Lua Lua pining for Redknapp
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Beleaguered Portsmouth manager Alain Perrin has come under increasing pressure.
Beleaguered Portsmouth manager Alain Perrin has come under increasing pressure after comments from striker Tresor Lomana Lua Lua.
The DR Congo international admits morale at Fratton Park is at a low ebb - a stark contrast to the mood under previous manager Harry Redknapp.
Indeed, skysports.com understand that the Pompey players would like chairman Milan Mandaric to make a bold bid to reunite them with their former boss.
Mandaric and Redknapp met recently to resolve their differences although switching South Coast clubs again would be a remarkable move for the Southampton chief.
Lua Lua believes Perrin is to blame with his cautious approach to the game having an adverse effect on his playing squad.
And, although Pompey's players are desperate to lift the gloom from Fratton Park, the writing could be on the wall for their French tactician.
"Last season the place was buzzing. We want that feeling once again," confirmed Lua Lua.
"Harry Redknapp didn't fear other sides and told us to attack."
Perrin's problems have been exacerbated by the unexpected absence of striker Dario Silva.
Silva has failed to report back for Pompey training following Uruguay's play-off defeat to Australia.
Chief executive Peter Storrie has launched an investigation into Silva's whereabouts.
But the 32-year-old's disappearance means Perrin's striking options are limited to one - Lua Lua - for the home game against Chelsea, live on PremPlus on Saturday.