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Nothing new but dirt - unproven at that!

Nothing new but dirt - unproven at that!

Another day, and nothing new really - we have more on Sean Davis in The Express with it again 'said' that his intentions to leave Pompey will be fulfilled 'within the next few weeks,' seen as he is out of contract in a few weeks it does not take a genius to work that out!

It is commonly know that Davis has rejected a new offer put to him, so I think most of us expect him to leave and if this proves to be Bolton as is suggested so be it.

The guy will leave with my thanks and best wishes although, and to be fair I can understand why he would leave given past treatments of him perhaps, I am still a little disappointed as he has gone totally against his 'I want to stay but have not been offered anything, blah, blah' speech from back along, but hey ho...

And, as for the dirt, again nothing new really!

I suspect that most, if not all have seen The Sun, at least in the online format? I would not waste my money buying it any time, oppolgies to anyone that does like it but apart from the crap it often contains going back to the Hillsborough disaster and allegations the paper made at that time really put me off it, I would not use it to...well, you get the point!

Anyway, back to the 'Pompeygate' stories run today.

I will not go into great details to explain what is 'said', who it is 'said' about and so on, if you have not done so already, if you so wish you can read what they have to say about Sir Dave Richards from the premier league and his 'links' with our takeover and other issues here.

And the 'related article' about Peter Storrie and his 'misleading' The Sun - funny how we never see anything about The Sun misleading everyone else though! - here.

In a nutshell whatever dirt is being 'slung', this is not being slung at the club. The club is not being 'accused' of any wrong doing - it is just 'allegations' against a premier league official and 'claimed' figures in our takeover, along with of course our own chief exec...

We are used to dirt being slung towards our club and I often go straight to 'sources' that I have - as I have said several times, I do hate it when I see 'a source said', but I know a couple of people that I know and trust, so on the whole I know I can take what they tell me as 'fact'. I am told: 'other papers nearly ran this but they don't think that there is any evidence of wrong doing by the club.'

Also being told, as a kind of side issue really: 'most journo's want the deal to happen because it will bring news stories of a club which a lot of their older readership associate themselves with.'

So all in all this is a 'premier league story not really a Pompey one', basically dirt is not being dished on the club just those names mentioned within and the premier league. Either way there appears to be no proof backing up claims - show any of us this proof and then you will be believed is what I say, and if others felt their was an 'insufficient' amount to do so this seems to tell its own story...

The Pompey takeover is becoming a story in its own right so it was bound to have spin off after spin off, most of which would of course be 'negative' as bad news sells, or at least 'alledged' bad news! Put the words 'exclusive' in big capital letters and the media seem to think that everyone will instantly take this as 'gospel', when that is not actually the case in most cases! As always it is annoying that the Portsmouth Football Club name has to be listed in these latest 'murky allegation claims' but this is nothing to do with the club, there is no wrong doing at all.

Whilst I am at this I may as well include something else I was told, from that source again: 'some will keep trying to keep this story running until our takeover is done - and it will be done - and then a future story that is probably then going to be doing the rounds will be Pompey have no time left to put together a team for pre-season.'

So there you go, you heard it here first!

'Pompeygate', ptui - that is me spitting at the allegations of Shaun Custis and The Sun...


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Date:Saturday June 13 2009
Time: 10:29AM


after taking the time to delve into this more and then write this i now see the club have issued an offical statement now anyway!
13/06/2009 10:32:00
I dont mind davis going to be fair , yes he helped us survive and has been a key for us the last few seasons but i think its time to move him on and bring in someone young up coming talent.With our money what the doctor has he will give a chunk to bilic (hopefully) to spend so maybe we could see some good players coming in. They will be up for it too as the world cup is coming up soon so people will want to make an impression.
stfc ballboy
13/06/2009 10:36:00
Good point about the pre season team. Looking like Mullens and Huhges have packed suitcases for Portugal.
13/06/2009 11:10:00
How would we know what is going on. All I know is that I read earlier that Dr Saf said that he had backers and now when he has to disclose his backers, he is saying that it is all his own money. Storrie is also playing down things he said when the initial deal came to light. That said, I do realise how journos spin things to give themselves a good story, and all I can say is, I hope this DD doesn't take a day longer than it needs to.
13/06/2009 11:22:00
PS: It is going to be a right old scramble when things are signed to get ready for pre-season. Perhaps that is why they are informally sounding out the likes of Billic now.
13/06/2009 11:24:00
PPS: Not dooming and glooming but, is Storrie and Harry still on bail? That must be having some bearing on proceedings. although I thought I read somewhere that Harry was no longer on bail? But I'm not sure.
13/06/2009 11:27:00
all you need to know about this 'story' or 'exclusive' as it is put is it is a non-story, there is little or no evidence to back it up and it is shaun custis doing what shaun custis does... most papers are bad, some worse than others and the sun is most probably the worst of the lot - as today proves, if that was needed!
13/06/2009 11:31:00
Tell you what Rug, if you read the above, it sounds like a flipping soap opera!
13/06/2009 11:37:00
Personally if sites like this and many other fansites just ignored all this rubbish they would have to start being factual to sell papers/get readers. So IMO all these fansites reposting this crap makes it worse... Everybody knows the redtops are full of "sugar".
Play Up Pompey
13/06/2009 11:52:00
oh god... we'll be slaughtered in portugal! we SERIOUSLY need new midfielders... but... when does diop come back? I guess we could play a midfield of diop-basinas-kranjcar...
13/06/2009 11:55:00
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