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Campbell stay anticipated?

Sol Campbell will not be tempted by a move away this summer as he has unfinished business here, not my vote, yours - although these findings from pompeyrug's poll are thoughts that I do not agree with to be honest.

Campbell is being 'linked' with a summer move to Spain and Villarreal, a move that would 'apparently' see him invoke a 'release clause' in his contract that allows him to leave of a free…

At times this season Campbell has looked a shadow of the player that he can be, with the signs that time is catching up on him evident, on the other hand he has been brilliant at other times - maybe at times he is lacking motivation, as if he is lacking this in recent years his performances have dwindled as a result.

The majority just about feel he will want to stay here to try and go that step further with us, and he has often said that he wants to play on for a good few years yet, so given a proper break every now and again - something that he has not really been afforded this season - then I could see him going on for a good few years here yet, but I do have this feeling that he might move on as he often says we will not be his final club and he would like to play abroad, and if he does not take this chance - if it comes up - I do not think he will get another, well not with a top European club anyway…

We will find out soon enough what the captain has planned, should he leave though what better way to go out than holding aloft the FA cup in May!

What the poll asked - Rumour is Sol will leave in the summer - what do you think?

How you voted - No…he'll try to go that one step further with us 40%, Yes…for one last hurrah with a European club 38%, I am not sure to be honest 22%

Current Poll - Just the small matter of the semi final with West Brom, which way do you think it will go?

Well it is almost time, the semi final is just days away now, can we make it to Wembley again next month or will we suffer heartache of semi final defeat again - this is what pompeyrug wants to know with this - 'FA cup - Pompey v West Brom?' Let the poll do the talking before we do when it finishes.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 2 2008

Time: 8:31AM

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Sol is disillusioned so will go. He was promised things such as new training facilities and a new stadium so put his name behind attracting players to Pompey. The promises are no nearer fruition, regardless of the reasons, so he will feel, rightly or wrongly, that he has been used. He won't be playing by the time Pompey get any of the promised improvements so, in his mind, there is no point staying. A player without motivation is a risk for the club so lets say thanks Sol and let him go.
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02/04/2008 09:18:00

Harsh FA, but I agree. At the end of the day he will look after number 1 and will go abroad. When this happens, I will thank him for his efforts and hope we can move on.
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02/04/2008 10:10:00

I heard murmurs from the camp a while back about his possible exit and I do think it's likely. If we win the cup, there is no better way to bow out.
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02/04/2008 10:16:00

I think Sol has done as much as can for us & it would be good for player & club for a move to happen. Sol has been an iconic figure for us. He has had a fantastic career at Spurs, Aresenal & England. Coming to us was a massive sign in our progress as a club & raised the profile up a few notches. Bringing another central defender in would make sense, whether Sol stays or not but whtaever let's hope he lifts the cup come May.
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02/04/2008 11:30:00

i dont think it is fair to say that sol has been used as the attraction to bring others here, yep surely this has helped but has not been the defining factor... on the stadium and training facilities front - altho none of us know the full truth - it seems like we are trying, but have been for donkies years anyway without success... in fairness tho whatever the score on the 'new stadium' sol was never going to be here to play in it anyway ways he, nothing was ever likely to happen with approval or not while sol was playing for us was it really?
whatever tho lifting the cup aloft in may would be a great way for him to bow out, and bow out is what i think we will see sol do at the end of this season...
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02/04/2008 12:26:00

Sol has been great for this club, and i'm really pleased he's been here and played for us. Even though his form has started to be a little less than consistent recently, he's still a superstar. Its always been on the cards he might move on and if he does so next season I will wish him well. Lets hope he lifts that cup first though.
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02/04/2008 13:03:00

i can see that next season, he probablky wont be quite such a key member of the squad - but i still cant see a reason for him to actually leave. idont think he wants to, i dont think we want him to, so why would he???
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02/04/2008 14:02:00

I am not sure I agree pompeycarpet. If Sol is not going to be a 1st team regular in future, which many feel, he would not be captain. Hence, he could not expect to be the highest paid player on Pompey's books. I think both parties would then benefet by his leaving.
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02/04/2008 14:25:00

For a change, I agree with 007. Quick pass me the smelling salts!!!
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02/04/2008 14:51:00

he is a good, inspirational player, who helps with the progression of our younger players. for sure, he possibly wont start every game, but particualy i we get into europe, we will need the extra defenders, and it certainly wont hurt to have his experiance. as for money... im not sure.
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02/04/2008 15:08:00

having been abroaad for some while i wasnt aware that Sol was rumoured to be leaving. Many good points above are made, he has been promised new training ground, new staduim and a larger "top quality" squad. I think getting blamed or Englands defensive problems in Croatia knocked him compunded by a few injuries, but unless a very good offer cvme in you would expect him to at least finish his contract, particularly after we make UEFA cup haveing "won" the FA cup.
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02/04/2008 19:11:00

He has been a fantastic signing for us, and if he chooses to go then he should be allowed to leave, then we will remember him for the great talent he is, and we can then try to find a replacement to fill his massive boots. I do hope that we see him lifting the FA Cup, it would be a fitting end to his Pompey stay, as deep down i think he will go.
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02/04/2008 19:21:00

quality poll suggested russ, i'll use that as soon as i can...
have we been infultrated by scum, a load of west brom fans or are people trying to play down our chances of actually winning on saturday as we are currently standing at 31% to west brom's 65% to win in 90 minutes...
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02/04/2008 23:01:00

Rug, you yourself have said in past posts that the reason some players heve come to Pompey has been because of HR getting Sol and D James to join us. Players would naturally contact both of these players and ask the score. That amounts to Sol and DJ putting there names to an endorsement of the club. Sol and DJ could only base what they say on their experience of the club once they were here and on what they were told would happen. DJ is flying high so he is less affected by events. Sol is very much toward the end of his career and although, as you say, he was always aware he would never be playing in the new stadium he did expect the training facilities to be completed and the stadium under way and would probably now feel he has been let down by the club. I thinkhe will do all he can to win a cup winners medal and then bow out of Pompey. I don't think European football will concern him one way or the other.
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02/04/2008 23:55:00

i cannot actually recall having singled sol and jamo out as reasons why others have signed, but i think it is fair to say that people of their stature and type have swayed others our way, but its not been down to them signing that we have signed others, as others before these probably drew them - its just been a knock on effect from player to player really hasnt it, i would say started by the prosinecki signing, a real world class performer.
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03/04/2008 07:34:00

i think kanu does quite a big job "pursuading" people (partcually africans, and more specificly, john utaka). but insedentally, Utaka said that kanu was suggesting him to join the club even when kanu himself looked like leaving (refusing to sign his contract).
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03/04/2008 14:15:00


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