Redknapp didn't want Pompey meeting

Published Add your comment

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp admits facing his former club Portsmouth in the FA Cup semi-final was the draw he was dreading.

Redknapp has fond memories of his time at Fratton Park which included a cup triumph at Wembley before being tempted by White Hart Lane last season.

"I was pleased that Portsmouth got through but I really didn't want to draw them," Redknapp said.

"If I am honest I was hoping to draw Aston Villa but you cannot choose who you play.

"You expect the majority of people to be behind Portsmouth - except Southampton fans."

Redknapp won silverware with Pompey two years ago but he ranks keeping them in the Premier League, after returning there in the 2005/06 season, as his greatest triumph.

He said: "Going to Wigan and winning was a special day, when we were 10 or 11 points adrift with 10 games to go and went on that fantastic run.

"When I went back there really I would not be sitting here now if it had gone wrong. I took a massive gamble. It was the worst team I had ever seen in my life and we were so far adrift. Suddenly it was win, win, win."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
Wigan Athletic
Aston Villa
FA Cup

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again