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Sep, 4, 2008

Redknapp backs Curbs and won't return

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has insisted there is 'no way' he would return to the West Ham hotseat as Alan Curbishley's successor, choosing instead to back the departed boss for sticking to his principles. Curbishley resigned as manager of the Hammers, citing his lack of control over transfers as the prime reason for falling on his sword. Redknapp both played and managed at Upton Park but said he values the freedom he enjoys at Fratton Park, telling The Sun: 'Alan Curbishley may have gone as West Ham boss - but there's no way I'll replace him. 'Curbs quit because he feels he has been undermined and shown a lack of trust by the owner. I take my hat off to him for sticking to his principles. 'Don't get me wrong, West Ham is a fantastic club, with fantastic fans and - having gone there aged 15 - it has a special place in my heart. 'But I love it at Portsmouth and I have one big advantage over a lot of Premier League bosses these days - I've got an owner who lets the manager manage.' Curbishley's resignation came a day after Kevin Keegan was reported to have left Newcastle following a similar bust-up with the club's owners. Redknapp said the Keegan saga and Curbishley's departure were indicators of the changing face of football management.

'The days of managing as I know it are coming to end - you will basically be given players and told to get on with it,' he continued. 'West Ham sold players and it was nothing to do with Alan - but that will happen more and more. 'Let's face it, the way it's going, every Premier League club will be owned by a foreign billionaire. 'They all want to win the title, they all want to be in the Champions League and if they don't get it they'll be changing managers like we change socks. It will be a revolving door that never stops turning. 'And while we're at it, we might as well sack all the scouts too, as there won't be any need if players are coming and going above managers' head.'

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