Portsmouth boss Redknapp feeling good about Newcastle snub

With an FA Cup semifinal to look forward to, Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp feels vindicated after turning down Newcastle United earlier this season.

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He said: "I am happy here. I decided to stay because I came back from Southampton and won the supporters over again.

"It was a difficult decision not to go to Newcastle. I remember coming up here on a Friday night ahead of our league game at Old Trafford.

"That night I was thinking about the players who I had encouraged to come to Portsmouth, who I had told what we could achieve. And I thought to myself, ‘I can't have done that and then just walk away'. Newcastle are a fantastic club but I made the decision and I am happy with it.

"It is easy for people to say ‘You should have taken the challenge on'.

"If I was 40 I might have done. But I didn't want to be away from my wife and my grandchildren. Also, I have a great team here."

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