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Redknapp: Jamie convinced me about Portsmouth stay

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp admits son Jamie had a say in him turning down Newcastle United.

"I spoke to Jamie and at one point he was up for it," said Redknapp. "But in the end he said: 'Listen Dad, you love it where you are. You are happy, you love where you live. Why change?'

"I thought: 'Yeh, f*** it, let's get on with it.

"And there is no way I am going to regret my decision. Whatever happens life moves on and you f****** do it.

"Look at Big Sam. He was loved at Bolton but then he moved to Newcastle.

"Suddenly he loses a couple of games and people are saying he doesn't know what he's doing. Well he did know what he was doing - he's a good manager.

"And it crossed my mind that could be me down the line.

"Someone said to me on Saturday: 'Fergie's Manchester United, Wenger's Arsenal and you are Portsmouth.'

"For sure, I respected the fact that Mike Ashley wanted me.

"I am sure he would be a great bloke to work for - but in the end it wasn't to be."

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