Date:Friday July 10 2009
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...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Friday July 10 2009
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