Harry Redknapp brought Portsmouth FC to Barclaycard Premiership football in 2002 when he took charge of the team. Portsmouth became Division One champions and the 37th member club of the FA Premier League following a triumphant campaign that saw them dominate their league from begining to end.
Redknapp was able to bring on key talent to the team, signing on his veteran assistant manager Jim Smith, the former-Portsmouth manager with extensive Premiership experience. Portsmouth brought on goalkeeper Shaka Hislop and Bulgarian striker Svetoslav Todorov. The team also brought on Vincent Pericard and Nigerian Yakubu Ayegbeni from Juventus, who had proved themselves in Champions League matches against Manchester United. The mix of the big players along with the young players, Matthew Taylor and Gary O'Neil, formulated an unstoppable team. Newcastle deserved their status as champions with 98 points and 97 goals. Portsmouth f.c. had their first-ever appearance in the Barclaycard Premiership with a return to top-flight football for the first time since 1988. The team is a worthy addition to the Barclaycard Premiership with their enthusiasm and charismatic fan base.
Portsmouth is now equipped with Barclaycard Premiership experience that can carry them in the top-flight.