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Linvoy undecided/Adams unfazed/Groves' delight

Linvoy undecided/Adams unfazed/Groves' delight

Another day in the Pompey world and varying degrees of thought regarding various Pompey personalities futures, and how they see them panning out...

Linvoy Primus' loan spell with Charlton ends next month, but at the moment he remains undecided if he will return to the club - or if Tony Adams will even want him to!

The fans favourite is looking to discuss what his future will be in the next couple of weeks though: 'there have been a lot of changes at Portsmouth in recent weeks with Tony replacing Harry Redknapp as manager, and a few other people have left too, so I haven't had the chance to discuss my future yet.

'I spoke to Tony when he took over to wish him all the best but we didn't speak about my situation. But he knows I am here and I have told him it's going really well. I am sure we will sit down soon and have a chat about it, but right now I'm probably bottom of his list of priorities!'

If truth be know, as sad as it is to say, I think that Primus is probably right - his own future is likely not one of the highest priorities for Adams at the moment, not that it is not something that he will not be thinking of.

During his time back at Charlton he has made 7 appearances so far, and playing regular 1st team football again is something that he is enjoying and after a year out through injury and wants to play as much as he can in the future, for as long as he can, so this future may well lie back in London: 'this time last year, almost to the day, I was in America having an operation on my knee and I didn't know if I would ever play again.

'The big thing for me is that I am playing fairly regularly and I have a good relationship with all the players and the staff here.

'There are a lot of factors to weigh up for me and I have to think about what is right for myself, for Charlton and for Portsmouth.

'I lost a lot of time through injury last year and my main aim is to just play as much football as possible, for as long as I can.'

It would be sad to see him leave, but for the sake of his own career I would not be surprised if we allowed him to leave and maybe even granted him a free transfer? If we did I would hope we left the door open for a future role with the club, possible an ambassadorial role or something with a testimonial for him in the summer as well?


One man that says he is 'unfazed' by all the speculation and uncertainty surrounding Pompey's future is Tony Adams, with the Pompey manager telling The News that he will concentrate on his job and let other matters take care of themselves...

Although he does admit that he does not see his, or Peter Storrie's roles with the club changing anytime soon: 'it's not my concern and it's not my department.

'I see Peter Storrie being here for the foreseeable future. He's been supportive to me and I've got nothing but admiration for him for the way that he's helped me through this period.

'I don't see Peter's role and my role to Peter changing for the foreseeable future. And I feel totally supported by the owner. Whatever they decide, they decide.

'My focus is just on preparing the team for West Ham.'

Another 3pts at West Ham this weekend and more to follow that would work very favourably for him, and work in his favour with others in time should our future bring change at the top...


And finally, newly promoted assistant 1st team coach Paul Groves is relishing his new role and looks forward to the challenge ahead of him, as he also told The News.

He will carry on with his reserve team duties, but will have a more hands on input with the 1st team - although this is something that he had become more actively involved with in recent months anyway: 'I've been doing a fair amount with the first team in recent months and it's been a positive experience.

'I've been fortunate. Working alongside Harry Redknapp, Tony Adams and Joe Jordan, I felt I was learning all the time and they have helped me along the way massively.

'I've been able to ease myself in and around the first team from the very start. I'm happy doing what I'm doing.

'I'm still learning and it was the next step to go from reserve-team manager to assistant first-team coach, so it's a fantastic opportunity for me.

'But I don't see a massive difference in my new job to what I've been doing.'

As previously said Groves has done a lot of good work with Pompey since his arrival, most of which might have gone unnoticed but will certainly be noticed more now - as will he, so if you do not know the fella, you soon will!

As ever, thoughts on all please guys...


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Date:Thursday November 13 2008
Time: 9:55AM



I would hate to think Linvoy had left us, but he deserves to be playing somewhere as it is what he wants to do.

Tony seems to be at least taking about having the right attitude. I am sure that what is going on must be effecting him somewhat though.sneakay

13/11/2008 10:30:00
All the best to Linvoy, he must go where he is able to play regularly - these guys don't have a long playing career, it's no good spending it on a bench
13/11/2008 11:10:00
Good luck to Linvoy whatever he decides, it will be a shame to lose him, but he must do what's best for him, he deserves that.
13/11/2008 18:06:00
Whatever happens on the pitch front, we wish Linvoy well, a living legend, never to forgotton. I sincerely hope the club with have working in the Pompey community when he retires.
13/11/2008 21:25:00
Great man. Unfortunately I cant see him playing for us again, but if he wants should be allowed a free, returning to us in some capacity after he retires.
13/11/2008 22:29:00
"I'd like to give someone, a local guy maybe, the opportunity to come in and work with the first team, but also with the youth side and on player development. We need to get some Portsmouth players through." maybe theres a job for Linvoy??
14/11/2008 02:46:00
abit 'squashed up' here arent we...
i would love to see linvoy play one last game for pompey - but its not looking good is it, he will be back with the club for abit of december at least so it could happen, but isnt likely is it? there will surely be some role for him in the future tho - not sure about a coaching position yet, but you never know!
14/11/2008 08:16:00
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