Tottenham boss Redknapp: I am not to blame for Portsmouth crisis

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists he's not to blame for Portsmouth's crisis.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists he's not to blame for Portsmouth's crisis.

Redknapp’s been blamed in some quarters for going on an ­unrealistic spending spree during a second spell there that ­sent them into financial freefall.

But he said: “It saddens me to see what has gone on at Portsmouth, but I believe they now have the chance to rebuild and come back.

“I had no control over the financial well being there and how it was run. I was an employee and it was my job to manage the team and make it a success.

“And if you look at some of the players I brought in they were eventually sold at a premium so you would have to say that was one area we did good business.

“They made nearly £20m in profit on Lassana Diarra, showed huge profits on Jermain Defoe, Sulley Muntari and Glenn Johnson. So that is an area few can have complaints.

“Then when you attribute that to the success Pompey had in my time I’m sure the fans had no complaints when it was going well.”