Monday, August 06, 2007


I really don't like Harry Redknapp. Whenever I look at him I always think of a shady dirty second-hand car dealer. Most of the players he has bought into the club are usually a miss. Think of the likes of Hayden Foxe, Gianluca Festa, Vincent Pericard, Sebastien Schemmel, Ivica Mornar, John Curtis, Andy Griffin, Aliou Cisse and Ricardo Fuller. Christ, he let go Peter Crouch, who is pretty decent (you have to be to play for Liverpool and England). He buys players like throwing spaghetti against a wall - eventually some of it will stick. Plus he doesn't play any good young players. Only Gary O'Neil is a regular, with Richard Duffy and Richard Hughes consigned to the touchline. Even then O'Neil required a loan spell at Cardiff City to prove his worth.

Now that Redknapp has gotten the money he needs to buy the players he wants after years of wheeling and dealing, he almost qualified for Europe last season. This season the chairman and the supporters will require more from him. They will demand success, especially after buying the likes of Muntari and Nugent. Yet with other teams such as Newcastle, Tottenham, Everton, Aston Villa and Manchester City buying up players like it was a discount sale, Redknapp might want to focus on the cup competitions for his avenue into Europe.

If Portsmouth fails disastrously this season, don't expect Redknapp to be in his job for long.

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