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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...

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

  • What are you expecting from Pompey in the coming season?
    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.

    PLAY UP POMPEY!

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    The current top 10 contributors to Vital Pompey have been selected and approached to answer these questions but if anyone else wants to answer these questions simply drop me an email on portsmouth@vitalfootball.co.uk and/or visit this link and I will make it happen.

    Here are the others so far:
    sneakay
    storagematt
    paultsmouth
    pentonpompey
    pompey4me
    UKTony
    ChrisW

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  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Wednesday July 2 2008

    Time: 7:00AM

    Your Comments

    Hi Tim. Great answers, very well put. You're very right we should aim to do our best but not throw the toys out if we don't. See you in the Baltics!!!
    storagematt
    Nice one Tim; see you in Estonia
    UKTony
    Do you know Tim i throughly enjoyed reading your piece, some excellent ideas and thoughts, well put.
    pentonpompey
    great read Tim. Estonia boys? Know Tallinn very well, very very well. You could choose worse places. But St Petersburg is just up the road with much more choice.
    ChrisW
    Great read Tim, although I still think we will end up in Wales or Scotland!
    sneakay
    Dumfries, nice little town, Got to be better than the Faroes! still hardly Europe tho is it?
    pentonpompey
    Queen of the South here we come! Nice stuff Tim.
    eastneydave
    Queens of the South vs Kings of the South.
    storagematt
    never considered Nolan really, wouldn't be out of place though, and he wouldn't be able to score a goal of the season contender against us every year!
    paultsmouth
    Nolan's a good player, isnt he. TBH, central midfield is somewhere I havnt thought about strengthening, but Nolan is a player that would suit us, I think.
    pompey4me
    I am very pleased that you are more upbeat about our prospects for the coming season than some of the others I have read. We need something to strive for and consolidating what we have achieved this year just doesn't send out the right message. Storagematt is right when he says we shouldn't be throwing our toys out of the pram if we don't succeed, but a little bit of ambition never did anyone any harm. I think next year will be a difficult one, everyone is fine tuning their teams as we speak, whilst we are trying to strengthen our squad to take on more commitment as much as anything else, so if we maintain our position then that will be good. But lets have our dreams for next year and if any of them come true, then fantastic - if not, then we tried!
    Gandor
     

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