Pompey PubCast's Sam Matterface reflects on Harry
Redknapp's departure from Fratton Park.
So it's true….Harry
Redknapp has joined Spurs after the White Hart Lane club paid Portsmouth 5
million pounds in compensation.
approached on Friday morning whilst warming down on the beach in Portugal
by the Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy, who was given permission (albeit
reluctantly) to talk to Redknapp.
At that point Harry
Redknapp then had a decision to make. Had he achieved everything he could at
Portsmouth? Was the lure of the Tottenham job just too hard to resist? It turns
out the answer to both those questions is yes.
He also told me
what we already knew. Portsmouth is up for sale. He told me his long
term future was uncertain; "If
a new owner comes in," he said "They
might not want me, and this is the chance to manage a massive club before I
retire." He also said that five million represented a lot of
compensation and was a good deal for the club. In truth it is a lot more than
most clubs are compensated in similar situations. Redknapp has taken
Portsmouth to heights unexpected on the day he arrived as Director of Football
in 2001, and with a squad assembled that gives them a sure footing.
In our conversation he
expressed genuine appreciation and affection for the club and his fans, and
whatever your view, your raw emotion, as you wake to this news, no one can
argue that he has been one of the greatest manager's in the club's history. But
everyone knows some, understandably will find it hard to take. After all,
statistically Portsmouth have been better with him than without him.
It's disappointing that
the marriage is over, but the split was always going to come – the shock
is, no one believed it would be soon.