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First signs of discontent?

I am a self confessed fan of Peter Crouch, some say I have a 'man crush' on him - I do not hide the fact that I think he is a top class footballer who I have always rated, and from his first spell with us, as even then it was obvious to see that he had talent, but even then it was also clear that on the deck is where he liked the ball - none of this long ball rubbish!

It is also fairly well know, as I probably make the comment enough, that I do not think he is rated as highly as I feel he should be, and 'if' we lost him this summer it would be a big loss.

Maybe the first signs of his frustrations at the club and his 'possible' resignation that he will be moved on again this summer appeared tonight when he was on setanta sports' Friday football show... The big man admitted that this season has not gone at all as he was expecting it to, or as setanta put it 'it was not what he signed up for': 'when I signed for this club, we were in The Uefa Cup and I thought we would push on and have a really good season.

'Obviously we lost two managers, and we lost players too, and it's turned out to be a difficult season.

The last 10-15 games I've been up front alone, and it is difficult working hard for the team. Looking at it that way, I've actually been pleased with the goal tally I've got.'

Credit was given to Paul Hart who Crouch says 'has done really well' in difficult circumstances.

At the moment publicly his thoughts are on next season, and he wants us to get the job done then move onto a new season afresh: 'it's time to get one more win, end the home campaign on a high and then start from scratch next season.'

My concerns are that the guy is not going to be here next season, and his starting from scratch will be elsewhere?

I have no doubt that Crouch would be happy to stay, well at least would have been without any doubt as little as 5-10 games ago, but his frustrations have evidently grown and playing the lone role is not for him - the more we make him do this the more frustrated he becomes, and the less effective he then looks.

What we have to also remember is we are going into a world cup season next time round and he will want to protect his place in the England side - playing in what could again be a struggling side should not mean he misses out, but playing in a struggling side as the lone man almost certainly would.

He signed a contract, so chances are he would honour it, afterall he had 'come back home', but I do not think we will be short of offers for him and these offers will not be turned down.

Peter Storrie, in one breath says he is 'hopeful' that he can find us a new owner but then admits in the other that 'big names' will have to go if we are not sold - that, for me, does not feel me with optimism... So, the England striker, along with his England team-mate Glen Johnson and Niko Kranjcar are the biggest names we have, so all will unfortunately most likely leave...

For me, and I still have this feeling we will announce this prior to our game on Monday 'should' results go our way tomorrow, if Hart is named as manager this is a clear indication that we are not actually very hopeful of anyone taking over in the summer, as if we were surely we would wait and be targeting someone else?


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 15 2009

Time: 10:50PM

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As Abbey falls asleep Peter lays back and ponders what's going to happen next year..

"How the hell am I gonna push for an England place when I play a lone role up front? Surely I need to be playing alongside an out and out goalscorer to show my worth.. Capello likes the big man small man routine,, and as the small man is obviously Rooney what chance have i got to show I can play that way if I stay at Pompey?.. It was OK when JD was at Fratton and I was even promised by Tony that with Nuge or Gekas it would come good .. but under Paul Hart what real hope have I got with his 45I system?.. and Uncle Peter has stated that he'll probably accept an offer for me if push .. I don't think I'm wanted .. maybe Tony Cascarino is right .. maybe I am the next replacement for Drogba"

.. suddenly Abbey snores. Peter gentle turns her over and whispers .. fancy moving Darling.. I hear Blackburn is nice this time of year or failing that how about living in London. They drift off togehter in slumber, dreaming of what the future might bring
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15/05/2009 23:58:00

Crouchy isnt going anywhere! and if he tries to, then we will have to lock him up in a 7ft box.
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16/05/2009 02:29:00

you have to have a bit of sympathy for him to be honest... we should have done so much better this season, and it has all fallen to peices!
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16/05/2009 08:46:00

it will be depressing if Crouchie goes, having only came back a year ago. The getting new owners gets more and more crucial - otherwise we will get a big money offer for the big guy and he will be on his way.
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16/05/2009 10:03:00

This crossed my mind a couple of weeks ago. He has been very unselfish. I wondr a lot of the other players don't think the same tho, they are all playing rubbish football.
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16/05/2009 11:17:00

how about no more 451 then. we need ... maybe no points on monday ... so lets experiment ... bring in gekas (if fit) or get the nugget up front! hope the crouchie doesnt go (again) otherwise we really are screwed up front!
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16/05/2009 13:23:00

We need to survive this season, just to give us all something to celebrate again, however I hold grave fears for next season, as I believe we will become the new Charlton. Please prove me wrong Pompey...
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16/05/2009 13:25:00

He be sold as another sacrafice to ease Sasha's money worries. Next year is the World Cup & Crouch wants to be there. Playing for a team that may well struggle next season won't help his cause.
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16/05/2009 13:31:00

I suppose he couldn't really sit on the Setanta sofa and say "Yes, we've had a great year, I have enjoyed struggling for survival and being made to look like a useless plonker by being played without support". I can't imagine Crouchy being an unreasonable geezer to be honest. The one thing that will help the Crouchie in England squad cause is playing for a team that plays him every week.
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16/05/2009 22:20:00


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