Distin: We must keep going
Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin only discovered that Harry Redknapp had left after browsing the internet on Sunday morning.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 27/10/08 5:28pm
Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin only discovered that his former manager Harry Redknapp had left to join Tottenham after browsing the internet on Sunday morning.
Distin admits that some of the players did not even find out that their manager had gone until they reported to Fratton Park for their match against Fulham on Sunday.
He said: "Some players came to the ground and only heard Harry had left when they arrived. I only found out on the internet in the morning of the game but that was quite a surprise.
"It happened so late on Saturday night that most of us had gone to bed preparing for the game.
"Some people bought a newspaper on the way to the game, but others just came to the ground and found out when they were told.
"That might seem strange, but that's the way football works. It happens when players are sold quickly or managers are sacked by the board. As a player you cannot have any influence on these things."
The 30-year-old was brought to the South Coast by Redknapp on a free transfer from Manchester City and the defender could be on his old boss' shopping list come January if he decides to come back and raid Portsmouth.
Other Pompey players who have been rumoured to follow Redknapp to Spurs are midfielder Lassana Diarra, striker Jermain Defoe - who he signed from Spurs in January - and Croatian Niko Kranjcar.
Part and parcel
But Distin is philosophical about the whole situation.
"It's part and parcel of the game. Plenty of clubs have lost their manager in the past and it will happen again in the future. So there is not much point talking too much about it.
"Harry has made his mind up. He has gone and we now we have to carry on with our good work at this club. We have started something and we need to finish it. The players are paid to play football, that is our job whatever, the circumstances."
Redknapp has decided to go back to Portsmouth on Tuesday afternoon, where he will be awarded the Freedom of the City following his achievements last season.
Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie is hoping that common sense prevails and Harry gets the adulation he deserves.
He said: "I had always hoped he would be there because it is a mark of the fantastic job he has done for the club.
"I think people who have made comments about him should realise what he's done and also realise that this is entirely his own choice and that there was nothing we could do to prevent him leaving for Spurs."