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Portsmouth hunts new manager after Redknapp's exit

Portsmouth hunts new manager after Redknapp's exit

Portsmouth began searching for a new manager Sunday as the Premier League club reels from Harry Redknapp's unexpected departure to Tottenham.
Spurs agreed to pay five million pounds (US$8 million; euro6 million) in compensation to sign Redknapp, who said the south coast club needed the money.
But Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie said the move was "forced upon us."
"All this is still a shock. Harry will certainly be a tough act to follow," Storrie said after Sunday's 1-1 draw with Fulham. "Replacing Harry as manager was not something we had thought of at all at this time yesterday, but of course the job of replacing him starts now.
"I have obviously spoken to (owner) Sacha (Gaydamak) and it will be decided between him and me _ with my recommendation."
Gaydamak could go for Sam Allardyce, an Englishman in Redknapp's mold who has been out of work since being fired by Newcastle in January.
Another option being mooted is bringing back former Portsmouth technical director Avram Grant, who moved to Chelsea and became manager after Jose Mourinho's exit. The Israeli lasted eight months before being fired in May despite finishing runner-up in the Premier and Champions Leagues and the League Cup.
Before leaving, Redknapp recommended to Storrie that assistant Tony Adams be promoted. The former Arsenal defender is in temporary charge with Joe Jordan.
"Joe is very experienced, Tony is up-and-coming in the managerial game and works very hard," Redknapp said. "I don't think either of them would do any harm, for sure."
There is no clause preventing Redknapp from signing players from Pompey and Spurs fans could be keen on Jermain Defoe, who left White Hart Lane in January.
"I accept that many players who have signed for us have signed because of him," Storrie said. "A lot of money has been spent here on players coming in and that's all from Sacha Gaydamak, who has continued to support the club financially.
"He was here today as usual for home matches and went in the dressing room to see people and reassure them."


Updated : 2020-11-30 05:55 GMT+08:00