Date: 10th January 2008 at 9:33am
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I wrote most of this article yesterday evening to publish this morning, then found an email from pompeycarpet waiting in my inbox last night on this subject so ran with his – but with further ‘talk’ on the Harry Redknapp for the Toon today, with his saying that he is ‘happy on the South Coast’ I am now running it, with a few amendments and extensions…

‘Fat’ Sam Allardyce was sacked as Newcastle boss yesterday – the rights or wrongs of this are not something that I want to go into here and being brutally honest I do not much care…

…what I do care about is the fact that Redknapp is currently the early favourite with the bookies to take over.

Quite why he would want to leave Pompey and go to Newcastle I do not really know, maybe the fact that he would get a lot of money to spend could tempt him with one final challenge before calling it a day – but surely his challenge with us is enough of a challenge for him isn’t it.

I cannot see him leaving for Newcastle personally – well at least I hope not – as I would be surprised to see him manage another club other than Pompey before he does call it a day – he has too much to lose by leaving us again doesn’t he?

The only reason he would even think about leaving would be if Pompey do not match the ambition that he has… you could argue that not spending this month could be a sign of this – but in all fairness we did spend £30m in the summer, which is something that few of us could have ever imagined seeing us spend in such a short space of time.

Since writing the first half of this article Redknapp has told The Daily Express in a roundabout way that he does not want the job: ‘I really do not know anything about this. I have not spoken to anyone from Newcastle.

‘When I saw that Sam had left my immediate thoughts were that Alan Shearer was a certainty to take over.

‘There’s nothing in my being linked with the job. I had an offer not so long ago to take over at what I consider a massive club but I didn’t go.

‘I am happy down on the South Coast’.

I would have preferred it if he had said ‘I’m happy at Portsmouth’ but as I say in a roundabout way he has ruled out the job… just about.

Redknapp is a very family orientated man, they are all well settled where they are and have been for several years – so if for nothing else other than that I cannot see him uprooting for what could only be a matter of months or a year or so if that knowing they way Newcastle go through managers – he would be a mug to do so.

I also have this feeling, having slept on it that he will be thinking along the lines of ‘once bitten twice shy’ in regards to leaving Pompey for ‘another challenge’.

Whilst I would be happier if he came out an categorically stated he was not interested, this will do me for the time being – maybe these latest links with another job can convince Sacha Gaydamak to give him a few more quid to spend in this transfer window to ensure he does not go anywhere, it would be interesting to see if we ‘coincidentally’ saw this now happen…

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