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Adams - shut up and do your job!

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!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 23 2008

Time: 8:17PM

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the players need to play football, tht's there job, nothign else. Midfield, I will maintain Engelaar would be the best player to come in - O'Neil would be a step in the wrong direction, vieara would be great, but is getting on a bit, and Bullard I am just not convnced by. Selling Muntari I think has possibly been the biggest cause of our defencive frailtys this season, as he was such a fantastic player, and I don't think many of us realised just how good he actually was! without diara now, wewill be lacking, so we NEED someone special!
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23/12/2008 20:35:00

Here ere carpet. Players like Lauren should have been fined for what they have said. Right behind Tony.
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23/12/2008 20:41:00

effort, heart, commitment, determination and actually wanting to play for the shirt can make alot of difference - maybe we need some more of this to go alongside 'the quality', bullard would be ideal as he ticks most of these boxes for me, as does o'neil...
adams will have little, or no money, to spend so lets not kid ourselves - lets just see what 'magic' he can work!
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23/12/2008 20:45:00

An Inter Milan fan I know says Sulley is looking the business. Great engine, merciless in the tackle. I'd love to see Gary back as he's young and we could build a midfield around him. I'm sure he's got the skills to become a top quality Prem player.
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23/12/2008 20:47:00

Bl00dy right, we shouldnt wait until Lauren leaves should be sacked forthwith; Adams is right to speak up, they get more in a month than most in a years, the players are being unproffesional, its pathetic. I think my hero Sol knows he wont get a full contract and now probably isnt good enough to deserve one. I suppose ONeil might bring something like grit to the midfield but as most know i didnt think we should have let Sulley go; Boobup is no replacement. It will be intresting to see how Adams gets on after january cos lets be honest Pompeyrugs bannerline could just as easily apply to him.
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23/12/2008 22:29:00

Sol and Distin are both beginning to show their age. Sorry but its my view from my seat in the Fratton end, that those 2 are now losing it to the pace of the young strikers they face, and low and behold, they are the 2 making the most noise.
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24/12/2008 07:55:00

Those players making these comments are only looking at their futures away from FP and are undermining what will be a difficult few weeks for Tony. I'm not convinced he will still be at FP by the end of Jan and players like Lauren, Sol, Sylvain are not helping. Move them all on I say!
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24/12/2008 08:57:00

Tony is floundering under the weight of our expectations, and i think he will get another month to put it right and then a decision will have to be taken. Viera would be the type of experienced pro we need along with Edu, Gary coming back would also give us some depth, we still need a quick, hard working and FIT right sided player, and i still think Pennant could do a job if he got a regular run. Nico, let him go to the Gunners, Lauren, Traore D, Hermann, Kanu, Linvoy, Duffy, Utaka, Crainey and Little should be let go and maybe a big decision is due on Sol. These squad players do not do the job and are probably fuelling the unrest and need to be shipped out.
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24/12/2008 09:48:00

i know i have continued to back adams, and as said maybe that is because i so deseprately want him to be able to be a success, but in all fairness our 'poor form' under him is only really a continuation of the poor form that we have shown for the majority of 2008 - and this has been shared between him and HR, actually 'stats' show the form over the same amount of games under HR was actually worse, and that is where it began...
the pursuit of 'success' looks to have brought us a shed load of mercenaries who do not really want to play for the club, used it to get back into the limelight and are now eager to jump ship much like their former leader did - altho that said the board also seem to be doing their fair share to help 'push' plenty, which might even be against what they want?
'if' a mass clearout does happen lets see how storrie 'explains' this one - i trust he will lower our season ticket prices considerably next season as we will not have that 'huge' wage bill to foot anymore...
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24/12/2008 10:15:00

Glad to see people now seeing how much we miss Sulley, Always rated him, & was only ever going to get better as I said at the time Inter got a bargian. (Jose is no mug).
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24/12/2008 12:02:00

I agree with you russell, The headline does indeed apply to TA. He certainly knows how to talk complete B******s most of the time.
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24/12/2008 12:02:00

yep, adams comes out with some 'strange' things, but does he lie and make excuses - i think its far too easy for us to 'get on his back' but my thinking, and i am not saying it is right, is he is the man in charge of a ship that was already heading in the wrong direction before he took over...
i hope 2009, well even the end of 2008, can bring us some joy - not that i am convinced it will - and of course the fault will lay at his door, but again my own thinking is unfairly so (well all the blame), im still looking more at players who on the whole are clearly demonstrating that it is not 'the club' they want to play for, when that should always be the case...
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