Harry Redknapp has a message for any Portsmouth fans who blame him for the financial meltdown at the club: "It's not my fault."
The Tottenham manager returns to Fratton Park on Saturday afternoon for the first time since his move to White Hart Lane 12 months ago. He is likely to receive a volatile reception from sections of the Portsmouth supporters.
But Redknapp, who won the FA Cup with Portsmouth last year, believes he has no case to answer. Redknapp said: "Without what I did financially they wouldn't be there. I bought players and sold them for massive profits."
He added: "The wages they earned was nothing to do with me. I have no input into that.
"Lassana Diarra cost £7.5million including his wages and they got £22million for him. All I did was make them money. If they hadn't had such an astute manager who was so good in the transfer market they would have been skint.
"There was no money coming in from the owner. The only thing which kept them going was the buying and selling of players.
"Everyone goes on about Pompey being £35million or £40million in debt but that has nothing to do with me. That's to do with the people who handle the finances at the club."
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