‘Arry would always choose Pompey over Saints

Harry Redknapp led QPR to a 2-1 win at Southampton on Saturday
Harry Redknapp led QPR to a 2-1 win at Southampton on Saturday
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Harry Redknapp has nailed his Pompey colours to the mast after overseeing Southampton’s downfall.

The ex-Blues boss insisted he would choose Pompey over their fierce rivals after masterminding QPR’s 2-1 win at St Mary’s on Saturday.

Redknapp remains a divisive figure on the south coast after spells in charge of both sides.

He, of course, masterminded Pompey’s return to the top flight of the English game after 15 years when they stormed to the Championship title in 2003.

Redknapp then left for Southampton in controversial circumstances in 2004.

He was in charge as they were relegated the same season, with a 4-1 loss at Fratton key to their downfall.

Redknapp then returned to Pompey in December 2005, referring to the club as his ‘spiritual home’, before masterminding the Great Escape the same season and later leading the Blues to FA Cup glory.

The QPR manager was given a rough ride by Southampton fans on Saturday, but stated he was ready for that.

And Redknapp made it clear his south coast allegiances lie with Pompey.

He said: ‘I expected the stick. I managed Portsmouth.

‘I had a great time at Portsmouth then I went to Southampton and enjoyed it, and then went back to Portsmouth and loved it there.

‘There’s two clubs down here, Southampton and Portsmouth.

‘If I had to say, Portsmouth would always be my club, to be honest with you. That’s how it is I’m afraid. I had a great time at Portsmouth.’