Hart praises Redknapp 'legacy'
Portsmouth manager Paul Hart has praised Harry Redknapp in the build-up to their clash with Spurs.
By James Riach
Last Updated: 16/10/09 2:11pm
Portsmouth manager Paul Hart has praised Harry Redknapp in the build-up to their Premier League clash with Spurs.
Redknapp returns to the South Coast on Saturday and is expected to receive a hostile reception from the Fratton Park faithful, but Hart wants the crowd to appreciate what he achieved at the club.
On a personal level, Hart also paid tribute to the Spurs boss for bringing him to Pompey in March 2007 when he was unemployed.
"He invited me here when I was out of work," he said.
"I wrote around to Premiership football clubs and said 'without taking anybody's job, if ever a vacancy became available, could you consider me?'.
"I wanted to get back into youth development and Harry got on the phone first.
"I had two other fantastic offers after that and I turned them down because he showed that faith in me. I definitely made the right choice to come here.
"Our crowd doesn't need a lot of encouraging and there will be a bit of spice there (during the game) I'm sure. What we've got to remember is that what has been achieved at this football club over the past two or three years is unprecedented.
"That was his legacy to us and it's hard for another manager to follow, especially with the change in circumstances at this football club.
"But I think everyone agrees getting to Wembley and Europe was a massive achievement."
Younes Kaboul and Kevin-Prince Boateng will come up against their old Tottenham team, but Hart insists they have nothing to prove to their former club.
"People like Younes and Kevin have got to know what the bottom line is and that's winning," he added.
"It's not about them and it's not about them proving anything - they don't have to prove anything to anybody. They're extremely good players.
"All we should be thinking about is Portsmouth and what we can achieve."