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Sol not going down/Grant taking over?

Sol feels he is good for another 3-years

With Sol Campbell out of contract at the end of the season the chances of him staying at the club seem slim, but as he told The Daily Star he wants to carry on for another 3-years at least.

Well, actually he said he 'would play for another 10 years' if he could but 'maybe in three years I'll think about retirement'. He also refused to rule out staying in 'football in another capacity' after he retires.

I will be honest, and to be fair I was quite open with these thoughts and also think they were fair, in the early part of the season I was desperate for us to release him in the summer as I thought he was totally passed it. As it is now his form in the last few months has been fantastic - I would not say 'back to his best' as these best days were, lets be honest, behind him even when he first came here, but back to a very high standard he still had when he first came to Pompey and a standard you would expect from a player of his quality, not to mention monthly wage!

Now I am in the 'I would like him to stay' group as his experience and quality could still do us a job, but his wages are going to prevent this from happening I would suspect. A pay-cut would need to be taken, and money need not be an issue for one of this countries most wealthy footballers, as it is the direction the club 'could' be taking might. So, I suspect that he will finally gain the move abroad that he has often spoken about getting before calling it a day. Spain or Italy could be ideally suited to him?

As for our own survival, he knows its not assured yet but he feels confident enough about this - and rightly so as I really do think we are going to be ok now, regardless as to the outcome against Newcastle tomorrow, although a win would be very handy...

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Pompey job there for Grant 'if he wants it?'

Apparently Avram Grant is in line to take the Czech Republic job, but is also keen on being able to manage a club side too - with it also 'reported' that the Pompey job has been 'offered to him' and he is now 'considering it'...

I am not keen on Paul Hart getting the job but I am even less so on Grant getting it! Please do not let this happen!

Chances are, unless we are taken over in the summer, we are going to be in for another tough season next time round and I think I can totally understand the calls for a manager with some 'charisma' and 'personality' about them, as this would help us and do Hart, and without a doubt Grant have much, if any of these qualities?

I would say no, but would also quite easily say that Hart has more!

The plus point to Hart taking over, as someone mentioned in the forum earlier, is that he at least he knows the capabilities of the youngsters first hand, and with some of these quite possibly making inroads into the 1st team this season no one should know their capabilities better than him...

Sven Goran Eriksson is not going to get the job, but all the time that he remains out of work the more it amazes me that we were prepared to take him on when he was 'unattainable', yet now he is available we are not even 'talking' about him - this just seems to add credence to my thinking that it was just a 'publicity thing' with him and we never had any real interest in appointing him anyway! The compensation issue with Mexico was just a suitable cover story...

If we are happy to take the 'job share option', then why not let Slaven Bilic take the job?

He is leaving Croatia in November I believe, so it is not like he will have to job share for long anyway is it! People can argue he is another 'unproven' manager but he has worked wonders with Croatia and his enthusiasm for the game and his desire to win would make him a winner for me I reckon, and I feel players would want to play for him.

Nope, for me, the idea of appointing Grant does not appeal to me at all...

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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 26 2009

Time: 4:14PM

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Well the speculation will go into meltdown once the season finishes. Hart isn't the long term answer but I'm not sure who is until the finances are sorted out.
storagematt
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26/04/2009 17:22:00

Well the speculation will go into meltdown once the season finishes. Hart isn't the long term answer but I'm not sure who is until the finances are sorted out.
storagematt
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26/04/2009 17:22:00

Coppell or Pulis and if we are looking at players I'd go for the Brunt at West Brom.
bluedr
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26/04/2009 18:00:00

Coppell or Pulis and if we are looking at players I'd go for the Brunt at West Brom.
bluedr
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26/04/2009 18:00:00

Curbishley for me, and i would look at Greening/Morrison and Gary O'Neill.
Owenspompey
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26/04/2009 18:08:00

Curbishley for me, and i would look at Greening/Morrison and Gary O'Neill.
Owenspompey
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26/04/2009 18:08:00

I would never take curbishley, but I can't imagine that Hughes will be at Man City next season (I think they are waiting for the end of the season for a move for Scolari) and I think he would be one that is well worth a move for.
pompeywa
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26/04/2009 18:11:00

But, as I forgot to mention, wages might once again be an issue with that move.
pompeywa
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26/04/2009 18:11:00

I would never take curbishley, but I can't imagine that Hughes will be at Man City next season (I think they are waiting for the end of the season for a move for Scolari) and I think he would be one that is well worth a move for.
pompeywa
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26/04/2009 18:11:00

But, as I forgot to mention, wages might once again be an issue with that move.
pompeywa
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26/04/2009 18:11:00

Rumour has it that Scolari has taken a job with one of the African teams. We have to face facts the best we will get is Boothroyd or Curbishley. See you all at St James Park, we need a point after the Blackburn result.
Owenspompey
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26/04/2009 18:42:00

Rumour has it that Scolari has taken a job with one of the African teams. We have to face facts the best we will get is Boothroyd or Curbishley. See you all at St James Park, we need a point after the Blackburn result.
Owenspompey
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26/04/2009 18:42:00

curbishley?! please no! avram... I wouldn't be upset. He would (hopefully) have kidd to do all the passion thing, and then avram could just soak up the pressure for the team...
pompeycarpet
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26/04/2009 19:06:00

curbishley?! please no! avram... I wouldn't be upset. He would (hopefully) have kidd to do all the passion thing, and then avram could just soak up the pressure for the team...
pompeycarpet
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26/04/2009 19:06:00

Grant doesn't do much for me I am afraid. We are going into choppy waters next year and I would rather have someone with a bit more about them -even if Brian Kidd is here to help. I like the look of Mark Hughes, if he becomes available.
Gandor1
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26/04/2009 19:42:00

Grant doesn't do much for me I am afraid. We are going into choppy waters next year and I would rather have someone with a bit more about them -even if Brian Kidd is here to help. I like the look of Mark Hughes, if he becomes available.
Gandor1
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26/04/2009 19:42:00

If Grant takes over then I'm out of here. Same for Hart staying. Not a great idea.
The Rabbi
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26/04/2009 20:35:00

If Grant takes over then I'm out of here. Same for Hart staying. Not a great idea.
The Rabbi
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26/04/2009 20:35:00

I really can't see Brian Kidd staying unless Hart stays on so a combo such as him and avram is a definite no-no. Coppell is according to the mail today retiring at the end of the season, so if we do want him, i suggest we get in quick to convince him to change his mind!! Wouldn't mind seeing avram or curbs, can't see hughes being available. And any thoughts on Alan Pardew?
jonathanl50
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26/04/2009 20:36:00

I really can't see Brian Kidd staying unless Hart stays on so a combo such as him and avram is a definite no-no. Coppell is according to the mail today retiring at the end of the season, so if we do want him, i suggest we get in quick to convince him to change his mind!! Wouldn't mind seeing avram or curbs, can't see hughes being available. And any thoughts on Alan Pardew?
jonathanl50
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26/04/2009 20:36:00

pardew... I rated him at west ham. I had no idea why they sacked him. Then he went to charlton, and was absolute rubbish...
pompeycarpet
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26/04/2009 20:51:00

pardew... I rated him at west ham. I had no idea why they sacked him. Then he went to charlton, and was absolute rubbish...
pompeycarpet
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26/04/2009 20:51:00

and back onto campbell... people say his wages are high - but if we ignore them (I mean, what do we (I) REALLY know about the clubs finances?) I would say we should try to keep him. His experiance has been crucial, and his positioning is still (pretty much) the best in the league, which makes up for his lack of pace. Pretty much like a defencive kanu really
pompeycarpet
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26/04/2009 20:53:00

and back onto campbell... people say his wages are high - but if we ignore them (I mean, what do we (I) REALLY know about the clubs finances?) I would say we should try to keep him. His experiance has been crucial, and his positioning is still (pretty much) the best in the league, which makes up for his lack of pace. Pretty much like a defencive kanu really
pompeycarpet
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26/04/2009 20:53:00

No, I'm afraid Kaboul is a made replacement for him and think he'd work well alonside sylvain. We have to move on, sol's been great for us but his time is up. And its a cliche, but look how far we've come, Pompey rejecting players like Sol Campbell!!
jonathanl50
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26/04/2009 21:22:00

No, I'm afraid Kaboul is a made replacement for him and think he'd work well alonside sylvain. We have to move on, sol's been great for us but his time is up. And its a cliche, but look how far we've come, Pompey rejecting players like Sol Campbell!!
jonathanl50
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26/04/2009 21:22:00

unless investment is found, Haet will stay and we will see his Pompey Pups replacing the likes of Distan Johnson, Crouch Campbell, Krunchie and davis.....but even if we go down then we will still be a division above saints....It's cold in southampton at the moment.....apparently its minus 10
plymouth graham
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26/04/2009 22:23:00

unless investment is found, Haet will stay and we will see his Pompey Pups replacing the likes of Distan Johnson, Crouch Campbell, Krunchie and davis.....but even if we go down then we will still be a division above saints....It's cold in southampton at the moment.....apparently its minus 10
plymouth graham
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26/04/2009 22:23:00

If we can keep Sol I think it would be a good move. In fact just keep all the defence. It's our strongest area
Pompeyscum
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27/04/2009 00:25:00

If we can keep Sol I think it would be a good move. In fact just keep all the defence. It's our strongest area
Pompeyscum
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27/04/2009 00:25:00

I don't know why people don't like Grant. He may not be the most charismatic bloke in the world but he gets the job done. Look at the fantastic record he had with Chelsea. If we could get results like that I think I would be dreaming!
sneakay
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27/04/2009 10:04:00

I don't know why people don't like Grant. He may not be the most charismatic bloke in the world but he gets the job done. Look at the fantastic record he had with Chelsea. If we could get results like that I think I would be dreaming!
sneakay
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27/04/2009 10:04:00

look at the tools that grant had to work with at chelski tho sneaks!
pompeyrug
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27/04/2009 10:19:00

look at the tools that grant had to work with at chelski tho sneaks!
pompeyrug
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27/04/2009 10:19:00

Could be worse than Avram Grant, If you want really negative just hire Curbishly or Pardew!
pentonpompey
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27/04/2009 10:20:00

Could be worse than Avram Grant, If you want really negative just hire Curbishly or Pardew!
pentonpompey
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27/04/2009 10:20:00

No idea who I want a manager we have had so many this season I have run out of ideas. As to Sol I would say one more season but not at 60,000+ a week.
eastneydave
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27/04/2009 16:29:00

No idea who I want a manager we have had so many this season I have run out of ideas. As to Sol I would say one more season but not at 60,000+ a week.
eastneydave
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27/04/2009 16:29:00

No idea who I want a manager we have had so many this season I have run out of ideas. As to Sol I would say one more season but not at 60,000+ a week.
eastneydave
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27/04/2009 16:29:00

No idea who I want a manager we have had so many this season I have run out of ideas. As to Sol I would say one more season but not at 60,000+ a week.
eastneydave
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27/04/2009 16:29:00

 

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