Harry predicted a storm…we didn’t expect a monsoon!


Football
FanCast guest columnist
Steve Bannister is delighted
to see the storm clouds lift at Fratton Park.

When Harry walked out on the football club and
brought to our attention that the storm clouds were gathering over Portsmouth,
I don't think none of us realised the sheer magnitude of our situation. We were
all left to ask ourselves as to how we got ourselves into this financial mess
in the first place, especially as the sales of the likes of Defoe and Diarra
did little to make a dent in the debt we found ourselves in.

The last 12 months have been hell on earth and only
Leeds supporters can probably understand what we have gone through. Only last
week we simply had two weeks to secure finance otherwise we were going under
and thankfully Al Faraj saved us and injected the necessary funding to not only
keep us afloat, but promised a huge chunk of money to spend in the January
window to rebuild the football club.

The relief is incredible, but there is a real anger
deep down inside of me that we got in this state in the first place and how the
previous regime was close to destroying. Inexplicably Storrie still remains,
but the role of our former chairman and a certain Mr Redknapp contributed to it
must also be brought into question. I know Harry will probably carp on about
the success that came our way and try and attempt to justify that he made x
amount of profits from sales, but the fact still remains we couldn't afford to
buy those players, pay the wages we did, for those who were later sold on for
big money. What the hell were we playing at; was it really worth it for one FA
Cup??

Harry of course has been a little bit sheepish about
the events and it is clear he doesn't hold his hands up to any responsibility.
In many ways I suppose he shouldn't, it was up to the likes of Storrie to say
NO, but Redknapp ain't stupid and has been in the game long enough to realise
that a club that gets the attendances we do cannot pay top wages for players,
was he really that naive? I read that Harry was actively trying to find buyers
to save the club, although my cynical mind tells me that it was merely a
sweetener and a way of trying to defuse the hostile reception that I expect him
to get next week on his return with Spurs to Fratton Park. My own view is that
if he was looking to save the club then full credit to him, but a part of me
feels it is the least he could have done, considering the part he had played in
getting us in the situation we found ourselves in.