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Why not enter the inter two bob cup?

Why not enter the inter two bob cup?

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?


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Date:Friday February 15 2008
Time: 1:56PM


HR said in the press earlier this week that when West Ham played in it they didn't have long enough off in the summer due to the matches being played so early - consequently the players were tired for the start of the season....
15/02/2008 14:10:00
I thought that last season too, and don't enjoy seeing Blackburn playing in the UEFA cup when they finished below us - but I understand that last year we were already signed up to play in the Asia trophy, and I think they have similar plans last year. I have also heard that Arry hates the intertoto, as well as the games being too early in the pre-season and therefore likely to cause hamstring pulls and other problems. Not sure how much of this is excuse, or real, but I think its not going to happen. Still we're going to win the FA cup so it won't matter!
15/02/2008 14:15:00
Tracy if we win the FA Cup, I am hereby announcing that Rug will buy you dinner!
15/02/2008 14:17:00
last year we already had our fa asia trophy thing booked in, so couldnt really find time for it anyway (we'd have had to cancel our date). luckily blackburn went out to larissa this year (cypriot side?), so we aren't too jealous of them, and whats wrong with more practice? we needed more practice this year, as we handed derby one of only 7 points first game this season!
15/02/2008 14:53:00
i dont see it being a problem, however on the other hand we will have some players at euro 2008 wont we - so they will get little or no break, altho at the same time we have a squad that i feel is capable of being rotated enough and to still have enough quality to see us through the intertoto cup... i accepted last season's 'rejection' as we were already signed up for a 'lucrative' asian trip, i will not be so forgiving if we 'rejected' it again this year for a money spinning exercise, as this will not keep players here - european football will... im hoping we wouldnt need it, but i wish we put put our name forward just in case - i really do think that me must gain euopean entry to keep some of our best players...
15/02/2008 14:58:00
thanks for putting me forward for this ChrisW... i do really think we can go on and win the cup so its just aswell im putting money aside as i'll need to now buy tracyc dinner - you'll be happy with a takeaway right :-)
15/02/2008 15:00:00
I'm surprised we didn't put ourselves forward. But is it not late to for to put our name forward? It could have been a good taster, use the squad a bit. Beats playing Torquay in a friendly.
15/02/2008 15:13:00
Why not double the size of the squad, and play 12 months a year. Follow cricket with continuos test matches, tours and tournaments and then watch the sport get watered down into insignificance.
15/02/2008 15:41:00
i think the daedlline was end of jan to put name foward but i can see pompey finishing in the top 6 and getting to the cup final which is usually good enough if you are playing the big 4
15/02/2008 15:46:00
ChrisW - Rug - thanks guys, thats a great offer but I'm not sure the boyfriend will be too pleased!
15/02/2008 15:53:00
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