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Deal or no deal? Sol Campbell...

Deal or no deal? Sol Campbell...

So, we have some 15 players out of contract in the summer (or seeing their loans with Pompey end) it is almost time to decide who deserves a new contract and who does not deserve the drippings from my nose, well ours noses!

I was going to look at them all together, but I think I will do them one at a time... Simple question, and as the bearded one would say, 'deal or no deal?'

Sol Campbell

The man has been a rock for Pompey but father time seems to have caught up with him badly in the past year or so. That said I feel mental issues as much as physical issues have been his downfall. When the captain is 'happy' in his own mind he is often happy on the pitch, when his 'mind' is not right, he does not often look right on the pitch.

I must admit I am torn, I often say it is time for him to go, but his experience could still be invaluable to us next season - and I feel this could well be a struggle, but that is for another day...

I think as much will depend on the size of the wedge he wants. Anything upwards of £60,000 will be what he is on per week, he would have to drop these wage demands significantly to even be considered being given a new contract. He does not need the money, so if he will drop this there could still be a deal to be done?

Deal or no deal? No deal.

Tough call, and a big call but I think this will be 'no deal', lets just hope we part amicably...

These are my thoughts, what about yours? As always please share them below...

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Wednesday February 18 2009
Time: 10:50AM

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deal... we should perhaps try to give him a wage cut - but in all honesty, he will be helping out our younger defenders in training, and he has also been our most consistent centre back this year. despite his age.
pompeycarpet
18/02/2009 10:58:00
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carpet, for me no 'maybe' about it - sol takes a paycut or i would not even be entertaining the thought of him getting a new deal, then again this is not my decision is it...
the youngsters 'should' have been learning from sol over the years, but i just do not think we can justify keeping him for that purpose alone, if so then he needs to become a coach, or at least player/coach to justify.
would agree tho, despite his indifferent performances this season sol has probably been our best defender this season - central defender that is!
pompeyrug
18/02/2009 11:06:00
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No Deal! Think that we would need someone like him but definately on a wage cut. If he won't accept a wage cut then get rid of him. Unfortunately, when you're in the hot seat, the banker won't offer anything on condition, so I'm gonna take my chances and no deal.
PFCGino
18/02/2009 11:09:00
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Deal, on his day, he still has what it takes to be an international candidate, just needs the right manager to play him in the right games, etc
Midge
18/02/2009 11:14:00
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Deal for me too. With distin looking off form and being obviously disillusioned i wouldnt be suprised if he left in the summer (no doubt a bid from spurs will be on the way) i don't think we can afford to lose both. I'd offer Sol a contract which pays based on the number of games he plays or maybe even performance related. He'll probably have better offers from elsewhere though. the geordies have been sniffing around him for ages!
SUAC51
18/02/2009 11:30:00
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Midge, i hear what you are saying - at times this season sol has looked every inch the world-class defender he has been in his day, others i would fancy myself to do a better job than him...
agree that the right manager would get the best out of him - but another prime example of the need for him to take a big pay cut, as we could not justify paying him huge amounts of money if we were planning on using him for say 75% of games max could we..
pompeyrug
18/02/2009 11:51:00
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rug - I have given up on knowing/commenting (too much) on players wages. Sol Campbell i have heard is on £105 000 a week, £60 000 a week - or even as "low" as £40 000. obviously he would need a MASSIVE pay cut if it was £105 000 a week that he was on...
pompeycarpet
18/02/2009 11:51:00
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SUAC51, if sol is motivated by money - and for me he is not, then he will most certainly go elsewhere as he 'should' still have just about enough about him to convince another side to pay him top money - not sure a performances related contract would be the answer tho, simply a pay cut to a more 'sustainable' monthly amount...
pompeyrug
18/02/2009 11:52:00
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carpet, i too have heard varying amounts, but there is almost no way on earth that sol is on £100,000 per week... half that and put a touch more on and i think we get closer to what he actually is on...
i heard stories of arsenal 'paying half his wages' up until last summer, which 'would' explain the £100,000 theory, but even that seems a crazy theory!
pompeyrug
18/02/2009 11:54:00
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No deal from me I'm afraid. I think as has been pointed out he can on his day be an asset, but more often than not he is found trying to track back having been caught out of position or spending more time trying to claim an offside with his arm in the air, rather than keeping to job in hand and stop people like Torres getting headers in. Can't see him accepting a pay cut so let him go and bring in Cranie or Kaboul
blarmy
18/02/2009 11:55:00
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