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All contract talks on hold

It does not come as a surprise - well it would surprise me if it surprised anyone else, and as far as I am concerned it probably does not make much difference anyway, but it has been told to The Daily Mirror - on Monday I believe - by Paul Hart that all contract talks 'are on hold' until our league future is confirmed: 'I don't know how you can make a decision on players when you don't know if you are staying in the league. We have to stay up first.

'I'm here until the end of the season and dealing game to game. Whatever decisions need to be made won't be made now and may not necessarily be made by me.'

I still would not be in the least bit surprised if we got out the big brush and swept the floors clear - lets face it we need to cut costs and this gives us the ideal opportunity to start doing this... Whilst I would not be releasing the lot, in the main we would not be that badly troubled even if we did - apart from the diminishing numbers.

The Herminator is still one that I think we would benefit from offering another 12-months with maybe the option of another and Sean Davis posses the only quality that we really have in our current midfield, albeit - with respect - slightly limited, but his attitude is spot on but Wigan are the latest club showing an interest according to 'reports' today. 'If' they took pay cuts, although I had been against it, the benefits of keeping Sol Campbell and Kanu for next season seem to become more apparent as the weeks go on as next season is going to see quite a different side taking to the field, so at the right price this pair would certainly helped if used in the right way...

Of course it is not just players futures that are sorted out, Hart has his own future to be clarified - after constantly saying he was 'only here until the end of the season then he was going back to the youth side of things' he has left the door open and now seems pretty keen on the job: 'in a perverse way I've quite enjoyed my time in charge.

'It has probably rekindled something I didn't want to admit was there. I made a career decision to go back into youth development.'

Well this makes the decision of those that will decide to appoint him, as we almost certainly will, easier then - not that I think this would make this the right decision...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 5 2009

Time: 7:35AM

Your Comments

Whoever the new manager is, he has got his job cut out to run Pompey.

Hermie:
offer him another contract - 2 years, he's worth it and he's the sort of player the clubs we are trying to emulate, keep and keep and keep.
Sean Davis: offer him a 3 year contract - I can't believe some people are still not keen on him.
Sol Campbell: won't stay - Pompey have been a miserable club this year and he doesn't need the hassle - also voted player, least likely to re-join Henry James at the Spuds.
Kanu
: has been a good (ish) servant but the time has come. When you want to reduce costs, his fleeting appearances are a bit of a luxury.
Noe Pamarot: is not really going to move the club forward, so let him go.

This is the first year in two decades that I haven't looked forward to the transfer market 'opening' - have the Scum got anybody cheap worth buying, I wonder?.
sad_sack_pain_in_the
Whoever the new manager is, he has got his job cut out to run Pompey.

Hermie:
offer him another contract - 2 years, he's worth it and he's the sort of player the clubs we are trying to emulate, keep and keep and keep.
Sean Davis: offer him a 3 year contract - I can't believe some people are still not keen on him.
Sol Campbell: won't stay - Pompey have been a miserable club this year and he doesn't need the hassle - also voted player, least likely to re-join Henry James at the Spuds.
Kanu
: has been a good (ish) servant but the time has come. When you want to reduce costs, his fleeting appearances are a bit of a luxury.
Noe Pamarot: is not really going to move the club forward, so let him go.

This is the first year in two decades that I haven't looked forward to the transfer market 'opening' - have the Scum got anybody cheap worth buying, I wonder?.
sad_sack_pain_in_the
Would be nice to keep Sol around for another ear. Kaboul is coming on magnificently, but would still benefit from another year alongside Campbell, especially if Glen J is going. Like Herman and like Davis. All the others as far as I am concerned are surplus to requirements and will save us a fortune. Looking on the bright side of things, I would like to think the reason we are not discussing renewal contracts is because we have a buyer in the wings. I know its daft, but I am ever the optimist.
Gandor1
Would be nice to keep Sol around for another ear. Kaboul is coming on magnificently, but would still benefit from another year alongside Campbell, especially if Glen J is going. Like Herman and like Davis. All the others as far as I am concerned are surplus to requirements and will save us a fortune. Looking on the bright side of things, I would like to think the reason we are not discussing renewal contracts is because we have a buyer in the wings. I know its daft, but I am ever the optimist.
Gandor1
It's going to be a long cold summer in Pompey!
sneakay
It's going to be a long cold summer in Pompey!
sneakay
Well Gekas might not be playing alot of football at the moment but he is certainly doing alot of shopping to make up for it! Spotted him down town on Friday with a nice big H+M bag full of shopping which he then put in his car before returning to Cascades and entering "Next" to buy MORE clothes (presumably). Off topic I know, but made me smile haha
Ziggstix
Well Gekas might not be playing alot of football at the moment but he is certainly doing alot of shopping to make up for it! Spotted him down town on Friday with a nice big H+M bag full of shopping which he then put in his car before returning to Cascades and entering "Next" to buy MORE clothes (presumably). Off topic I know, but made me smile haha
Ziggstix
Not looking good, fearinf the worst here. Kanu is such a talent if we play to his strenghts but obviously money talks & we will talk our way out of many players. Davis is a good player in a poor team. We'll be even poorer next season. Probably the same with HH. Sol is still agreat player but with some of the worlds best running at him maybe he should call it a day. Add the possible sale of those that will raise big cash, we won't have a lot left. The vultures are circling above. All doom until Sasha finds a buyer!
storagematt
Not looking good, fearinf the worst here. Kanu is such a talent if we play to his strenghts but obviously money talks & we will talk our way out of many players. Davis is a good player in a poor team. We'll be even poorer next season. Probably the same with HH. Sol is still agreat player but with some of the worlds best running at him maybe he should call it a day. Add the possible sale of those that will raise big cash, we won't have a lot left. The vultures are circling above. All doom until Sasha finds a buyer!
storagematt
money talks... but I would like to think we should aim to keep as many as possible...
pompeycarpet
money talks... but I would like to think we should aim to keep as many as possible...
pompeycarpet
I can't help fearing that not offering a deal to Hermann and Sean will come back and bite us on the bum. I know we're trying to save money and keep our options open, but we've already got a shedload of players we can offload to bring the wage bill down. At this rate, EastneyDave might be turning out as a defensive midfielder next season.
PhilTaglia
I can't help fearing that not offering a deal to Hermann and Sean will come back and bite us on the bum. I know we're trying to save money and keep our options open, but we've already got a shedload of players we can offload to bring the wage bill down. At this rate, EastneyDave might be turning out as a defensive midfielder next season.
PhilTaglia
 

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