How to make Redknapp less unpopular?
By Site reporter
Monday 08 Jun 2009 21:36:00
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Harry Redknapp and Joey Barton both at Fratton next season? At least only one of them could be the most unpopular figure ever to be on the Pompey payroll.

Rumours of Redknapp being favoured by Pompey’s new owner have had fuel added to them by former chairman Milan Mandaric saying he should be given a third spell at the Blues’ helm.

And that came on the same day as fresh reports of a £5m bid for Barton, one of the most despised men in football.

The chances are both will end up as no more than paper talk, but once the takeover by The Doc goes through, there may at least be some early tests of his promise to do what the fans want him to do.

If he follows that policy to anything like the letter, he will surely give both Redknapp and Barton a wide berth – however effective you think either might be to a Premier League.

Mandaric, the man who appointed Redknapp as manager not once but twice, the second time after bitterly falling out with him and pretending to strangle him at a press conference, told The News Redknapp was one of the best managers in the country and could do a job for Pompey again.

He said: 'Harry Redknapp is a fantastic manager. He knows and understands the game far better than most. He's a top manager and the right manager for Portsmouth. I rate him so highly.

'Managing people is his best quality. He's not perfect and sometimes he would drive me crazy, but that quality always prevails. When we were struggling I brought him back to the club. It wasn't a popular decision in all areas, but Portsmouth have the best supporters and they forgave him because they could. It was the best move for the club. Harry ate his humble pie and the rest is history.

'The club is the biggest thing and you have to do the best for it, even if it is a big decision.

‘You've got to do the right thing and if bringing Harry to the club is what he needs to do, that is what he has to do.'

Mandaric, now running Leicester City, also told The News he was delighted Pompey had stayed up and had all but secured new ownership.

What’s your view on the takeover? How high can Dr Al Fahim lift the Blues? Tell us on the forum.


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