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James reiterates his Pompey stance...

James reiterates his Pompey stance...

...that being 'he does not want to go, and he still sees that he has a part in unfinished business here'.

David James had last week said that he was not interested in joining Spurs and nor was he interested in leaving for anyone else - he reiterated that stance on pfcTV yesterday as he has with what he told sky sports news.

The England no.1 still feels that there is unfinished business at Pompey, so as long we are happy with him, he is happy with us and in fact feels he is privileged to be in the position that he is: 'as far as I'm concerned I'm here at Portsmouth and happy at Portsmouth.

'We've got a mission to do in Europe and in the Premier League and I've still got another two years left. So I'm happy to see those two years through.

'At 38 I'm delighted to be in a position when I can even talk to you as a first-team goalkeeper.

'I think Portsmouth have come on because what Harry has done over the past few years it has to be said, but we haven't finished and I see myself as part of that future.'

You will not find too many that are unhappy with you being here - quite frankly if anyone would want you gone they are crazy!

There is unfinished business with this club, so lets just hope that we will be in a position to be able to carry on with this in a couple of months time...

Whilst talking about James I am sure that most of you will have seen the latest morale booster that the players have come up with?

In order to keep the training standards high the players have come up with a training incentive... The worst performer has to go home in a clapped out Reliant Robin! And that man yesterday was James, as you can see by clicking here.

The loudspeaker on the roof apparently sounds animal noises to attract even more attention to the delightful little number!

I think it's a great idea - these kinds of things, or things like it used to seem commonplace among footballers but you do not hear much about 'the worst in training' punishment anymore do you, well not in the top-flight anyway.

Just imagine Peter Crouch trying to fit into that bad boy, whereas Jermain Defoe would be well away though as it would be plenty spacious for him!


Someone that is not so content with life at Pompey according to 'reports' today is on loan Chelski striker Ben Sahar...

The Israeli teenager has had injuries, but when fit is not getting a look in, not even on the bench and he is 'said' to be growing restless at his lack of opportunity and will demand to go back to Chelski in January if he is not given a chance - seen as his loan ends in January anyway that was always likely to be the case!

I do find it a strange one, and it does seem as though it is a loan wasted - and I cannot help but think of another ex-Chelski player that 'might' have arrived on loan had we not used our quoata - as we never looked like giving the fella a chance anyway, which is a shame as he has always looked a decent prospect when I have seen him and was impressed with him in pre-season. But then again with a couple of established England international strikers ahead of him the 19-year-old is always likely to dip out.

His mum has also had a go, with her saying if he was 'Ben Sahar da Santos' he would be given more of a chance - not just here, but in general...


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Date:Friday November 14 2008
Time: 12:06PM


Looks like he took the reliant robin thing in good humour! I wonder if he made it all the way back to Devon in it? I heard a different story, that it was to do with a bet on the champions league, not who was the worst player in training! As for Sahar, can't blame him really, not likely to get a look in unless we get an injury to Crouchie or J.
14/11/2008 12:32:00
Yeah great news that Jamo has pledged his talents to us, although he and all the others are only loyal until money is put on the table. I as I am sure everyone else is sick of who may or may not be leaving. On that note I am sure Defoe can't leave anyway until the summer due to technically he didn't sign til February?? With regard to Sahar, I too saw him at Swindon and he looked sharp. Its always going to difficult with Crouch and Defoe playing so well, and no doubt they have it written into their contracts, that unless injured or suspended they will start. Be good to see the lad on the bench and get a ten minute run out to freshen things up a bit in the odd game.
14/11/2008 12:37:00
Crouch and Defoe have started every game this season where we have played two up front and have been consistent performers. I feel for Sahar but it is tough at the top and he might have been better back at the Bridge where they have struggled with fit strikers.
14/11/2008 12:41:00
I have some sympathy for Sahar but in all honesty the front 2 are playing well, scoring goals and you're not going to break up a good partnership unless things aren't working. I'm sure in time Sahar will get a look in but his best opportunities for a look in happened when he was injured. It's a shame but thats the way it works out. From our point of view it's good that we haven't needed to use him.
Steve C
14/11/2008 15:17:00
Well said Jamo - Time to stand up and be counted Pompey players.
14/11/2008 16:15:00
Am very pleased that Jamo has said again that he is not leaving. As far as I can see, the only player Harry needs apart from Diarra is a decent Goalie, so hopefully in January Jamo will say no. Also very pleased that the team feel spirited enough to come up with capers such as the Reliant joke. Not too much worry there then! Imagine having to drive all the way to Exeter in it tho, and then probably come back in it in the morning!
14/11/2008 19:06:00
My fear is that clubs will offer a sum for our players & we want take the cash & try to move the player on. Extreme but it happens. If a player feels unwanted at his club & another does want hime then...
14/11/2008 19:58:00
Jamo staying despite what Stroagematt thinks (please mate get over it !!) Robin Reliant thing very funny... as for Sahar he can take his rascist mother and ***** off back to Chelsea for all I care.. He (or moreover she) has really *****ed me off with her comments about her 'baby' boy crying because he can't get into the team because those nasty men at Pompey don't like Isralies and if his name was de Santos he'd have displaced Defoe... Stick your pro Jewish and your 'we're so hard done by' attitude right up where the sun don't shine lady.. The bottom line is that Sahar was bought hear to play as a back-up.. unfortuantley we drew Chelsea in the Carling Cup and THEY didn't allow him to play.. He then got injured playing for his country - It is not the fault of Pompey's racist, non kosher eating set-up that he hasn't played.. or have you maybe considered he an'it good enough ? .. I'm sorry if I've offended anybody but her comments REALLY offended me ! "Israeli footballers do not get the recognition they deserve because the country is not high profile!".. Total *********
14/11/2008 23:27:00
Maybe he's Jew for a start elsewhere Chix. I am not racist but I don't like people accusing us of being so. The Indians for some instance think that blacks are monkeys, not my comment but theirs. My question is 'what colour do they think THEY are'.
16/11/2008 10:05:00
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