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Don't Do It Harry

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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Date:Saturday January 12 2008
Time: 9:32AM

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Here Here, Nice artical.
12/01/2008 09:46:00
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
12/01/2008 10:11:00
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.
12/01/2008 10:12:00
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.
12/01/2008 10:21:00
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
12/01/2008 10:24:00
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
12/01/2008 10:27:00
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... ;)
12/01/2008 10:35:00
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!!!!
12/01/2008 10:40:00
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.
12/01/2008 10:41:00
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.
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