Harry Redknapp reveals levels of abuse he received after taking over as Saints boss (From Daily Echo)
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Harry Redknapp reveals levels of abuse he received after taking over as Saints boss
8:02am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Sport
HARRY Redknapp has revealed the huge levels of abuse he received after taking over Saints in 2004.
Writing in his book ‘Always Managing’ - released tomorrow - Redknapp details the lengths Portsmouth followers went to in the wake of him taking over at St Mary’s.
Redknapp was sensationally appointed Saints boss in December 2004, just weeks after he had left Pompey.
He said geography made his decision easy.
“Why should I have to move up the other end of the country?
“I thought enough people would see the logic for me.
“I was very, very wrong.
“The first day in, I realised the backlash was going to be horrendous.
“Southampton’s training ground is at Marchwood. To get to it I had to drive down a long country lane to a T-junction and turn right.
“As I approached that first morning in the distance I could see substantial roadworks taking place.
“There were what looked like signs, too - except they weren’t signs. The nearer I got, I could see they were banners. ‘Judas’, ‘Scum’ and a few other choice phrases.
“The contractors were Portsmouth boys, about 10 of them, and they were there to welcome me every morning for months. They had plenty to say too.”
Redknapp’s book, written by the help of Daily Mail journalist Martin Samuel, is being serialised in the Mail newspaper this week.
In one of today’s extracts, Redknapp said of the abuse: “Even at home there was no respite.
“We live on the sea and a lot of Portsmouth boys go out fishing my way. I’d be out in my garden and I would hear the unmistakable accents. ‘You ******* scum, Redknapp.’ “I’d hear the abuse every day ringing out from the boats, even from our kitchen. They don’t hold back, the fishermen; they’re a tough group.
“Then there were the phone calls. Someone posted my mobile number on the internet and it would ring 24 hours a day with abuse.”
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