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Don't Do It Harry

This morning sees the unusual event of me sticking my nose in business that doesn't concern me, but hey, everyone is allowed to deviate from their agenda from time to time.

As most of you will have noticed, this week the back pages have been full with news, facts and speculation regarding the currently manager-less Newcastle United.

The Barcodes, rather humorously, relieved themselves of that odious slack jawed thug-monger, big fat Sam Allardyce, in a manner that can only be described as 'poetic', and now, big club that they are, are scouring the globe for a new gaffer.

The image of Newcastle United is a false one. Painted as a big club, the only big thing about them was the previous manager's waistband. Big clubs are as such because of their ability to win trophies, and if Tottenham Hotspur have won more silverware than you in the last 50 years then you've gotta start questioning your status.

So I found myself feeling quite disappointed this morning as I read that Portsmouth's Harry Redknapp is listed as the favorite to take over at St James' Park.

What Redknapp has achieved at Fratton Park is nothing short of astounding, indeed his shrewdness in the transfer market and willingness to play football is almost a mirror image of Arsene Wenger (well not really but you understand the sentiment) hell, the have enough former members of the Arsenal down there that I follow their results with great interest, wishing all former Gooners well.

In a time where money rules all in football, any move for Harry to the North East would only suggest to me that a large wedge of green has been flashed in his direction. I can't believe that Redknapp would move there for the history and tradition of a once great football club as, quite frankly, there is none. A club that Stuart Peace once described as 'sterile' couldn't possibly offer him the same intimate feeling he gets at Portsmouth. Indeed, even the clapped out Fratton Park provides more character than that massive hunk of metal and concrete the Geordies call home.

Portmouth even offer Redknapp a better chance of playing European club football next season with his boys sitting pretty in a position to battle for a UEFA cup place despite not having scored at home for the past 35 years. Hell, they're only 5 points outside the much sought after Champions League spots.

So come on Harry, don't ruin your career by signing for a club who have had at least ten managers since Arsene Wenger arrived in England (see there are Arsenal connections to this story), and stay at Portsmouth and finish what you started.

You know it makes sense.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 12 2008

Time: 9:32AM

Your Comments

Here Here, Nice artical.
I never understand managers (or players for that matter) that move clubs when they are extremely happy with their current position (for this reason alone Le Tissier will always have my upmost respect). Harry Redknapp is a great manager for portsmouth but last time he left them (for southampton), he was pretty much a failure. I'm not talking about the relegation because they were already in a woeful position, but his signings didn't work & they never looked comfortable & you can only see the same thing happening if he goes up north. He loves his house, he loves the area in which he lives & he loves portsmouth fc, so why give all that up for the most over-rated job in english football??
Ashburton Gooner
Looks like Harry read my article and then made the right decision.....breaking news is he's staying at Portsmouth. Now come on Newcastle, so the right thing and give Shearer the job.
Aside from being a Gooner I'm also a football fan, and I think Redknapp's decision to stay can only be good for the game, and especially Portsmouth.
I like Harry, moving to Newcastle would force me to reconsider! Were Allardyce not such a *****, I would feel sorry for him for being hounded out my that mindless bunch of slack jawed hicks they call "supporters." Harry will only be treated the same.
Little Dutch
I hope that breaking news is true, he would be mad to leave Portsmouth, he did it once before and came to his senses when it was too late, luckily they had him back. But to be honest I have nothing against Newcastle, in fact I really liked them during the Keegan years, I just don't think they have ever recovered from those Keegan highs, which is why they are so demanding now. They got what they deserved when they signed Fat Sam though, a man who has made a career out of creating teams that try to avoid playing football.
Professor Calculus
Thanks for your support fellas - As you know there's a lot of respect for you lot down here - It's true he staying at Pompey ... Seriously the relief down here is incredible... Imagine how you would have felt if Arsene was ever to consider leaving.. Play up Pompey and you guys go grab that title back from those northerns *****ers... and put it back were it belongs in the Gunners Board room.... until that is we take it off you... ;)
Chix - I would love it for Portsmouth to reach the dizzying height of challenging for the PL. Especially at the expense of for the time being I'll accept a Pompy UEFA cup place at the expense of Spurs!!!!
He might make some money out of it but Harry would gain little else from going to Newcastle. Good to see him staying where he is if that's true. He has done a good job for Pompey and has earned wider respect as a consequence. Staying there will only increase that respect.
Top bombing Paul, i wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment. I do not get this whole 'they are a sleeping giant' thing. Following the Wenger philosophy, as you say Portsmouth are sitting prettier than the barcodes - how much more satisfying would it be for Harry to create a real legacy at Portsmouth and truly raise their standing into European competitors, rather than take on the carcass at St James Park.
»»Arsene Knows««
And to you pompey folk - I hope the news is true that Harry is staying - you are a good club, and doing good things, with Harry at the helm. Speaking as a cockney lad, after readign an interview with Redknapp a while ago, he seems a real 'salt-of-the-earth' type and hasn't forgotten his roots, he seems a good bloke, and as such, he's better off with Pompey, a club i perceive as a family club, and at the moment you guys are going places. He should definitely stay with Pompey. I hope this latest news is true.
»»Arsene Knows««
wow, arsnal has always been my favourite club in the top 4 - but your support here has ust taken you up to dizzying heights! The latest news is certainly true, harry is staying, andhopefull we can fulfill your wishes of taking chelskis champions league space (and at the same time, everton might nick liverpools...and man city might nab man us). good luck winning the title, good luck for the next 3 seasons, before we come to take it off you, and have fun playing the best football in the world. as the saying goes, the world is your oyster...well, sort of. anyway, the quadrouple is there for the taking, and just so long as it doesnt involve beating us, go for it!
Thanks Wingston an yep it's now official he's staying out.. I hope he can deliver us what Rocky7 and the rest of you guys would like to see ... Pompey in the UEFA cup instead of Spurs ;)
up the Arsenal-Portsmouth alliance
fran merida
he's rejected the contract now... i dont even understand how anyone could even think of making that move.. Newcastle are getting worse, pompey better.... why would u move...
Don't do it Harry.
Harry will NEVER go to Newcastle especially the way they pressured Fat Sam and above all, Harry has it all with Pompey. :)
Great article, exactly my sentiment. Thanks for sticking your nose in business that doesn't concern you and us. But yeah we think Pompey's a good club and Harry Redknapp a good manager, even why he gave Newcastle a thought is beyond me. Glad that he's chosen to stay on the south coast where he belongs. And really hope he finishes the great work what he's started there. Good luck to you Pompey guys too, just not against us. :)
Lou the Gunneress
I like how they did that interview with Harry in a kitchen/pantry:,20285,12606_3041500,00.html
Lou the Gunneress
I was surprised that Harry was even considering a move. I really like him as a manager, and he does believe in the Wenger way as Rocky points out. Good thing for him and Pompey that he is staying put.
David James was delighted about Harry's decision:
Lou the Gunneress
I don't think your club Arsenal is a big club or anywhere near the big european clubs! can't remember the last time arsenal win anything in Europe!!! poor you...please don't think you are a big club cos big club always win stuff in europe...unfortunately arsenal is not!! hey plus England didn't even qualify for EURO 2008! hahahah and also now need an italian to help you and teach you to play football!! so you need us to teach you how to win stuff? and begging us!!!lol come on just accept that Italian football is better than your country England
ytl or canavaro,you're a big cheesey knobhead
fran merida
I think Keegan was the only man that really wanted the job!!
will it ever happen

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