Joining Spurs was a gamble, admits Harry

HARRY REDKNAPP says leaving Portsmouth to manage Tottenham last year was one of the biggest gambles of his career.<br /><br />The 62-year-old was lured to Spurs to save the club from a disastrous start to the season 12 months ago, and has since become a huge hit with fans having turned things around at White Hart Lane.<br /><br />Tomorrow, Redknapp returns to the now struggling Fratton Park outfit for the first time and expects a hostile welcome &ndash; especially with former Pompey players Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Niko Kranjcar en tow.<br /><br />But the wily campaigner insists the decision to leave the FA Cup winners just days before being awarded freedom of the city, was by no means an easy one.<br /><br />&ldquo;They Spurs were bottom of the league and had I failed to turn things around it would probably have been the end of my career,&rdquo; Redknapp explained. &ldquo;When I took over at Portsmouth for the first time it was a big challenge because, in all honesty, the club wasn&rsquo;t going anywhere at that point.<br /><br />&ldquo;Then I joined their rivals Southampton, which, looking back, was possibly crazy. And, of course, people also thought I was mad to return to Portsmouth when the club was bottom of the league. I really put my career on the line there, as I did when I joined Tottenham.&rdquo;<br /><br />Redknapp is expecting all three of his ex-Portsmouth trio to feature this weekend, and has also been boosted by the news that captain Ledley King has recovered from a hamstring problem to bolster his options at the back.<br /><br />Similarly, Portsmouth also boast a number of ex-Spurs players in their ranks including Kevin-Prince Boateng, Younes Kaboul, Michael Brown and on-loan Jamie O&rsquo;Hara, although O&rsquo;Hara is not eligible to play due to the terms of his loan deal.<br /><br />Pompey are now looking to make the loan deal permanent in January.<br />