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Portsmouth chief tells Newcastle to back off

If at first you don’t succeed, try try and try again. That may well be the motto of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley in terms of trying to secure the services of Pompey manager Harry Redknapp. However, the BBC report that the north-east ‘giants’ of football will be wasting their time by pursuing their number one target, with Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie confirming that their manager is staying put.

“Harry has made his decision and that is the end of the matter,” he said.

“It would become a bit of a farce if that changed,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“It is not about money, so they can offer what they like, it has happened and it has moved on and we would refuse any request,” said Storrie.

“This is a disruptive time, the timing is bad, it is the middle of transfer window and even if they did ask to speak to Harry, we would refuse.”

That didn’t stop Harry from having a good chinwag with Newcastle chairman Chris Mort on Friday, before coming to the conclusion that the huge wads of cash being offered to him wouldn’t change his life too much.

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