Date:Wednesday May 27 2009
There were some 'rumours' going around on Sunday that if Kanu featured it would be his 25th appearance of the season in total, which would then 'trigger' his contract clause enabling him to have a further season with Pompey, but I was not entirely sure if that would be the case, both appearance numbers wise or with the clause anyway?
Well, it appears that this is the case according to The News, and with what Kanu has said...
Although, and this is the bit that infuriates me with the guy, once again he again refuses to commit until he is ready and says he will not decide until after the world qualifiers with Nigeria in June and a holiday with his family. With him also saying that he has 'offers from France, Italy, Germany, Qatar, USA and Japan but it is likely I am going to be at Portsmouth next season.'
In all honesty in recent weeks I have come round to the idea more that keeping him 'could' be a good idea and something that will benefit us but have concerns about this apparent 'clause' being triggered as we openly admit that we need to reduce the wages and I would doubt this new contract activated by this clause also gives us the option to offer him reduced wages...
In some ways I can understand his thinking, he wants to know who will be in charge, although he is another backing the current management set-up, but this is not something new to us is it - we get this approach every summer from him!
So, no pussy footing around this summer, none of this 'getting out of pre-season' rubbish, no putting up with 'options of further clauses for another year' demands - 'take it or leave it' must be our approach this time round, assuming of course this is even the case as far as an automatic new deal goes?
The guy says he wants to stay, he was basically pleading to be allowed to stay last week - it should be pretty simple really, if he wants to stay and has earned his new deal then sign the poxy thing - if not thanks for everything but move on gracefully instead of dragging things out, if you want to stay somewhere so much should it really be that difficult a decision to make...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Wednesday May 27 2009
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