Date:Tuesday January 6 2009
It`s not very often I feel the need to have a front page rant but tonight I just need to get something off my chest.
Everyday I read and file all newspaper reports about Pompey in the (some would call it 'anal') hope that someday I be able to produce a snippet of info on something that will maybe answer a readers question or prove a point in a debate or help any number of contributors to Vital Pompey on a particular fact about a player from our colourful past. It's an enjoyable labour of love which I have performed for years and as most of you know there's not a Pompey player I don't have at least 'some' info on.
Anyway, back to my point.
I got in from work today and logged-on to the various websites I use and lo-and-behold there were hundreds of (expected) reports about 'Defoe-gate' but in amongst them all were a handful of blog entries or articles from 'journalists' stating; we are broke, relegation fodder, Championship bound, have a rookie as a manager, useless without Redknapp or Diarra or Defoe, that Harry was Pompey, Pompey was Harry and that we didn't exist before he a) came here in the first place or b) returned, that Fratton Park is a joke and is falling down etc. etc.
Reading it, albeit mostly ill-informed tripe, really started to get me down.
I then read two 'balanced' reports from respected Journo's (albeit Pompey fans) who 'Fear the worst' (Brian Oliver - Guardian), or believe Defoe's departure 'leaves a bitter taste' (Mark Burton - The News) and although saying much the same thing their views were informed and well thought out and in fairness I tended to agree with a lot of what they had written.
Things then got worse.
I came across Sarah (I`m gonna bash Pompey for fun) Winterburn from Football 365.
Rather than provide a link to 365 I've pasted her view of Pompey not as she did, on a national site so all other clubs can revel in our so called misfortune, but on ours - A Pompey site - so we can provide her with some 'feedback'
The article is below… Let me (and Sarah) know what you think of her view of our club.
Maybe like me you'll decide 'enough is enough' and start to put these 'Pompey Knockers' in their place!
Pompey Are Going Places Indeed...The Championship
Football 365 - Blog
'In no way am I stepping down, I feel I am joining a club that is going places with a new stadium, a new training ground and some very good players.'
You have to feel sorry for Peter Crouch. Back in July he was joining a club that had recently won major silverware, were established in the top half of the Premier League, led by an experienced, successful manager and boasted players like Sylvain Distin, David James, Glen Johnson, Niko Kranjcar, Lassana Diarra, Sulley Muntari and Jermain Defoe who would not look out of place in the Champions League.
Fast-forward six months and the experienced manager has been replaced by a rookie who failed at Wycombe and three of those players have gone, leaving Crouch a lanky, lone figure facing the prospect of playing alongside the has-been Kanu or the never-was David Nugent, or more likely in front of a packed, uncreative midfield.
The Portsmouth midfield that started the FA Cup final against Cardiff was John Utaka, Pedro Mendes, Lassana Diarra, Sulley Muntari, Niko Kranjcar. The midfield that started their defence of the trophy against Bristol City last weekend was David Nugent, Mark Wilson, Sean Davis, Arnold Mvuemba and Kranjcar. Spot the massive difference.
Honest footballers they may be, but that is a relegation-fighting side, and judging from a run of four straight Premier League defeats, it's a fight they are ill-equipped to win. Only Middlesbrough were as bad in December and Tony Adams' crumbs of comfort can come from Boro looking almost, but not quite, as rotten.
This week sees Pompey reward Davis and Richard Hughes with new deals, with Adams pointedly talking of Davis' 'attitude and his workrate' and Hughes being 'ever dependable and so valuable for a squad'. It's a long way from Diarra and Muntari and it seems years rather than months since a giddy Pompey were paired with AC Milan in the UEFA Cup.
Portsmouth have scored 21 goals in the Premier League this season, and all but six have been scored by Crouch or Defoe. Of Crouch's seven goals, only three were not assisted by his strike partner. So that's over half of Pompey's goals this season that were either scored or created by the man who has now hotfooted it back to Tottenham.
Adams will not be given all the profits from the Diarra, Muntari and Defoe deals to spend on replacements. The wages that lured Crouch and Defoe to the south coast will not be on offer and Adams is not blessed with the Redknapp gift of the gab to persuade players to join a club that's suddenly looking a lot less fashionable. They will be shopping from the sales bin and hoping that attitude, workrate and dependability can keep them in the Premier League.
That might be enough under a Sam Allardyce or even a Gary Megson. But under a new manager who already looks out of his depth before the real battle has begun?
Date:Tuesday January 6 2009
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