Redknapp refutes leaving talk

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Harry Redknapp has described rumours that he was on the brink of leaving Spurs as “absolute rubbish.”

Bookmakers had slashed odds on Redknapp being the first managerial casualty of the Premier League season, with SkyBet offering no more than evens for any money laid.

This came in response to a wave of internet rumours suggesting Redknapp was on his way back to Portsmouth, in an effort to save the stricken club that he has already had two spells with.

Redknapp was left bewildered by the questions he faced after holding a Spurs training session ahead of the match with Bolton on Saturday.

“I’m definitely not leaving. it’s absolute nonsense. Absolute rubbish.

“I couldn’t be happier than I am here. There’s not a chance of that happening. I love it here and I have no intention of leaving. It couldn’t have gone better for me.”

Portsmouth are yet to pick up a solitary point in their seven matches this season, and rumours were circulating around the virtual highway that Redknapp was to head back to help the club with which he has had a strong affiliation with in his managerial career.

The situation on the south coast has been compounded by new owner Sulaiman Al FAhim heading into hospital in order to have kidney stones removed.

But Redknapp has drawn a line under such rumours, saying, “I left Portsmouth more than a year ago. Hopefully Portsmouth will get sorted out. I don’t know where people dream these stories up from.

“I just hope the guy who is in hospital recovers and puts his money in and Portsmouth will be fine. It’s been a difficult year for them.

“They’ve sold £80million worth of players and it’s sad to see them in that situation.

“I just hope the guy sticks to his word and gives Peter Storries the help he needs to sort the club out.”

Redkanpp also expressed his sympathy for the job Paul Hart has on his hands.

“It’s difficult for Harty. I took him there. It’s just sad. As somebody said, Portsmouth have found the only Arab who seems to be struggling for money. Everybody else has got millions of it. it’s sad to see them in that situation.”

Graeme Sharpe, spokesman for William Hill explained the staggering odds tumble that saw people questioning Redknapp’s position at Spurs.

“It is probably the bandwagon effect as usual, based on unsubstantiated gossip, but in volatile markets of this nature, you can’t afford to take a chance and we are being inundated with calls from punters wanting to bet that Harry will be the first to go.”

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