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Harry Redknapp has “stabbed Portsmouth in the back”

Spurs boss shows a lack of respect to former employers

John ‘Mr Portsmouth’ Westwood

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is due back in Portsmouth tomorrow to be awarded with the Freedom of the City. There’s little doubt that he earned the accolade for his time on the south coast, but die-hard fan/ slightly mental person John Westwood (pictured above) has expressed his obvious disappointment at the events of the weekend:

“Every fan feels let down. When he came back from Southampton he said how much he loved the club and this would be his last job. Yet again he’s stabbed us all in the back and left us in the lurch.”

‘Arry has done little to soften the blow to Pompey fans, and has in fact done quite the opposite: his speech about managing a ‘big club’ must have stung as much his comments about breaking his toe during last week’s UEFA Cup game: “If I knew I was going to join Spurs I wouldn’t have got so wound up.”

So, does Harry owe an apology (or at the least a little respect) to the club he said he wouldn’t leave? Or is his behaviour acceptable at a time where everybody in football has a price? Let us know with a comment below.

[Quote: The Telegraph]

9 responses so far
  • Jem // October 27, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Harry – Welcome to Spurs.
    Pompey fans – I’m sorry – you are some of the greatest fans in the Premiership.

  • billiospur // October 27, 2008 at 10:04 am

    real portsmouth fans know they have been set in a very good position from the redknapp years and are a top EPL side ….so to get the right new manager and maintain the momentum is key, jordan and adams also instrumental,
    its not an insult to portsmouth fans but after many years its a time for moving on for Harry
    and Spurs .thats football

  • Pompey Photo Gallery // October 27, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Harry Redknapp has done what most people would do in any given situation, and that is take a job that he feels is a last chance to have a big job.
    Sure, everyone feels let down and rightly so.
    He’s gone for the money and glory, no doubt about it and shows that he is only looking after himself and his family financially.
    As per the comment above, not only is it time to move on, it’s time to move onwards and upwards.
    I just don’t know if he’ll come back tomorrow to collect his freedom of the city?

  • gettingthereslowly // October 27, 2008 at 10:25 am

    its just his record of turning clubs around I’m sure if any club with a footballing history like spurs that was in comuting distance came in for him where he would be given funds to produce a team that would be able to compete for the title he would of taken it . Like players have goals so do managers .Its moste likely the first time this has happend to harry he is a gentlemen i once watched him sign autographs for kids while trying to watch his son play for england he didn’t turn away any of them .portsmouth should be thinking how fortunate they were to of had him has thier manager at least he never left you stuggling and i’m sure he found it a very hard decision and one of the first results he’ll look for is portsmouth.

  • Upminster Iron // October 27, 2008 at 10:30 am

    If Alan Curbishley had done this to Portsmouth, he would be vilified but because Redknapp has his cheeky chappy persona and gave thousands of interviews straight after moving to keep the papers and TV folk onside, he receives favourable coverage and some Portsmouth fans buy it. Years ago it was Bonzo, now Storrie, Adams, Campbell and Crouch have been ditched now that they serve no more use to him.

    I hope you go for either Curbs or Gary Johnson, they will see you alright.

  • Mike // October 27, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    How can anyone seriously say this isn’t a smart hire by Spurs; they needed a proven experienced manager with a track record of winning, success and consistency.

  • redMist // October 27, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Harry is the right manager to get Spurs back in the premier league, and its good for his career to move on, especially as Pompey are obviously struggling financially. The real stabbing though will come in January when Diarra, Defoe and Glen Johnson get poached…

  • Elio // October 27, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    It’s not so much the fact that he’s left us in the lurch, it’s the way he goes about things and the blatant lies. He is the biggest ego in football management, more so than Mourinho, and I just hope Spurs are a big enough club to massage that ego and shut him up.

  • Lordofthewing // October 27, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    ‘Arry was just being his usual loyal and trustworthy self…..

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