Date:Friday February 15 2008
Ok, maybe I am alone on this issue but would it not make sense for us to 'at least' put our name forward for the inter two bob cup this time - proper name intertoto cup...
As we refused to do so last season - along with Reading, which opened the door for Blackburn - this meant that we missed out on a chance of playing in the uefa cup this season. Although to be honest I would have liked us to have entered it ultimately I think the right decision was made.
However I feel that by 'at least not putting our name forward', as a back up plan if nothing else we are missing a trick?
I do feel that we are good enough to maybe finish in the top 4, not that I am of course expecting this... Finishing in the top 5 would definitely be good enough, the top 6 will most probably be good enough and I feel very confident that we could do this, even a top 7 place - which I would almost be amazed if we did not get - might be enough, but what harm would it do to use this as a backup plan? Lets be honest Europe is the aim this season and should we not get this players will no two ways about it leave - or at least want to!
Blackburn have again applied, as have Man City, even Spurs have applied and despite originally saying that they would not Villa have now decided to do so 'as a backup plan' - so if it is good enough for all of these why are we still refusing to do so?
Harry Redknapp entered this with West Ham, and if memory serves me they were one of the winners - along with Juventus - I think in the late 90s? So why is he so reluctant to do so now? I know for a fact that Paul Merson loved playing in this, and saw this as an ideal pre season, which despite being slightly longer than usual I believe it would.
The argument is that with players reporting back for training 'earlier than usual' they run the risk of picking up an injury, but with all due respect to teams that enter it is not 'always' the hardest of tournaments to negotiate and if we have a big enough squad - which we should - this should not 'in theory' impact on us that much? As for picking up injuries, well this could happen in a 'meaningless pre season friendly' so what would be the difference...
As said I think we are more than capable of qualifying for Europe without needing to take the inter two bob cup route, but what is the harm in putting our name forward as a backup plan?
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Friday February 15 2008
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