PORTSMOUTH fans have reacted with vitriolic anticipation to the revelation of Harry Redknapp’s participation in this year’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
Supporters Trust member and former director Mick Williams, 70, said: ‘I don’t like the man. I don’t normally watch the programme but I will be this year – I will definitely be phoning in to ensure he gets some nasty trials. Hopefully he will have to eat kangaroo’s testicles.’
Fan, John Westwood, 55, added: ‘I don’t generally watch the programme but I hope to hear he suffered in there.’
Supporters said the the ill-feeling towards Redknapp was down to his departure for arch-rivals Southampton and leaving the club for a second time despite assuring fans he was staying.
‘I can’t stand the man since he went to Southampton. He divided a lot of people at the club,’ added John.
Fellow fan, Russ Kerr, 30, added: ‘He jumped ship and should have shown more loyalty to the club. I would like to see him doing the trials just for comedy value.’
After his role in helping to re-establish the solvency of the club, Mick Williams is also annoyed by the part he feels Redknapp played in destroying the club’s finances.
‘The financial state we were left in was dreadful. While the owners were mainly culpable, Redknapp certainly played his part,’ said Mick.
Fans believe money and publicity were the motivation behind his place on the show. ‘I expect he is taking part because he wants to be back in the public eye,’ said John.
‘I believe he is receiving the biggest ever fee in the show’s history,’ added Mick.
After also leaving Southampton to return to Pompey, Saints also took a swipe at their former manager by tweeting: ‘Careful Harry doesn’t leave half way through to join Strictly’.