Talking Pompey with NinjaTim
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... What are you expecting from Pompey in the coming season?
NinjaTim was asked 5 quick questions, this is what they said.
Some may guard against our expectations being too high but then, as I'm always banging on about, we should aspire to be the very best we can be and not limit our ambitions. I guess what I'm trying to say in a long-winded way is that there's a difference between "expectation" and "ambition". With Chelski, for example, their expectation manifests itself as arrogance. Let's aim to win the UEFA Cup and break into the top four - why not? However, don't let it ruin our lives if we fall short of that aim. We need to push on from last season. On a cautionary note - anyone remember what happened to Ipswich Town after they finished fifth in the Premier League and played in the UEFA Cup under George Burley? Whatever happens, I hope we enjoy the ride and that the club engenders a real sense of self-believe throughout at Fratton Park - from the Boardroom to the playing staff, the coaching staff and the fans. One thing I'd like is for Harry to stop the "look where this club has come from" line when trying to temper our aspirations/expectations. I say, that was then - all that matters is today and the future. Let's look forward, not back.
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?
Totally for it - and why not? Given the format of the UEFA Cup, it's not impossible for a side like Pompey to go all the way. If we meet some of the giants of Europe along the way then I say "BRING 'EM ON!"
Which 3 players - that we could realistically sign - would you like to see arrive this summer?
There's been so much talk and speculation that when it does happen it'll be like taking off a pair of tight shoes, such will be the relief! Like most of us at Pompey, I'd welcome Crouchie. I'd also love to see SWP and Wayne Bridge. Another (yes, I know that's four) that I like is Kevin Nolan - goals from midfield.
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?
I'm pleased Baros isn't staying. I've been disappointed with Diop as I thought he would be great for us (would replace him with Nolan). The "should he stay or should he go?" debate rages about Nugent but I'd like to see him get a run in the side. That said, I reckon he'll go.
How many Pompey games do you expect to make this season?
As many home games as possible and, depending on the draw, a trip or two to Europe. I hear there are several good places in the Baltics for a memorable boys' night out! I'm not a season ticket holder on account of so many League and Cup games being moved from the traditional Saturday 3pm kick-off. My daughter and I will subscribe to the Blue Army membership and get to as many Saturday games as we can and the home UEFA Cup games.
Thanks to NinjaTim for answering these.
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