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Is now really the time?

To be fair, we know that the media are like a pack of jackals and they also most certainly kick you when you are down, they have/are doing this with us all the time, so collaring Niko Kranjcar into again 'reiterating his desire to leave Pompey in the summer' is not a surprise - that said given our current predicament did the Croatian really need to make any comment?

The fact that Kranjcar appears determined to leave in the summer, or so the media would have you believe, is not really a secret - and if he did I would not be in the least bit surprised - but there is a time and a place for these kind of thoughts. As we are a club without a manager and seemingly 'spiralling out of control' that needs 100% committed players, we do not really need to hear this type of talk do we...

No doubt, in typical media fashion they have rehashed what has been said to suit them, but he has done himself no favours by again even mentioning that he would like to move onto a 'bigger club', as honest as it might be, as this now gives people the ammunition to knock him with them able to accusing him of not giving his all as he knows he will move on anyway.

I like the guy, and do rate him but have also made no secret of my thoughts that if a good offer came in I would accept it no questions asked - but for now Niko, and every other player contracted to us for that matter who may well be having the same thoughts, lets just focus on the task in hand eh and ensure that we are dug out of the hole we are in - many of you may well want to move on, but remember the fans will still be here regardless so lets leave us with something positive too!

Of course we do have to be wary with what the media do tell us, and I know he was asked a question but it is simple really 'do not answer it'...

As far as the latest goes on a search for a new manager, as most of us probably know now the pressure has grown on Sven Goran Eriksson even more now after Mexico were beaten by American last night - he is now teetering on the brink, but should he fall, will he fall in Pompey's direction? Would we even want him to?

Well, the Swede is certainly now laying enough crumbs to make the seemingly impossible look more and more probable... He is a sly old fox as he says enough as to not risk his Mexican position, but also leaves the door open for a return to the premier league, quite possibly with Pompey...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 12 2009

Time: 11:12AM

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If Bilic came Kranjcar would no doubt stay. A player of his quality would certainly leave if we go down. I hope he doesn't go, but players move on - I'm Kranjcar's biggest fan and really hope he doesn't go.
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12/02/2009 11:29:00

hes just trying to say, im here but im not as bad as this lot.
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12/02/2009 11:35:00

It seems just a re-hash of what was said a while back. I think the papers are just looking for stories on us at the mo to, as you said, kick us whilst we are down.
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12/02/2009 11:43:00

We've heard this before from Kranjcar regarding Arsenal. He is obviously aware of the precarious position Pompey are in and is advertising himself in advance of a collapse if this should happen. It's utterly and totally wrong. He is in the employ of this club, receiving good wages every week and should keep his mouth shut. Where is the professionalism and loyalty, it can't be passed off as naivety. It sucks...!!!!
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12/02/2009 11:43:00

Think the press are doing there usual and almost saying that he has asked for a transfer.!! Yes he says he would not turn down a big club, and what player wouldn't? but he isn't qouted as saying he is looking to do it this summer and he has said that if we were to go down it doesn't mean he would look to leave, which indicates to me that when we stay up, he would be happy to stay anyway. But in all honetsy on performances at the moment from him, I can't see anybody going to be that interested, certainly not at big money. Regarding Sven, the appointment of Kidd is a strong indication I reckon that he is on his way and they will form up again as they did with England. Can we afford him? can we afford to go down??? answers to both are probably not and definately not. Sasha needs us to be in the top flight to secure a sell, and by god we need them to be in the top flight to secure good teams to play against.
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12/02/2009 11:46:00

Niko is a quality player as well as a luxury player. He would suit an Arsenal style but at the moment he belongs to us & needs to show that quality. If he wants to go in the summer fine, at a price that suits us.
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12/02/2009 12:00:00

Scores the winner for Croatia and gets asked the wrong question more likely. I am a big Niko fan too and want him to perform to the best of his ability to get us out of the mess we are in.
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12/02/2009 12:31:00

It's all media spin - go on SkySports.com and it's nowhere near as bad as it sounds.
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12/02/2009 12:32:00

Niko is a quality player - but he doesn't always perform at the top of his game. Although he's not alone in that amongst Pompey players at the moment. Lets have everyone putting thoughts of the summer to one side right now, and pull together, earn their wages to keep up the club that pays their wages.
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12/02/2009 12:36:00

storagematt, i totally agree Niko is a quality player, i'm a big fan of his, but just imagine if any of us guys worked for a big company on high wages and started putting it about that we were available to other firms. If it got back to the boss we'd either be carpeted or sacked...
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12/02/2009 15:02:00

usual press stuff - "if a big club came in, would you want to join them?" - "yes"=you want out, "no"=no ambition... catch22, and every player wants to win stuff. I'm sure that if Man U came in saying they wanted Linvoy Primus to come in and play central defence instead of ferdiand for the next 2 years, he would be off in a flash...
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12/02/2009 17:13:00

note, in the same article, he says he, and the rest of the team are up for a fight...
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12/02/2009 17:13:00

Niko is an excellent player and he showed what we've been missing when he came on against Liverpool BUT just shut up and get on with your job, the one you're paid a lot of money to do. Jeez!
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12/02/2009 19:13:00

Sell him, if he wants to go to the Gunners let him go, bye Nico enjoyed watching you, but you are obviously bigger than Pompey. First Distin now Nico, but i bet they both play on Saturday.
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12/02/2009 19:41:00

Another rat fleeing the sinking ship, let him go to Arsenal you wont need him in the Championship anyway.
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13/02/2009 01:44:00

Well you are full of wit aren't you TeddyLyon.. no rats,, no sinking ships,,, just a truck load of illinformed tossers queuing up to have a pop.. As for Nico.. BYE!
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13/02/2009 07:46:00

TeddyLyon..what ever made you think we'll be in the championship??? Being a little hasty aren't you. Not a Spurs fan by any chance??
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13/02/2009 09:33:00

Teddy, Teddy, Teddy, how you have vexed my friends and me, do us a small favour, and go away you horrible little man. Go back to the Lane and dream of living in the shadow of the bigger clubs in London.
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13/02/2009 19:10:00


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