Harry Redknapp has confirmed that he’s hardly the most loyal of people, after leaving Portsmouth at the weekend to go and manage Spurs. It wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the fact that he had previously stated that he would be at Fratton Park for as long as the South Coast club wanted him, and a group of Pompey fans have made their feelings known to the former manager.
The Press Association reports that Redders had the audacity to rock up and be given the freedom of Portsmouth on Tuesday, something that had been planned for some time. Despite it being just days since leaving them in the lurch, the Press Association reports that the Spurs boss had enough gall to deliver a speech, before running his herd of sheep around the city and stopping off for a few free pints.
The council decided to go ahead with the honour for Redknapp despite his departure from the city. But as he walked up to the stage in the Guildhall, there were loud boos from the public and shouts of “Judas”, while his replacement, Tony Adams, enjoyed loud cheers and chants of “Tony”.
A red-faced Redknapp shook his head as one member of the public shouted: “Get off the stage.”
He said, referring to his departure: “My timing has never been very good and, this week, it could never have been worse.
“It’s a great honour to receive this award, but I was only a member of a team. The fans are absolutely fantastic, but, most importantly, we assembled an amazing football team. The talent that is at this football club is top class. I’m sure with the players, the chairman and the support the club has, the club will only keep going forwards.”
Nevertheless, while Portsmouth fans were prepared to forgive Redknapp for going to Southampton when he returned to Fratton Park, they must feel as though they have somewhat been left in the lurch by their former manager this time around.