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Talking Pompey with paultsmouth

Vital Pompey has previously brought you the 'knowing me knowing you series' - which is still running, so others will be added and if you want to do one just email - now we have a little something extra this summer...

paultsmouth was asked 5 quick questions, this is what they said.

  • What are you expecting from Pompey in the coming season?
    First off is to get a good footing in the league, we are about to set off on our first euro adventure and could easily get sidetracked, if we are stable in the league it would we great to get a cup run together and prove we aren't little Pompey by the sea, as so many other Premiership clubs seem to view us (fans anyway).

  • Uefa cup - are you a fan of us being in this, or are you against it? Either way how well do you reckon we can do?
    We are there by merit, I think I would of preferred the old format of Cup Winners cup, after all that is what we are, but I'll take the uefa any day. As I said in the question before, I think league stability will count towards how we fare in the Euro stuff, if we are struggling in the league a bit, Harry is hardly likely to risk his big guns on a frozen pitch in Siberia is he?

  • Which 3 players - that we could realistically sign - would you like to see arrive this summer?
    I'd love to see Crouch return, he would be the ideal foil for Defoe, but finances could scupper the deal, Richard Dunne would of been a great signing, but the longer it drags on, the more likely he is to stay at City, the situation is similar to when Martin O'Neill took over at Villa when Gareth Barry almost made the return to the South coast.
    Elsewhere we need some width, Wright-Phillips is being cited, but he would be costly for someone who has had a confidence crisis for the last 2 seasons, so maybe I would take a punt on Danny Haynes of Ipswich to supply the crosses.

  • If you had to select 1 player to get shot of - or maybe to rephrase or make this decision easier, 'sacrifice' - to make a signing who would it be and why?
    Muntari. He was brilliant in flashes, ie; the Villa game away where he won it single handily, but he remains inconsistent by a great margin, people are talking in the region of 10m for him, if that bought us Crouch I would snap their arms off. That said he may settle down after his first season, he is still young and I wouldn't be heartbroken if he were to stay, but 10m?

  • How many Pompey games do you expect to make this season?
    All home games, and 2 or 3 select away games, I fancy Anfield this year as I have never made it there before and we must be due a performance up there at last surely?

    Thanks to paultsmouth for answering these.



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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Wednesday June 25 2008

    Time: 7:00AM

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    Hi Paul. Agree with a lot here, glad the general consensus is on stability & enjoying ourselves. My 'out' player originally was Muntari before I went for Utaka. They both have value & we copuld easily replace if either sold.
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    25/06/2008 07:20:00

    Nice one Paul - I can't see Harry selling Munters given he chased him for a couple of years before he arrived. A big offer may tempt him but surely few will pay more than the 7m he reputedly cost.
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    25/06/2008 08:42:00

    I think that Muntari and Utaka will both have a great season, I can really feel it. Then I hope that peoples views will change on them. They are both young and can offer so much to the team in seasons to come.
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    25/06/2008 10:48:00

    Muntari is a good call but will he make it? Clubs seem ti be queueing up to sign him but we has not performed consistently. He is young enough I think to adapt. Good stuff Paul.
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    25/06/2008 12:13:00

    fwiw, I said elsewhere that Muntari suffered at the hands of those around him, running back when Kranky doesn't and receiving very few balls from Diarra who prefers to drive forward himself - if you remember he looked much better before Diarra arrived.
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    25/06/2008 13:07:00

    Good luck at Anfield, mate. Remember that cup match in the early 80s when we was robbed by David Johnson's offside strike? Memorable for me as my dad nearly got a) crushed by police horse and b) nearly got arrested for complaining about being nearly crushed by police horse. Never been back to the place in over a quarter of a century,
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    25/06/2008 21:53:00

    I'll avoid all police horses then! Closest I ever got to one of those was at Huddersfield in 1986, covered in horse phlegm!
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    26/06/2008 07:35:00

    Could have been worse Paul, at least you were in front of the horse, not behind it!
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    28/06/2008 18:14:00


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