Date: 6th November 2008 at 10:41am
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Harry Redknapp might not be able to return to Pompey to poach our players, or at least try to poach them, until January but ‘reports’ today are claiming that he is coming back to take two members of our backroom staff – and two key members at that…

Chief scout Ian Broomfield is ‘said’ to have left his post at Pompey yesterday, although nothing has been officially confirmed or denied by Pompey – but ‘rumour’ has it he is already making his way to Spurs to join Redknapp.

Another that is being ‘linked’ with Spurs is David Coles, who has been a revelation since joining as our goalkeeping coach.

Losing one or both would be a major blow, as we cannot underestimate the job that both have done.

Sure, Redknapp might have been a big draw to players but Broomfield – and his team of scouts – sourcing others has been key to our success; so losing him would be a very bad thing. As said Redknapp was a big draw but the role that Broomfield has played – and Peter Storrie to be fair – in bringing players to the club cannot be underestimated, so as much as losing him as manager was a big blow losing our chief scout would arguably be an even bigger blow! Would other scouts also follow him…

As for Coles the upturn in fortunes for David James since his arrival as goalkeeping coach is more than coincidental – he has worked wonders with rebuilding James’ confidence and bringing the very best of his ability out of him again, not to mention the work he has done with our other keepers. Losing him would be something that I feel James would take very badly, as would our other keepers and the side as a whole. So hopefully this will be enough to convince him that staying here is the right thing.

Until something official is announced all this remains mere speculation, although it is already being ‘said’ that Tony Adams and Storrie are going to fight to keep Coles in a bid to prevent him from again working with Redknapp, as he had with the lot down the road prior to us…

Losing players to him would be bad enough, but the coaching side of things and scouting network being ripped apart would have as big an impact, if not more so for me.


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