Harry Redknapp is the star of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here – Cheryl Gibbs

7 - The look on their face when you ask "Harry Redknapp used to manage Pompey didn't he? So you must really like him?"
7 - The look on their face when you ask "Harry Redknapp used to manage Pompey didn't he? So you must really like him?"
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Harry Redknapp is a name that divides people in this city.  On the one hand you have the Love Harry camp, which I’m in. And then you get the Hate Harry camp which I’m definitely not part of, but a lot of people in Portsmouth are.  

Hate is probably too strong a word, but you know what I mean.

Harry is currently in Australia as one of the celebrities in this year’s I’m a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here and I was absolutely thrilled when I found out he was going in. 

He’s such a character and I was interested to see if he would talk much about his time managing Portsmouth Football Club.

On Wednesday night's programme he managed to get in how he led us to FA Cup victory in 2008.

He also spoke about managing Bournemouth Football Club for 10 years and his time at Tottenham – not a mention about his time at Southampton, though.

Is it wrong that I was pleased about that?

I don’t particularly understand or get this whole Portsmouth versus Southampton rivalry thing that’s been going on between the cities for decades. 

But I didn’t like it when Harry went to manage Southampton – for some reason that felt just a little too far, even for me. 

So I was thrilled when he returned to Pompey, but others in the city have stronger feelings about it than I do. 

Many have never forgotten what they feel was a betrayal from a man who said he was devoted to our club.

However, people do make mistakes and I would like to forgive and forget that it ever happened. 

Most would agree that he’s come across really well in the jungle. 

He just makes me laugh all the time with the comments he comes out with, especially those referring to the kind of meat he’s been having to eat.

He’s clearly not used to such, erm, exotic food and he’s struggled with it.

I’m interested to keep watching and will be keen to hear him talk more about his experience and his time in our great city.  

I miss Ant but Holly is a joy to watch on TV

Talking of I’m a Celebrity... I have to admit that TV presenter Holly Willoughby has surpassed my expectations in co-presenting the show with Declan Donnelly. 

When ITV announced that Holly would be stepping in because Ant was taking time out due to his troubled personal life, I wasn’t sure she was the right pairing for Dec.

Apart from having huge shoes to fill, Ant and Dec have worked together for so long and have a natural chemistry together that I didn’t think anyone, let alone This Morning’s Holly, would be able to fill his shoes. 

While I really hope Ant comes back next year, I have to say Holly’s done a darn good job. Well done girl. 

DIY SOS star Nick is coming across as a true jungle gent

I met Nick Knowles a couple of times as I used to produce for Topical Television, a production company based in Southampton.

I worked on a couple of series of BBC One’s Close Calls, a rescue series about people who have had near-death experiences and accidents that were caught on camera and Nick is the presenter.

He’s also in I’m a Celebrity… and he’s coming across as a true gent.

I have only met him twice and he seemed nice enough to me.

He’s doing wonders in the jungle, giving up his pillow for The Chase’s Anne Hegerty and generally being an all-round nice guy.

Keep it up, Nick!