By Site reporter
Tuesday 20 May 2008 22:10:00
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The clamour is growing for Harry Redknapp to be honoured for bringing the FA Cup back to Pompey.

There are two schools of thought: one is that he should have a statue built, perhaps at the new training ground; the other is that he should be knighted for his services not just to Pompey but to football in general.

One national newspaper has already done a mock-up of how a Harry statue would look, while The News is spearheading the campaign for the latter honour.

The leader of Portsmouth City Council, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, is backing the knighthood call. He said: 'Harry is so deserving of an honour, not only for his contribution to Pompey but his services to football.

'One of the great things about him is the way in which he takes players who have been written off by other football clubs and who have lost their confidence, and he builds them back up again. People like Kanu. He was written off, now look at him. That kind of thing is an outstanding contribution to football.

'I would ask anyone from Portsmouth and the surrounding area to support the nomination.'

The News also quoted Barry Dewing, of the Pompey Independent Supporters Association (PISA), who said: 'Harry is a football legend. Anything that recognises his achievements and work is a fantastic thing. I'll certainly be pledging my support.'

Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie said: 'Obviously I'd support Harry getting an honour. There's a lot of people who have done a lot for football and Harry's one of them. He's a servant to football.

'But the other things he does should be taken into account too like the charity work and time he gives up to talk at schools for example. He's always got time for people.'

A knighthood is one of the highest honours an individual in the United Kingdom can achieve. It recognises exceptional achievement or service to national life.

A nomination form has to be sent directly, or indirectly via Buckingham Palace or 10 Downing Street, to the nominations team of the Ceremonial Secretariat.

It then goes to an honours team and on to a sub-committees senior civil servants and experts before going to the the Cabinet Secretary who, in turn, submits the list to the prime minister for submission to the Queen.

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