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Duffy eager to move on

If the quotes apparently coming from Richard Duffy are true then even if he was wanted back next season I do not think there would be much chance of this now…

He went out on loan to Coventry for a 4th time last week and seems to want to make that move permanent - something which I felt would have surely happened anyway, but after his alledged outburst then I do not think he has too much to worry about, as returning probably will not be an option now anyway, even if it was before: 'I was thrilled to get the call from John Toshack to come back into the squad, but I'm not stupid. I can't expect to play international football if I'm not playing for my club.

'I can't afford another season like this one or people will be looking to write me off. I want to be out of Portsmouth as quickly as possible.

'I figured out a couple of years ago that it wasn't going to happen for me; Harry Redknapp just didn't even bother to speak to me.

'I used to go into training every morning and get ignored. I wasn't the only one; there were a few of us in that position.

'He had his players who he was going to play and that was the end of it. If you weren't one of them, you didn't count.

'The silent treatment was so hard to take. I would have rather he gave me a rollicking or something, at least get some reaction. I just didn't feel wanted there. I'd wake up some mornings and feel I didn't even want to go in'.

Duffy did not have anything but praise for the job that Redknapp has done here but just does not feel that in his 4 years with the club he has been given a fair chance to show what he can do to prove himself either way, good enough or not: 'I'd never put Harry Redknapp down for the job he's done at Portsmouth; it is nothing short of fantastic.

'And I don't have any regrets about making the move there. But I guess managers all have their own ways and you've just got to deal with it and keep your head down.

'You ask yourself, 'have I done enough', but two games in four years; I wouldn't say that was a fair crack of the whip.

'Hopefully I will get a chance now and things can work out differently for me with Chris Coleman at Coventry. That's why I very much hope I will be staying there'.

I do have sympathy with Duffy and for the life of me have not been able to understand why he has been kept here when it has seemed he does not have a hope of featuring?

I could also believe that he has been somewhat shunned, as I have been quite open with my thoughts, which are pretty common to be honest that Harry Redknapp does have his favourites and if you are 'one of his boys' you are quids in, if you are not then you will find it a mammoth task to become one of these.

I do not know much about Duffy but I have also heard some stories about the fella too, so maybe it is a case of six of one and half a dozen of the other? My own thinking is that Duffy just is not good enough to be perfectly honest, as surely if he was then he would have got a look in, as afterall it was Redknapp that signed him…

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Date:Monday March 31 2008

Time: 3:20PM

Your Comments

sounds ominous... but on a brighte note, songo'o and begovic both seem to be impressing on loan...
pompeycarpet
well I doubt he was ever going to make it as a top player, the question is why did harry sign him and keep him for so long? Surely his wages would be better spent towards signing other players
pompeysno.9
Time to let this boy leave, never going to make the grade so let him further his career with another club.
bluedr
He deserves the chance to move on, he did not progress as well as it seemed he would. The championship will be good for him, and he is another player who deserves regular football.
Owenspompey
carpet .... duffy impresses on loan, do we fear teh same treatment to songo'o and begovic .... i dont really see either of them playing regular first team prem football if im honest. yes they are both young. we dont have the facilities (yet) to have a good reserve youth squad nor do we have a stable first team ... who would have forseen o'neil, taylor and benji leaving in the same season??? we have a volatile setup which is slowly steadying but no player can say he is a definite player week in week out .... even distin/defoe/james!!! i feel sorry for duffy, he seems a nice enough lad and to have kept his gob shut this long is a tribute to some footballers who dont moan and get on with it... i guess hes waited too long and wants out, i personally have no issues with that, good luck to the lad. Im sure when he signed for us, he would have fitted in to our (then) squad now, but the new owner has come in, we survived relegation and now we find ourselves a very prominent force. que sera sera as some people have been saying recently :p
pompey--pessimist
I'm surprised he even remembers where Pompey is. the last time I saw him was on the last day of the season (2003/4?) when he looked a lost schoolboy alongside Arjan de Zeuuw in defence. he looked too small, and not really strong enough to make any impression.
The Rabbi
I always felt he was a bit on the small side, and he is probably cheesed off as Crainie has come in to rave reviews and gone past him. With Glen, Noe, Linvoy and Crainie he must feel that his chance will never come.
Owenspompey
I'm a Welsh fan and the lad has gone backwards in the time he's been at your club. He needs a move away desperately. Not sure at present if he's good enough for the championship. He struggled with us last year and we were mid table in league 1.
welshboy78
im not surprised he wants to leave, i wouldnt be satisfied with only an unused substitute to my name for the season. then again i wouldnt be satisfied unless i was at pompey!
jbaker
Good luck to the lad, he has to do what is right by him as well as what is right for the club.
storagematt
to be fair, the bird with the Mercy record has more chance of making our first team, I suppose the final,nail for him was the arrival of Cranie
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