Hart praises Redknapp

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Paul Hart has lavished praise on Harry Redknapp ahead of the potentially fracticious clash between Portsmouth and Tottenham on Saturday.

Redknapp returns to Fratton Park for the first time since leaving for Spurs a year ago and a hostile reaction is expected from the home fans.

But Paul Hart has called on the Pompey fans to appreciate what Redknapp did for the club, than dwell on his exit.

Hart has also thanked Redknapp on a personal level, after he brought Hart out of unemployment in 2007, giving him a job on the South Coast.

“He invited me here when I was out of work.

“I wrote around to Premiership football clubs and said ‘without taking anybody’s job, if you 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 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 I’m sure. What we’ve got to remember is what has been achieved at this football club over the past two or three years is unprecendented.

“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.”

Hart also backed Younes Kaboul and Kevin-Prince Boateng to shine, but insisted they have nothing to prove as their former employers come to town.

“People like Younes and Kevin have got to know what the bottom line is and that’s winning.

“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.”

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