Writer: Stef C
Date:Thursday December 15 2005
When will Lowe, Mandaric and Redknapp realise fans have had enough of their petty public spats? South coast supporters from both ends of the M27 must be fed up and embarrassed by both clubs recent actions.
This week the bizarre quotes from both camps have continued. Firstly Harry found it necessary to tell the press how nice it was to be back with people who call him by his first name.
'When I went back to Portsmouth it felt like I had never been away,'
'It's still the same people and they call staff by their first names and not surnames.
'They're not addressed as 'Redknapp' - the chairman calls everyone by their first names, Milan treats us as equals'
Then it was Rupert's turn to counter, letting it be known that Harry had signed the minutes of a meeting stating that he was completely aware of Sir Clive Woodwards arrival and accepted that this role would be beneficial to the Club. He was also told by the board that if he wasn't prepared to give his full commitment then it would be better that he left the Club back then in May.
Lowe then continued his attack on the official site, commenting on Mandaric's handling of the Redknapp deal and the betting scandal surrounding it.
'The fact that Harry Redknapp was under contract to Southampton did not stop Mandaric making public statements about his return to Portsmouth despite the fact that he had not requested our permission to approach him'
'Mandaric seems to make a habit of conducting his affairs via Sky Sports and openly discusses his plans even though they involve employees of other football clubs.'
'The betting situation is, in my opinion, also unacceptable and brings with it a very unpleasant and unprofessional smell.'
'It may not technically be insider trading but it is equally unethical and will in the long-term drive supporters away from football if allowed to continue.
'It would not be difficult for the FA to instigate an investigation into this matter and get the truth.'
The relationship between the clubs is notorious for its ferocity, but in the past the feud has been played out between the fans and occasionally on the pitch. Now the chairman have taken centre stage and unsurprisingly both teams are failing dismally.
I say get Rupert Lowe and Milan Mandaric together in a ring for a celebrity boxing bout to finally sort this out once and for all, that would be worth watching.
Date:Thursday December 15 2005
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