Spurs boss stunned by Portsmouth decline

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp enjoyed his finest managerial moment in the FA Cup but he admits to being totally stunned by Portsmouth's plight since leading them to glory at Wembley.

Redknapp's Spurs team are challenging for a Champions League place but he insists the country's top knockout competition is just as important - and he is desperate to repeat his efforts of 2008 when he won the trophy with Pompey. Redknapp left Fratton Park five months later and Pompey have plummeted on and off the pitch and this week could have gone out of business due to their dispute with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

"I didn't see it coming when I left," Redknapp said. "They were selling players for fortunes and suddenly it's been like musical chairs with four owners there this season."

HMRC have lodged a winding-up petition against Pompey - which will be presented before a High Court judge after February 19 - but Redknapp is hoping his former club can be saved.

"It would be a disaster," he said. "We can't allow it to happen and there is always a way in the end. Before I went there they were in the same situation and Milan Mandaric came out of nowhere to save the club.

"I'm sure there are people out there, they'd be buying a club with a great tradition.

"I've been speaking every day to people there and hoping it will get sorted out.

"It's an amazing situation they've found themselves in but it's not just Portsmouth, there are so many clubs with an amazing amount of debt.

"At some of the biggest clubs there is an incredible amount of debt. Hopefully Pompey will find a new owner and they will move forward again."

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