Give him the freedom of the city, then chase him out of town!

Posted by - October 28, 2008 - Oddballs, Portsmouth, Tottenham

Harry Redknapp to be honoured in Portsmouth

With the sort of comic timing that you just can’t make up, Harry Redknapp will today receive the freedom of the city of Portsmouth. The ex-Pompey boss walked out on the club to join Tottenham just three days ago.

The new Spurs manager is keen to receive the accolade though. He said: “If they would like me to be there then I will. I think I’m getting it for what I’ve done, I’d like to go.”

The council has confirmed they want the event to go ahead, but expect a more sombre atmosphere. Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, the leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: “It would have been a great celebration but the news that Harry has gone will make it a sadder occasion. My expectation is that he will be there. But there is a huge feeling of disappointment in the city now he has gone.”

The councillor also confirmed that the authority will reconsider plans to name the Pompey Chimes in a new civic clock tower bell in Redknapp’s honour.