Former Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp tips team for promotion from League Two this season

Harry Redknapp

The former QPR and Tottenham manager has high hopes for his former club.

Harry Redknapp is perhaps best known for his time at Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham, but perhaps his biggest success came with Portsmouth.

He took over at Pompey for the first time in 2002. He spent two years at the club, winning promotion to the Premier League in the 2002-03 season before leaving in November 2004.

After a spell at rival club Southampton he came back to Pompey in 2005 and stayed for three years, keeping them in the Premier League as well as winning the FA Cup in 2008.

It was then he went to Spurs and since then Pompey have been on a downward spiral. Portsmouth were spending money they didn’t have and looked to be staring at financial abyss.

They have since dropped all the way down to the bottom rung of the Football League ladder and have been in League Two for two seasons.

This year there is real hope around the club. Despite losing star player Jed Wallace to Wolves, fans are optimistic of a great run this term, and potential promotion.

They have appointed a top manager in Paul Cook, formerly of Chesterfield. Then there is their impressive transfer business.

Kyle Bennett, Kal Naismith, Enda Stevens, Adam Barton, Michael Doyle, Christian Burgess and Adam McGurk just to name a few of the top names to have arrived this summer.

With that in mind, many are tipping them for promotion this season – including Redknapp himself.

On his Kicca account today he wrote:

“There have been big changes at Portsmouth with new manager Paul Cook coming in. Cooky knows the league well and has done a job in the lower leagues before.

“The club has a great fan base and the stadium will be rocking if they get off to a good start.

“Portsmouth have a great fan base, no other club in that league can call on gates of 15,000-16,000…

“Portsmouth are now debt free and I think they’ve got a great chance to get out of League Two and go on a run and I’d be absolutely delighted if they did.”

Pompey fans can finally begin to get excited again and it seems Redknapp is joining in the frenzy.

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