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Last Updated: Monday, 5 December 2005, 12:29 GMT
Redknapp in limbo over Lowe delay
By John Sinnott

Milan Mandaric and Harry Redknapp
Portsmouth can't speak to Lowe as he is out shooting ducks all of Monday
Harry Redknapp
Talks between Southampton and Portsmouth over Harry Redknapp joining Pompey are being held up as Saints chairman Rupert Lowe is shooting ducks.

Redknapp, who says he has not quit as Southampton manager but will not return to the club, admitted that the impasse has left him in limbo.

Redknapp told BBC Sport: "I would love the opportunity to speak to Portsmouth.

"Southampton want compensation but Portsmouth can't speak to Lowe as he is out shooting ducks all of Monday."

Lowe has already said he will seek compensation if Redknapp moves back to Pompey - only a year after leaving them to take up his current post.

Lowe demanded: "When a club takes another's manager they should pay up the unexpired portion of the contract.

"I'm not happy with the way it has been handled but that is football."

Portsmouth chairman Mandaric is also keen to speak to Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez over their vacant managerial job.

Sanchez has stated he would be happy to take on both roles.

"We believe that Lawrie is someone who given proper support could be a success at our club," Mandaric told BBC Sport.

"For that reason we are going to ask permission from the IFA to contact Lawrie and see what his views are."

Redknapp walked out of his job at St Mary's last week after he was refused permission to speak to Pompey about their manager's post, which has been vacant since Alain Perrin was sacked on 24 November.

Redknapp insists he will walk away from football if he cannot become Portsmouth manager again.

He has also revealed he regrets his decision to move to Saints.

He told the Sunday Mirror: "The last year has been the worst of my life and that is no exaggeration.

"I made a monumental mistake walking out of Fratton Park and a day hasn't passed since I left the ground for the last time that I didn't regret my decision.

"Events this season have simply increased my desire to get away and once Portsmouth asked permission to speak to me this week I knew I had to go back."

Lowe's decision to bring former England rugby World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward into the backroom staff was cited by many as one of the reasons for Redknapp's unhappiness at Saints.

"As a bloke I got on with him but I have to say the decision to bring him in was bizarre," added Redknapp.

"The relationship between me and Clive was never going to work because there were too many people undermining the structure Rupert Lowe wanted at the club."


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