Portsmouth’s FA Cup Semi-Final: The Last Days Of Rome?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. ejh says:

    It’s not really down to Redknapp, though, is it? Although he manifestly manages football clubs in such a way as to endanger their financial position, the point is that it’s not the manager who is actually responsible for the financial state of a football club. He’s not doing anything that he’s not being permitted by the club owner to do.

    Similarly, I thought David James’ remarks about qualification for Europe, while interesting and informed, missed the point a little. The bonuses situation is surely a symptom rather than a cause, unless the bonuses were of such a magnitude to threaten, not somebody’s Cup Final place, but the existence of the club. They may be an absurdity on a couple of levels, but they’re a problem rather than the problem.

    (Apologies if this posting appears more than once, by the way – there seems to be a problem. Please delete if you wish.)

  1. April 10, 2010

    […] Ian over at the maddeningly marvelous twohundredpercent isn’t quite ready to let Redknapp completely off the hook in the wake of the financially damaged clubs under his previous purview: There is a clear line in the sand to draw between managers that frequently turn up as fire fighters at clubs that are already in desperate financial straits and the circumstances of Harry Redknapp’s career. It remains a stark fact that every club that Harry Redknapp has been involved with as a manager (Bournemouth, West Ham United, Portsmouth and Southampton) has suffered desperate hardship after his departure. This may merely come down to being a matter of Redknapp being persuasive when it comes to persuading chairmen to make money that a club has available. It may be just a coincidence (after all, Redknapp’s departure from Bournemouth in 1992 and West Ham in 2001 can hardly be blamed upon their current circumstances). The whispering, however, continues. […]

  2. April 10, 2010

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