Paul Hart, the Portsmouth manager, has urged supporters to remember the success Harry Redknapp brought the club rather than vilify their former hero. Redknapp was branded "Judas" by fans after twice walking out; first to join rivals Southampton in 2004 and then moving to White Hart Lane last October months after proclaiming Portsmouth was his spiritual home.
Hart said: "Our crowd does not need a lot to get fired up and I am sure there will be a bit of spice, but what we have achieved in the last two years is unprecedented and that is all down to one fella. Everybody will always remember going to Wembley, and playing in Europe is a massive achievement. Supporters have always got on the back of the opposition and I think that is expected. I just want our fans to get behind the team."
Hart also admits he owes a huge debt of gratitude to Redknapp for rescuing him from the dole queue by appointing him as head of the club's newly-formed academy in 2007. Hart said: "We are still friends and I speak to Harry all the time. He rang me straight after we won at Wolves, but that is what he does. When I was out of work I wrote to every Premier League club, saying I wanted to get back into youth development and Harry was the first to get on the phone."Reuse content