Redknapp is ready to take the flak.
He said: “I had a great time there. I stayed there in the Championship and gave Theo Walcott his debut at Leeds and then I got a call asking me to go back to Portsmouth.
“You make decisions and you get on with it. I don’t regret it.
“I took a gamble because if Portsmouth had got relegated I would have been finished. But I managed to keep them up, somehow.
“I’m sure I’ll get some stick but I expect that. Southampton people are not horrible. It is a great club.”