Date:Tuesday December 23 2008
Ok, maybe Tony Adams has not quite told sky sports news that his players should 'shut up and do their jobs', but it is words to that effect aimed at his under-performing 'stars' - well that is how I am viewing it anyway!
Many of them have voiced concerns and worries recently, with Sol Campbell the most recent to do so but Adams has basically, as have most of us, told the players to just get on with the job they are paid to do: 'we are all under pressure in the world.
'The players have to focus on doing their jobs and doing them properly and I have to focus on doing my job.
'We are not the only club up for sale and at the moment the owner is still here and has given me and the players tremendous backing.
'Sol has to concentrate on kicking and heading the ball away and stopping the opposition scoring.'
Well said that man - he was 'too restrained' though, but then again he has to be...
Sol, and others to be fair, are paid to play football - until the time comes when they do not get paid, 'heaven forbid', they should just get on with this and let whatever else will happen happen. Not ideal is it, but that is there job. We get paid to do jobs and we do them, regardless as to what 'might' happen. These players are not likely to go 'unemployed' for that long - not that they would find it any great hardship even if they did.
If these players are so worried about their futures then if they started performing on the pitch then they would not have so much to worry about!
Adams also identified the midfield area as the area that he really needs to look at next month - however he again stressed that he will not be spending more than he wants as he is not 'prepared to skint' the club in search of reinforcements.
What I would give for a Pedro Mendes now, the fella has quality and most of all 'wanted' to play for us - unfortunately Sulley Muntari has been missed. Whilst I was not overly disappointed to see him go to be honest I think we have missed him more than I thought, and I am man enough to admit this - but when all is said and done the business done with him was too good to refuse, and that is what we mostly need to look at I guess... Lassana Diarra is going to be a major miss without a shadow of a doubt, but that move was way too good to refuse all around!
Toping my list would be Jimmy Bullard, Patrick Vieira and Gary O'Neil - realistically we will do well to get one, let alone two or all of them.
With at least 50% of the Lassie money going back to pay off debts I would guess, if we are left with some £8m to spend I would be surprised - that 'might' get Vieira in on loan, which would not be a bad thing, Nadir Belhadj permanently and 'maybe' O'Neil, given Boro also still owe us some money for him that we could 'write off'... I would still love to bring in Bullard, so he got my vote in the poll.
Anyway, thoughts on the Pompey managers thoughts and my own please guys!
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Tuesday December 23 2008
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