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The summer of truth...

The summer of truth...

Since January, well probably before, these 'fire sale' thoughts have raged... to a degree that has not been the case, that said players have been sold off in dribs and drabs! Should, as expected, others go the same way this summer - be that players being released/sold - then all in all we would have had a fire sale spread over a period of time...

I am becoming more and more disillusioned with football in general as it is, so this summer is going to make or break my trust in Portsmouth Football Club methinks - and this thread of trust is wafer thin as it is!

We are told 'we have situations in hand and players will stay', but then get fed contradictory information and wonder why the papers reel off 'story after story' about us, to be fair, even if only a little bit, 'Storrie' offers them plenty of ammunition to use...

One day we say 'we do not need to sell players this summer', then the very next we 'confess' that 'players might need to be sold', those 'revelations' then lead to a media frenzy of '
'Pompey admit they will sell this summer' stories to which we counter with the 'there will be no fire sale and all this talk is rubbish' spiel..., well, sorry but we do feed much of this info so which is it?

Can we, or can we not afford to keep players?

In all honesty I do not think that we, as things currently stand, realistically need big neon signs to point to 'no chance' do we! There are millions in the game yet ours seem to have been spent ludicrously - as my mate Ken says all in all we have seen a total 'miss management of Pompey.' Far too much money has been dished out to very Tom, Dick and Harry, the fact that senior figures at boardroom level are picking up some £2m plus per year, oops, sorry that was a mistake as it is 'only' around £1m - which still makes them one of the top 5 paid executives in the country! - seems to spell it out, maybe we need to make some 'cut backs' financially to help 'balance the books' in these areas too...

The arrival of Aaron Mokoena, with the greatest of respect, does not fill me with optimism of what is ahead - this seems to clearly suggest that Paul Hart is getting the job, and what route he is taking, as who else would authorised us bringing him in?

Why give a guy a 3-year contract - although we are remaining tight lipped on this not 'officially' confirming anything - that a 'new manager' might not want? I do not have faith in Hart's ability to manage us long-term and do not think he will last that long to be honest! All that said I will of course back him 'when' he is confirmed.

Like I say we are approaching a 'make or break' summer for me - of course my support will go on regardless as I supported us 'when we were s**t(er)', long before dreams of cup glory, long before premier league football and a star studded international squad - even having an international for any nation, at any level, was a 'big thing', so I will support us long still but I think it is time that we were stopped being treated like mugs and fleeced for all we can be and were treated with some honesty and respect.

If players are going be honest to us, and them. I can accept technically inferior players, in many ways that is probably how it should have been all along for us, generally these types of player are far more committed to the job in hand and this can go a long way!

I guess a lot depends on us being sold or not, but even so I am not really expecting anything less than 'star player' departures this summer, some I would walk to the gates in all honesty, others I would try to padlock in if I could.

Do not let us down Pompey, treat us with the honesty and respect that we deserve - we plough so much into this club - mentally, physically and financially - if we are to revert to 'little Portsmouth' again, so be it, but just be up front with us and admit as much! It is likely be a painful summer anyway with the final members of a team that took some years to assemble is finished being dismantled in a 12-month period but at least we will know what to expect and will be fully prepared for this, we will not be left to cling to hopes that you give us, which are then followed with actions which totally go against them.

Loyalty, respect and honesty should work both ways - sadly this is not always the case is it, just give us this back, that is all I ask...


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Date:Monday May 25 2009
Time: 2:04PM


Rug, as an excile who doesn't get to see Pompey live very often I totally agree with you. Anybody committed to buying a season ticket for next season must be wondering whether they are in for a long campaign. Lets be honest here, Paul Hart has not saved Pompey this season, the teams around Pompey who didn't have the fight have saved Pompey.
25/05/2009 17:09:00
I am that person who bought their ticket for next season a few weeks back now. At half time during Sunderland game I was honestly thinking a) thank God I get some eight weeks off from watching this crap and b) in that case why did I buy a season ticket. HOWEVER, an hour later, still cheering for Linvoy, the realisation is that watching Pompey is something that I just have to do. I went years without going to live football after getting badly scared in several crowd crushes around the time of Hillsborough but the sense of feeling left out when Pompey won the cup last year felt so wrong to me, I decided to give it another go. This season wasn't pretty and it wasn't always comfortable but for me, going to see Pompey is what I need to do to feel completely myself, and have only realised that after years away. Yes, I'd like to see players of the stature of Diarra week after week but a man in a Pompey shirt is a man in a Pompey shirt. I was born and brought up in Portsmouth and for the rest of my days I will pay money to see eleven men in Pompey shirts at Fratton park (or whatever their stadium may get called)
25/05/2009 18:40:00
With you on this one Rug, I haven't yet renewed, I will, but have to wait until next month as I want to drop down into the family section, but I'm hardly filled with enthusiasm right now, its more habit making me go than enjoyment, still, a quick change up top and maybe we can get excited again!
25/05/2009 19:33:00
Hubby told me last week to get two season tickets again and he will come to some matches with me but not all. Funny, I just can't work up the enthusiasm to go and get them. No, its not that I am a jcl and have been waiting to see if we stay up - I couldn't tell premier football from Championship football anyway. A lot of what Rug says above (and more) has been on my mind since I first started following Pompey. I love the fans, this site, the anticpation of going to the stadium on a Saturday, the fun and the wit, and feeling part of everything. What I can't stand is the crap we are fed and the contempt I feel we are held in, not only by the hierarchy, but also by some of the players. I know I will put myself in "automatic" and go and get my tickets this week, but the excitement has gone (just as paultsmouth says).
25/05/2009 23:19:00
I fell out of love with football years ago, too many reasons to go into here, but coming to Fratton Park again and meeting up with 'proper' football fans again has made it all worthwhile. I was brought up with seventies first and occasionally, fourth division football, that sort of enjoyment has returned to me now. The crap we see is still 'our' crap and we reserve the right to criticise but this is football, ignore the money and all the ulterior motives, it's still the game we love and the team we love come hell or high water. You can't be a football fan unless you experience all the emotions. We are not glory hunters we come because maybe, just maybe we will see something special, we will be part of something special (AC Milan) or because we are just plain nuts. This season's over, there's always next season.
26/05/2009 01:59:00
I think Rugs artucle captures something from most if not all of us; seems to me the Wigan performance dreadfull as it was is symptomatic of Hart's management, it cost my £175 ticket and travel and with the credit crunch biting combined with mostly dross football means I shan't buy just yet; if at all.
26/05/2009 08:37:00
I still have faith.Pompey til I die
27/05/2009 13:50:00
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