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Davis on why he is leaving/The Herminator

Davis seeking 'a fresh challenge'

So, Sean Davis is on his way - not really surprise is it as this has been on the cards for some time really...

Somewhat surprisingly though has been quoted by The News today as claiming that he has not spoken with Pompey since the final day of last season and has had a bit of a pop. But says his main reason for moving on is for a fresh challenge: 'I have not spoken to anyone from Portsmouth since I was sick on the last day of the season.

'To be honest, I have given up worrying about what Portsmouth say or do.

'I enjoyed my time there but it is time for a fresh challenge.'

Bolton and Blackburn, among others, have both been 'linked' but Bolton were the side that have been most strongly linked and are the side he is expected to join, although he says he is 'still undecided' on where he is going and 'will make a decision' when he is back from holiday at the end of June.

It is a shame to see Davis leaving but if he did not want to stay then that is his call - he kept saying that he wanted to stay but when apparently offered a new deal he decided against this, I can see both sides of things here and probably all-in-all it will be the best thing in the end for him to seek that 'fresh challenge' elsewhere...

Thanks for your efforts over the years Seany and best of luck for the future, well apart from when we face you and whoever your next club may be!

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The Herminator - I'll be back?

Peter Storrie revealed this week that The Herminator was one of those that has been offered a new deal.

Some have signed, whilst others, including him, continue to mull over what is on the table.

The same report from The News also contained some info on the 34-year-old with his agent, Olafur Gardarsson, seemingly paving the way for this deal to be accepted as remaining at Fratton does seem the preferred option - either way he expects a resolution very soon: 'we are in discussions at the moment, and we are hopeful they will be concluded one way or the other very soon.

'We would certainly like it sorted quickly, and I think that will be the case.

'Hermann is settled in the area and likes it at Portsmouth very much. He also has a strong relationship with the supporters, which is important to him.'

There has been no shortage of interest in the guy, with both Glasgow clubs, Celtic and Rangers linked with him and 'he also has many offers from clubs in the Championship, Premier League and also from teams in other countries.'

I know he is not getting any younger and I know he is getting slower but I still see the guy as being someone that would be fantastic to have around the club!

Although he is also someone that will want to play regularly next season and I have this feeling that a new manager might see things differently...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 20 2009

Time: 10:12AM

Your Comments

Taking Sean first. You've got to hand it to the bloke that when he played he never gave less than 100%. When he came in from Spurs he was one of those that dug us out of the mire in the Great Escape, and did the same again for us last season. Creative..no but gutsy yes. He lost his place in the side when we had the likes of Muntari, Diarra and Mendes in midfield but that was hardly surprising. The same will happen again if we can acquire another couple of talented/creative midfielders. So thanks for the part you played since joining us and good luck in the rest of your career. As for Herman, I'd be well pleased if he stayed on for at least another year. The guy has got presence on the pitch, and covers a lot of it too on aging legs. I know he's a bit suspect when he's up against pacy players, but overall he's solid, dependable and does a fine job. He doesn't take any prisoners which is fine by me. When he hangs up his boots he's always got his singing career to fall back on, so he'll never be short of a few bob....
cornypomp
I respect the way Sean has spoken out and said why he is leaving, not like some players, who just pack their bags and leave. Well done Sean, he was brilliant for us, gave 200% everygame. Good luck to him where ever he goes.
PompeyFcMad
like you guys said seany gave his all but as a midfielder, lacked getting those goals that you just need from the mid men though!
pompey--pessimist
every summer ive been happy for sean to go, then every season around september, october time ive been glad that he stayed - that said, in all honesty i would much rather he had gone than some others... good luck to him, but i can see him being in exactly the same positon is usually finds himself in every season, behind better players. without being unkind to the guy, i loved his commitment, but lets be honest he isnt as good as he was made to look last season - alongside mullins and hughesie i think i would have looked better than i was as i would have always given it everything, but know i lacked the real quality needed tbh... you will be missed tho, but if things go as we hope not as much as we might think at this point in time.
pompeyrug
Sean was never one of our best players (well perhaps tail end of last season he was) but I liked him because he worked hard. I'm confused though because the club said they offered him a deal earlier in the year and again just recently and he turned them down. Sean says differently. Is it that Sean didn't speak to anyone because the club spoke to his agent? In any case, I wish him well, and hope we replace him with some creative and talented midfielders. As for Hermann, I hope he stays but I also hope we sign a left-back who will give him a run for his money. Otherwise we could be looking at a completely new back 4!
tracyc
Good Luck to Davis, hardly a step up in his career you would think but must feel he is going to a better club. Next season will tell!
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