Talking Pompey with Chix
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?
Chix was asked 5 quick questions, this is what they said.
I'm unrealistically expecting every player who pulls on a Pompey shirt to play his heart out and run his socks off for 90 minutes every Saturday, no matter how talented he is. There were times last season when (despite our form) 'my team' looked like a group of overpaid and uninterested individuals who couldn't give a toss about anything other than themselves... (A few exceptions perhaps).
In as much as league position? First priority for me will always be 40 points and safety, then top 10 and maybe/hopefully a decent cup run. - I'd rather finish a proud & passionate 17th than a complacent and arrogant 6th.
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?
Yep I'm a fan of us being in the UEFA Cup, because it'll be good for the club and we'll hopefully attract a few 'bigger' names because of it.... But and it's a 'BIG BUT'.... It really hacked me off when we were heading towards our famous Wembley victory in May when all the talk seemed to be of winning the Cup Final in order to get into Europe. To me the ultimate prize was winning the Cup itself, not getting into Europe. I'm not sure the non-British players saw it that way and seeing Kranjcar, Kanu, Muntari et-al draped in their national colours rather than a Pompey scarf or flag as they collected their medals just made me even more cynical about the motivation of (certain members of) our current squad i.e. being Croatian, Nigerian or whatever and playing in the 'shop window' that is Europe seemed more important than playing for Pompey and winning the FA Cup.
How well we do I don't really care as long as our premiership form doesn't suffer ... but the group stages would be good... beyond, even better.
Which 3 players - that we could realistically sign - would you like to see arrive this summer?
I'd like to see a few players come in who are not afraid to roll their selves up and graft for the cause. Harry has stated that he wants, 'premiership experience' he's even been quoted as identifying the three positions that he need filling, Left Back, Right Midfield and a Striker - How about Matt Taylor, Gary O'Neil and Benjani all players who would wear the Pompey blue with pride and probably die for the club... Can anybody argue that an ageing Viking, and two lazy Nigerian's will serve us any better than the three mentioned?
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?
No need to rephrase - I'd get shot of Richard Duffy. Why we keep him I'll never know and surely if he was gonna be any good Harry would have played him by now. Including internationals he's played nearly 100 first team games since joining Pompey... but only one was for us (and I think that was as a sub). He's taken a squad number for three and a half years and done nothing apart from go on loan.
How many Pompey games do you expect to make this season?
All but one (Wife's friend getting married!) in all comps at 'home'. Probably none 'away', unless we get a plum tie in one of the cups.
Thanks to Chix for answering these.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
That's the lot guys, I have no more of these to offer! So it is down to you now if we want more of these...
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