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Why surprised and/or disappointed?

Why surprised and/or disappointed?

I am somewhat surprised, arguably a little disappointed, that Peter Storrie's thoughts that 'big money is not going to be spent this summer, ' well at least on playing staff, has been met with groans from some people I must admit!

For me 'not spending big' is not a bad thing - spending big, on the whole, in all manor of areas will see us reap the benefits in the end, and this is what I think we will do - and in fact this is what we have been told will happen.

Getting the whole structure of the club sorted out, and despite progress made in many areas others are still lagging way behind, so this will cost millions and spending money on this is something that Pompey desperately need to do - that, for me would be more important than spending £20m or whatever on a player...

Put it this way, top class footballers will not come to a club that does not even have the basics in place - ok, I know they have but we have to move more inline with the modern game to progress in the future and 'hopefully' Dr SAF can do this.

Then, and then think of it this way, when he does all being well, if/when we get these top players again in the future with that fact that we will have facilities in place that can and will generate revenue we will be able to afford to keep them, not have to sell them to make ends meet like we have...

All the time we are left behind the modern game we are not going to have the means to generate other revenue, so we will never be able to get anywhere near to be a 'commercially viable' option, getting the new training ground and redeveloping and maybe eventually leaving Fratton, incorporating all the bits that go with this, will mean money can be made in other ways and this will ultimately, in time, leave us in a position to not only buy these 'star names' but have the structure in place to keep them for the long-term - and then, again in time, all being well who knows where this could take us!

Yep, we need to bring in some players this summer that is obvious, but do we need to make £10m, £15m, £20m or so on signings?


If we do fantastic, but for me and in my thinking this is not essential and I have not been expecting this, so I would not be surprised or disappointed not to - and it surprises me that some people are, and in actual fact, do expect this to be the case.

The first signing we need is a manager, and a manager that can help us move forward. Then we bring in a few names and stabilise the club. I am sure that £20m could be more than enough to build on what 'should', even after departures, be a 'decent' squad to make us a more than able midtable side at least - this enables that stability, then we modernise PFC and continue this steady progress into what could one day be something really special...


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Date:Friday June 19 2009
Time: 7:50AM


Unfortunately the new due diligence rules have allowed the press to constantly report on any possible nugget for failure, regarding the deal. Now we seem as though we're in a bigger mess than before the takeover. We need a big name manager in to attract the players or we will struggle, regardless of how much money we have.
19/06/2009 08:06:00
Spot on Rug, totally agree! We need to get the foundations right and then start building on top of those. Players only play 90 minutes every two weeks at Fratton so the ground is not a priority for them im sure. They do their business at the training ground, so I would like to see that get the focus before new ground is built. Clearly we need a new Manager and some canny buying of players. Mind you if we lose the players that are being muted we won't even have 11 to start the first game at the moment. I expect we will get a foreign Manager and along with that will come the overseas players, but if there good I don't care. Anyway whoever wears the Blue shirt will get my support.
19/06/2009 08:14:00
Like a boat that has it's rudder tied up with string at the moment I'm afraid. Seems there will not be massive investment in the squad which depsite the fact we are losing 7 or 8 players would seem a mis judgement. To re-build the squad with enough players to sustain any kind of relegation fight next season would need £30M, to improve on that would need nearer £50M. The longer the DD takes the worse this will get as other players are unsure of the clubs direction and seek a more secure future going forward.
19/06/2009 08:34:00
I entirely agree, Rug, but a massive factor is the 'goings' which makes the 'comings' very hard to predict; sale players like Glen and Crouchie and also, out of contract players like, Sean and Sol.
19/06/2009 08:51:00
Some good points made there Rug which I think the majority of us would agree with. The club and it's facilities in all areas need upgrading/updating and brought into line with our status as an EPL club. That is vitally important for the club going forward. Dr SAF obviously made his move to buy after we had retained our Prem status, and some spending is going to have to take place to retain that. It's a no brainer. The timing of completion of the DD here is critical. I'm just getting a little puzzled/ bemused on how we are going to go about buying some players without a manager in place. And when he is in place the amount of time he's going to have to sort the team before the new season.
19/06/2009 08:54:00
I'm sure Dr SAF knows we need to buy some players - otherwise Rug'll have to get his boots on!
19/06/2009 18:48:00
Players back in training 6th is it or 9th July if we have a manager around then would be Ideal, he can make his own judgement on what we need. priority a ball player in the middle of the park who can score a few goals,sorry Rug just spent £30 million there on one player lol!!!
19/06/2009 19:04:00
30m will be no where near enough. We just scraped relegation with the team we had. Now we have already lost Sean Davis and Glen Johnson from that team. If we replace those two, we are only back where we were last season.
19/06/2009 22:15:00
PS: We will also have lost Jermaine Pennant and Armand Traore. But hey, lets look on the bright side, we still have Mullins!!!!
19/06/2009 22:17:00
At least nobody can argue that being a Pompey Fan doesn't get your nerves tingling...or should that be on edge???
20/06/2009 19:09:00
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