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Portsmouth Football Club History : 2002 – 2009

Many clubs were struggling due to ITV losing the rights to the league, but with new manager Harry Redknapp and the return of Jim Smith as assistant Portsmouth were doing well. Pompey were promoted to the Premier League after winning the 2003/2004 Division One Championship.

Redknapp resigned during Portsmouth’s second season in the Premier League but would return a year later and take advantage of new cash made available in 2006 when the club was bought by Alexandre Gaydamak. The cash injection helped Portsmouth FC finish in the top half of the Premier League table that year for the first time, narrowly missing European qualification.

In 2008 Portsmouth made it all the way to the FA Cup final, something they had not achieved since 1939. They won the match against Cardiff City 1 – 0 to take the cup and stake a place in the 2008 / 2009 UEFA Cup, where they did well to enter the group stages. Redknapp left Portsmouth FC in October 2008 and was replaced by  Tony Adams. After poor performances Adams was dismissed from the club in February 2009 and Paul Hart took over.

In May 2009 Portsmouth FC was bought by Sulaiman Al Fahim, a businessman from the United Arab Emirates. This latest deal should see yet another financial boost to the club and with it, hopefully, a boost in results and stability for the club.
Portsmouth FC win the 2008 FA Cup
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