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Sol appears to have made up his mind?

Sol Campbell, now of course one of only two players out-of-contract that we want to keep, appears to have 'hinted' to sky sports news that his future does indeed lie away from Pompey?

The 34-year-old has often hit out at the way Pompey is run and at the poor 'organisation' of the club - to be fair in many ways he is right but he also has to remember exactly who we are, we are not a true giant like Arsenal - which is something he has done again, giving an 'indication' that his future is actually elsewhere: 'with Portsmouth they have to organise themselves and there's a lot of things happening there.

'I want to make the right choice. In the next two to three years I want to be in the right situation.

'The chairman, the manager and people like that, I like them to be really close together to move the club on. At the moment with Portsmouth it just seems there're a lot of things in the background.

'It may resolve itself, I don't know, but for me, as a player, I want to be in the right environment. For at least the next two years, the right environment to be successful.'

I have often said if Sol is 'happy in mind he is often happy full stop', if he is not mentally right - and happy with his surroundings - he has often gone badly off the boil in recent years...

To be fair he was a rock for us in the second half of last season and showed true professionalism, with quality showing through a fair amount too, but from the looks of things it appears that his time on the South Coast is up?

He says that: 'there's a few options out there. I'm out of contract and I'm going to listen to different offers.'

If he decides to stay, then I still think this is going to be a good thing for us, but if he goes so be it - he would leave with my thanks and best wishes.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 2 2009

Time: 8:38AM

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Indeed, it sounds as though "off to pastures new" is currently a favourite compared to stay. Spot on with your analysis of his mind and his comfort zone. If he is out of sorts mentally, he is almost a liability on the pitch.
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02/07/2009 08:56:00

Reading between the lines it certainly sounds like he's ###d off with the setup at PFC. This could be just another warning shot across the bows, but I've got a gut feeling it's a little more than that. What concerns me, is that if he goes it really will unsettle the team, there's a chance Distin will want out and where would it stop. Sol is still a big name in football and to really attract quality players we don't want him jumping ship, it gives all the wrong impressions.
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02/07/2009 09:09:00

I'm past worrying, Sol is a 34 year old player and each season looks more tired. Kaboul will replace him eventually any way. i dont care if the over rated Crouch goes either.WE have already let the very best go in Johnno and Diarra, and possibly Defoe.However, I really do want to keep Krunchie, and I think if we stick him in the middle and put Richie on the left we may be able to build and attractive midfield....I am worried that we will go down this year. Let Crouch go and bring in a tough ball holding heading striker like a Kevin davies-not KD but a younger player same mould. I think we should have gone for the ex AFCB player Sam Vokes before Wolves last year.
plymouth graham
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02/07/2009 09:11:00

Moaning that Pompey is not as well run as Arsenal is like saying Peugot are not as good as BMW.... A bit of a pointless comment. We love you Sol, but if you are not going to be happy, then we say thanks and good luck.
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02/07/2009 09:36:00

We are clearly in turmoil, but tell us something we don't know! I can see why he would want to jump ship. He doesn't really have many moves left and by staying he may confine himself to a relegation battle this year. But that said, from our point of view (and that's the one I care about most), although he is a big name, he isn't exactly Captain fantastic (bit too quiet on the pitch), demands a fortune in wages which would probably pay for 3 younger players (5m/year), is 34 and not getting any younger. I think if he goes it wouldn't be the end of the world, although I thank him for a lot. His moving to Pompey was the catalyst for moving into the big league - the first big name to take a chance that led to so many more following. Cheers Sol and good luck for what you do next.
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02/07/2009 10:28:00

Herman for captain next year!!!
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02/07/2009 10:36:00

Bye bye Sol, thanks for some magnificent memories!
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02/07/2009 11:22:00

there is an interview with him discussing this on skysports
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02/07/2009 11:44:00

I have to agree with most peoples comments. Yes Pompey are all over the shop at the minute, but surley he knows good times are coming? It sounds like he is ready to move on like he did with Spurs and Arsenal as we will not give him the wage he wants anymore.
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02/07/2009 12:57:00

We may not be the Gooners, but as a club we must aspire to reach that level. It's the Club itself that has to set high standards across the board and get the staff and players to try to achieve them. If you say things like you are a Peugot not a BMW then everyone will behave in a 2nd rate way, that won't get us anywhere. The Club Captain needs to help set standards not denigrate them. If Sol is going to stay he needs to have a positive outlook, and that starts with Saf. If thats not the case then he should go. And underying that if Saf can't convince him then I worry for what his objectives are, and what our future holds
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02/07/2009 14:00:00

mike 54..you speak sense i thinks...but i do feel this is about his wage demands. I reckon a figure has been offered and he is counting his options. he aint worth what weve been paying him any more....
plymouth graham
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02/07/2009 16:10:00

I think the point is not about us being a giant club it's about being run in a proffesional manner; even if we in the limbo league
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02/07/2009 17:10:00

Again, I feel obliged to just agree with everything PompeyTim says above. Too much money for too little result these days. He was great for us, and he is a big part of how we become a regular top flight club attracting quality players, but at the same time, we did quite a bit for him too. He deserves a big thank you, though, but I wouldn't have renewed him as a player at all. If he wanted Tony Adams' old job, I'd have bitten his hand off, but he wants to play and he needs a league with a lot less emphasis on pace for that. Oh, and I'll second Moley's recommendation on captain.
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02/07/2009 18:33:00

He seems to be keeping his options open, waiting to see who comes in for him, but with the possibility perhaps of staying if not. I'm disappointed with players who are feeling unsettled now about the club, without looking at the horizon and the promise that the new regime might bring - but what can you do. Sol is getting older and slower and is still expensive, I'd love it if he stayed, but if he prefers to go elsewhere then thank you and good luck, you'll always be part of Pompey history. We'll be singing it for many years yet: "When Sol went up to lift the FA Cup, we were there, we were there."
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02/07/2009 20:24:00

I do not mind if he left. Kaboul is a very capable replacement. We only need to get a back up (maybe Mokoena is decent enough) and keep Crouch and Krancjar.
Pompey Malta
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03/07/2009 00:24:00

having watched the interview i reckon its the length of contract, as he describes his decisions for the nest 2-3 years, and hes never gonna be given anything like that from us.....i would hope. that and of course the money reduction
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03/07/2009 06:54:00

oh and hes not daft, he likes his out of contract situations, its when he can get the most wages out of his next team.
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03/07/2009 06:59:00

Is it just me that cant see why a player is happy to take the money, but then when they leave have a need to fire a parting shot? Its so unproffesional for someone on a proffesional salary. It does NOT harm the club, it just tarnishes the relationship between that player and the fans, who dont need it.
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03/07/2009 10:07:00

I feel Sol has demeaned himself and us and that is a shame. Of course the club is in turmoil, we are in the middle of being taken over. He knows that and so does everybody else. If the deal he has been offered does not suit, then say so and have done with. His speech came at a critical time for the fans and just gave them more to worry about. I think he has been very disloyal. Don't want him back.
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04/07/2009 18:24:00

The jurno's twist words, time will tell. No point giving Sol a tough time he has the right to do what is best for him.
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09/07/2009 13:39:00


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