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Crouch is 'available' are the 'latest reports'

Crouch is 'available' are the 'latest reports'

The Sunderland Echo this morning 'claimed' that Peter Crouch is now 'officially up for grabs' - here, not sure about the guy saying most fans would be 'happy' with this either - with his agent, Jonathan Barnett, being quoted as saying that 'Portsmouth have financial problems and I think every player is available'...

This is something that The News soon followed suit with - here, although they of course give a more 'diplomatic approach' to the apparent agent quotes.

What I do not understand is 'why' would Dr SAF be looking for Pompey to 'balance the books' further before he takes over? How would this befit him and his investment, let along Portsmouth Football Club?

With only 15 senior players on the books if we let anymore go then, and to replace with the quality needed, it is going to cost a hell of a lot!

So, for me, and I may be wrong 'if' Crouch has been 'made available' it is for one, or more, of the following reasons:

* He wants to leave, so we are allowing him to leave.

* The 'business first football second' approach is being taken and the wrong decisions being made for what is thought to be the right reasons, but are in fact the wrong reasons? 'Good business' reasons does not always make for 'good footballing' reasons do they.

or, and for me as is most likely 'if' we are even willing to accept offers...

* We already have targets lined up to replace the England international.

Crouch is completely committed, then he is off, then he is staying again and now he is off once more - and it has been his agent that has been doing most of the talking!

Who knows what will happen, all I know is until we hear anything 'official' - and official news is not something we are hearing much, if anything of - anything, no matter who has said what and how much they - myself included - believe it to be 'gospel' it is nothing more than 'rumour' and 'speculation' is it.

I have tried to get a line from the club on this, but have so far had no luck...


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Date:Friday July 10 2009
Time: 11:29AM


I can't believe we'd be stupid enough to cripple the squad even further before the takeover is guaranteed, so as much as this saddens me (I'm a big crouch fan) if its true that he's 'available' then it must be because takeover is nearly complete AND we already have replacement(s) lined up AND new manager doesnt fancy him.
10/07/2009 11:54:00
Rug, I think things are starting to become clearer. Dr SAF has probably made an offer to Sacha for the club which may or may not include the debts associated. As we understand Sascha has his own debts (around £30M) which he has been financing the club with. SAF will not pay these off and has probably given Sascha the chance to do this with the sale of a couple of players, Johnson and Crouch would almost certainly clear 90% of this debt.
10/07/2009 11:55:00
You migt be right bluedr, and alos the fact that Mancini who likes to play 4-5-1, has someone else in mind for the role, Henry or Gudjonson maybe??
10/07/2009 12:02:00
MIDGES VIEW LOL 2 ways of thinking from little brain today. Way 1 - We wont see Crouch as such a big name under the new owner and manager, as maybe Crouch does not feature in their top 25 players? Way 2 - This was a Sunderland Paper, known to want him, and picked up by Tribal and Eatsleep, both of which are crap sites only copying stories from others... What will be will be, but i suspect its all rubbish
10/07/2009 12:23:00
Everyone is having a panic over all of this again. I'm a firm believer that the takeover is very close to being completed and a new manager very much signed. Lets face it, Crouch had an ok season but is pretty one dimensional. If its Mancini as coach he plays a much more up tempo game that wouldn't suit Crouch...I don't want to see the guy go but he might not fit into the new coaches plans, simple as that.
10/07/2009 12:31:00
I think that Crouch wants to stay. But he needs assurance. Who wouldn't want that? I am sure that once SAF is owner of PFC, Crouch will remain still. If he doesn't want to remain at the club, nothing will motivate him to do so - neither the no-owner situation nor the-new-SAF-Pompey. If he wants to leave, then it is ok. We surely be having the money to replace him once the takeover goes through! Even if, I want him to stay.
Pompey Malta
10/07/2009 12:33:00
I agree Malta, there is no indication from Crouch that he wants to go but in reality he might feel he might be in the same situation as he was at Liverpool if high quality players as brought in so his agent is keeping his options open.
10/07/2009 12:36:00
I read the article on the News website and to be fair it doesn't say that a) Crouch wants to go or b) confirm that the club is selling. It is just his opinion and let's be fair, agents only make money when there is a transfer. I would just hold tight for now and see what next week brings. Doubt we'll see anything firm until end of next week, even though that seems a million miles away!
10/07/2009 12:57:00
All speculation as is always the case, but as tim says, its not Crouch himself saying anything its his agent. And as for being given time off, he was at training yesterday apparently. I wish someone like Meridien go down to the training ground and get a interview with him and get his views direct and not those of some crap comic journo
10/07/2009 13:20:00
Agent says 'Portsmouth have financial problems and I think every player is available'...He may think but I hope and think he is wrong.
10/07/2009 13:37:00
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