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Campbell gives a captains speech

Campbell gives a captains speech

With so much doom and gloom around Pompey at the moment with this and that - things I will not go into here, as to be honest I have covered most of these kinds of topics a few times this week, plus there is a decent debate going on in the forum - here too, besides I have to leave for Wembley shortly! - it is good to hear some positive vibes coming from Pompey captain Sol Campbell.

Whilst he acknowledges that we could do with a few players he has put his weight behind the quality that we do have - as he should, as it is true! - and believes we are good enough to carry on moving forward: 'we probably do need another couple of players.

'I know the gaffer looked to go for three top players this summer but whether the money is going to be available, I don't know.

'It's up to the board isn't it? For certain, we need a new training ground and a new stadium here and now it's up to us to keep going as a team to ensure we get them.

'We've done well. Winning the FA Cup was fantastic and we did well in the league even though we let it go a bit towards the end.

'It's a bit different to a few years ago. People looked at Portsmouth and said there's not much happening there but we've taken off and a lot of that's down to Harry. He's been fantastic here and, for me personally, he's been brilliant.

'I know he feels we need more players this year but you can never stop believing. Your aim has always got to be to improve every year - at least it's mine - and I think it is still achievable.

'We are in the UEFA Cup for the first time and the benefit of Europe is that it attracts players to sign for you.

'We've got Peter Crouch now and he's a great player as well as a great lad. I can see his partnership with Jermain Defoe doing well.'

Normally, although I am happy to use quotes I would not publish the whole lot, but as I think this is the kind of talk we want to hear - well I do - and is the kind of talk that is true I was happy to do so.

Things are fantastic with Pompey and I am happy, more than happy in fact. Yep, I do not want to be blinkered to financial matters etc. involving the club but these are matters we know nothing about, only those involved really know, everything else is all speculation and guess work! Maybe not all the papers can be wrong with what they are saying about us and money as you can argue not all can be wrong, but you cannot always believe what you read can you...

However if you have not got the money you cannot spend it, if you spend what you do not have you get in trouble - just ask the likes of Leeds... Should we not be happy with out lot? Maybe we should not become 'content' as this can bread complacency but things really are not as bad as we are sometimes led to believe. Maybe we do not have any money, but lets face it in the current credit crisis who does...

Campbellalso spoke about his own future again and says he would be happy to stay for another 3-years if he was wanted, but also said no new contract has yet been discussed with this ending at the end of the season: 'and I'm certainly still happy here. A new contract? It's not been mentioned but I'm going nowhere. I never was. No. I think I could give it another three years before I looked at the situation.

'It's great to be going back to Wembley. I've had a bit of a virus but I'm okay now and glad I can play.

'We want to put on a show for our fans, we want to win and I don't rule that out but the main thing is preparation for the season stepping it up. '

His international ambitions are still burning brightly and he says that he hopes to impress Fabio Capello and win his place back in the England squad. Whilst I do think this is improbable - but not impossible, if he can be rested sufficiently then he can prolong his career with Pompey. If he cannot be rested then as we saw at times last season this has a negative impact and the signs of aging became much more evident.


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Date:Sunday August 10 2008
Time: 9:54AM


Fair play Sol, the man has made his money, now he wants to enjoy every drop of football he has left in him.
10/08/2008 10:28:00
Great to here Sol so positive I do agree we have avery good squad & even if we don't sign another player we can still have a good season
10/08/2008 11:53:00
everyone claims that last season we punched over our weight. in truth, we underperformed in the league, so there still plenty of room for improvement.
10/08/2008 14:49:00
Carpet, I'm glad you said that. It really p-----s me off when I read we punched above our weight - as the Mail on Sunday said this morning. Just ruins my day. Wot does "punching above our weight" mean anyway? Could someone please tell me? Perhaps Chix could look it up in his dictionary:-) I really want to know. Yes Pompeyyong, Sol IS positive, which means that as our Captain, the team will be positive. Amongst all our problems, this was my main worry - morale. But after today's match, I thought we did well. Half time stats had us even with ManU, in some instances, ahead. I am pleased and relieved. Bring on the season!
10/08/2008 17:54:00
Gandor, I only watched the TV highlights, I thought we were run ragged. If it was not for James, I dread to think what the score would have been. Campbell was leaden, thank goodness for Distin. Sorry I was not impressed.
10/08/2008 19:46:00
Campbell wasn't the only one, jonno was miles off the pace (in front of Capello too) and Kranjcar was non-existent, to be fair to the bloke the much maligned Diop was one of the better performers! What stood out though was a total lack of width, what is the point of a 6'7" striker when nothing is crossed in for him?
10/08/2008 20:16:00
Well, I thought we did well. According to the man on the telly we didn't..... He said our Defence was shaky, Sol was not fit enough, and opposing teams would find a way through between Distin and Campbell. Oh well, good job Kaboul is coming then.
10/08/2008 22:26:00
Oh dear, I've still got a lot to learn.... I shan't bother volunteering for the match report then!
10/08/2008 22:31:00
if we had a shakey defence, on a massive pitch, when johnson had his worst performance for over a year, and campbel being ancient, against the best attacking side of last season... we should be fine!
10/08/2008 22:34:00
The main problem was that most of the players were not fuly fit and from the look of it hadn't had many training sessions together as a team. The service to Crouch and Defoe was woeful.
11/08/2008 05:52:00
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