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Ipswich end Nugent interest

Ipswich have pulled the plug on the proposed Dave Nugent loan switch to Portman Road.

The official line that Jim Magilton has given on the Ipswich Site last night was one of 'fitness concerns', so rather than wait around he has decided to look elsewhere: 'the Portsmouth medical people have told us today that David is still not fit and won't be until next week at the earliest.

'Games are running out for us now and we have decided we need to move on and look at other targets.

'We have other irons in the fire and will step up our interest elsewhere now'.

Again this is yet another in a long list of strange, strange transfer go, no go dealing involving Pompey…

I thought that the fella was fit or as near as fit - even if he was not quite up to speed surely he could not have been that far away from fitness? My thinking is he did not want to go, maybe he was being 'pushed' but he did not accept the move…

Today Magilton has told BBC Radio Suffolk of his anger at Nugent's silence on the move: 'Portsmouth have been very good about this but we've spoken to the player and we haven't had a response.

'So David Nugent can go and play for whoever he wants now. The very least we deserve is a phone call or something to suggest he's not available'.

These thoughts do seem to give more backing to the thoughts that Nugent did not want to go…

The thought that he would rather sit on the bench, or in the stands - as is probably more likely now - and pick up his wages could be thought for some - Magilton included - but my thinking is he did not want to go as he does want to be here, and does want to play.

For whatever reason things have not worked out for him here, Harry Redknapp does not seem convinced by him - is this because his off the field antics are too much for him, or are his off the field antics in someway linked to the fact that he is not playing despite the fact he wants to, so that could be his 'release', or is it a combination of both, but straight off the bat not all seemed well…

Adjusting to the top flight, fitness issues, attitude issues, form of others and so on have all been cited as reasons for him not playing - maybe it does just boil down to the fact 'he is not good enough', that could be the honest truth? If that is the case so be it, but I maintain the belief that we have not seen enough - as fans, maybe the boss has in training and so on, the things we do not see - of him to say 100% that is the case.

You never know, but it is highly unlikely that he will play much of a role, if any role for the remainder of the season as by accepting that we would let him go out on loan after paying so much for him showed he is basically deemed 'surplus to requirements' for whatever reason, so if he is here next season it would be a surprise.

Stoke could still make a move, but if he was not 'fit enough' for Ipswich - or as is more likely did not want to go to Ipswich - would he be 'fit enough' for them…


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 5 2008

Time: 10:36AM

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I hope Nugent stays with Pompey but I can understand Magilton's anger. There is little that is more frustrating and annoying than when someone doesn't have the manners to give a reply. I am assuming that the report is correct and there isn't some sort of misrepresentation.
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05/03/2008 12:16:00

roy keane said nuge did the same thing to sunderland - 2 managers cannot be wrong can they? i think he has only done this in both instances as he didnt want to go to these clubs... i think it shows in this instance we wanted him to go - for the money - but he doesnt want to leave?
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05/03/2008 12:29:00

Magilton is just an angry Scummer, soory Jim he is not coming, he would rather play for Taff Pulis at Stoke.
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05/03/2008 15:27:00

nugent could be the ext benji??? benji didnt have the best of st\rts to his pompey career, and it took him a while to settle - but he did everything in his power to stay at the club...
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05/03/2008 17:06:00

as said on the new benjani article: its a nice thought carpet but i think nugents card has been marked - it would be nice to think not, but it doesnt seem too likely that he has much of a future does it...
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05/03/2008 17:26:00

but at least he wants to try!!!
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05/03/2008 19:01:00

He dithered before he came to us, hoping his beloved Everton would sign him.
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05/03/2008 20:08:00

that was just the press making excuses...he has repeatedly refused to go out on loan,. as he wants to prove himself to pompey.
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05/03/2008 21:53:00

it wasnt the press making excuses about the sunderland move tho was it... i want the fella to be given a chance, and i do want him to be a success here, his private life - which isnt so private - seems to be having a bearing on what happens in his football life, but how much of this is because he isnt playing, or is it the reason he isnt playing... the fella wants to play, wants to prove himself so for that along is worth a fair crack - we'll see what happens but i dont think he will feature much between now and may, and might even end up at stoke anyway?
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05/03/2008 22:12:00

Good. So we have an extra striker the rest of the way. Who gives a rat's testicle about Ipswich (although Frattonaussie's point about the rudeness of not giving a reply is well made).
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06/03/2008 01:06:00

As for his private life, he is still just a kid and will hopefully grow out of it as most do.
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06/03/2008 01:08:00

Kid or not.. it seems that whenever somethings on the table he can't deal with he runs away and hides or can't be found or doesn't answer his phone... Admire his balls if he wants to stay and fight but somebody who shows a tendency to bottle a situation does appear to have much backbone.. Come on Davy boy if you're gonna stay and fight for your place at least toughen a little up first
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06/03/2008 07:12:00

give him to us we wouldlove to have him down at loftus road in the blue and white hoops of the r'ssssssssssss
ozanne park rangers
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07/03/2008 08:48:00


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