Redknapp signs three-year deal to stay at Pompey

May 25, 2006

Harry Redknapp has signed a new three-year deal with Portsmouth as he looks to build on their Barclays Premiership survival.

The 59-year-old rejoined Portsmouth from neighbours Southampton in December, and helped them preserve their top flight status with a strong finish to the term.

He has also expressed a hope that son Jamie, the former England and Liverpool midfielder might join his coaching staff.

Upon joining Pompey for a second time, Redknapp signed only until the end of the season but will now stay at Fratton Park until 2009.

Chief executive Peter Storrie told the club's official website, www.pompeyfc.co.uk: 'It is nice to get the matter sorted and now we can concentrate on moving this club forwards and upwards to where it belongs.

'The ending to the season was only the beginning as far as everyone connected with the club are concerned and Harry is now the man who will take us on from here.'

Redknapp has successfully patched up his relationship with Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric, which looked to have collapsed after a series of rows in late 2004.

Redknapp resigned and soon joined south coast rivals Southampton, who he was unable to save from relegation from the Premiership.

With neither Velimir Zajec or Alain Perrin proving capable replacements for Redknapp, Mandaric again turned to Redknapp as the 2005-06 season began terribly for Portsmouth.

His decision to quit Southampton and join Portsmouth resulted in increased disharmony between the two clubs, but the appointment proved a sound decision by Mandaric.

He and Redknapp are back on good terms - hardly surprising after six wins and two draws in their last 10 Premiership games moved Pompey out of the relegation zone after they had dropped eight points below the safety line following a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa on March 4.

With Alexandre Gaydamak becoming a co-owner and investing in the playing squad, the club's prospects are apparently looking up.

They are looking to strengthen the existing squad and are keeping a keen eye on Serbo-Montenegrin striker Nikola Zigic, after being priced out of the market for Andy Johnson and warned off Henri Camara by Wigan.

They are also negotiating over a deal for Argentinian midfielder Andres D'Alessandro, who was on loan for five months at Portsmouth last season and made a big impression.

Wolfsburg want £4million for him but the more thorny issue appears to concern personal terms, with Storrie claiming D'Alessandro is demanding more than £30,000 a week.