posted on May, 10 2004 @ 06:44 AM
Harry Redknapp is on the verge of leaving Portsmouth after his assistant Jim Smith and first-team coach Kevin Bond were informed on Saturday that they
had no future at the club beyond this Saturday's fixture with Middlesbrough. Portsmouth's owner-chairman Milan Mandaric is believed to have forced out
Smith and Bond, which could provoke Redknapp to resign. Redknapp is well aware of the financial implications of resigning but he is willing to walk
out in support of Smith and Bond, citing a mutual disagreement.
The exact nature of the falling-out remains uncertain but Mandaric appears to believe that he can run the club with another coach and get the team to
perform as well as they have over the past two seasons under Redknapp and Smith.
Mandaric would also appear to think that Portsmouth's supporters will accept the decision, even though Smith is a popular former manager of the club,
having been in charge from 1991 to 1995.
Trouble has been brewing at Portsmouth and it is no coincidence that in every interview given by Redknapp that he has described the past two seasons
as the best in the fans' memory. After Saturday's defeat at Leicester, Redknapp, 57, said he was already worrying about next term, and laughed off
south coast reports linking him with the Tottenham job, for which he was quoted recently at 66-1 with the bookmakers.