Harry happy with Pompey
By Robin Hackett
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Harry Redknapp is delighted with his side's success having failed to sign his 'big targets'.
Harry Redknapp believes Portsmouth have done brilliantly to be in with a chance of playing in Europe next season after the club failed in their attempts to bring in all of their 'big targets' last summer.
Redknapp made some significant signings in the summer, with the likes of Sol Campbell and David James helping Portsmouth's bid for a Uefa Cup place.
But he was unable to lure Stilian Petrov, Ryan Nelsen, Gareth Barry and Nicolas Anelka to Fratton Park, and feels that, as a result, the club's impressive form this year has been against the odds.
"We have got ourselves into that position where we are in with a shout of making Europe, but we would have all been delighted to be where we are now at the start of the year," he told The News.
"All the big targets I went for in the summer I couldn't get. I went for Stilian Petrov, Ryan Nelsen, Gareth Barry and Nicolas Anelka.
"We went for them all at one time, but we couldn't get them. We didn't get any of the players we really chased.
"I ended up getting Kanu four days before the season started. He was training over the park or something until we signed him.
"So we have done great to get where we are."