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Bare Bones!

Bare Bones!

'I am down to the bare bones' was an expression that we heard a former Pompey manager use all the time - even though this was nowhere near as down to the bare bones we are now, this really is bare bones!

What is it, 15 pro players, with experience, at the moment with a handful of 1st year pros to add to them, it does not get much more bare bones than that...

That said I maintain my thoughts that most of those released a players that needed to be released my concerns are though that I do feel this will get worse before it gets better, numbers wise anyway, as we 'probably' will still see one or two go - but we will start to increase the numbers shortly, we will need to.

I would also suggest that we will need more than the 5 or 6 that it is 'said' we will bring in. We will do this though; I do not doubt this :-) I would doubt the fact we could get by with as few as 5 or 6 players though!

Just imagine how nervously twitching this guy would be about now if he was still here, he would be twitching out of control - well in fact he would have twitched all the way out of the doors by now, had he not done this already at the first real signs of 'bare bones' appearing...


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Date:Friday July 17 2009
Time: 7:52AM

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Morning Rug, I've adopted a no further comment stance on the current Pompey situation as it only raises the blood pressure. For Pompey to have any chance of remaining in the Prem next year we will need around £40M of players which I do not see as going to happen. We'd need a mix of Prem experience and youth.
17/07/2009 08:05:00
Crouch to Fulham, Distin to Villa,and now I here that Madonna has been seen around Fratton Park trying to adopt one or two players - we are slowly bleeding to death. HELP!!!!!!!!!!
17/07/2009 08:11:00
im not giving in, we will stay up this season - survival must be the minimum aim, this is not what i was looking for it to be but i will take that for now and then we will build on this...building on last seasons survival were my expectations for this season tho, but thoughts change.
were at the 'bare bones' stage but this will improve.
17/07/2009 08:17:00
I have just looked back on the News link and got thouroughly depressed reading the comments of our supposed Pompey fans, wanting to get refunds on their season tickets and resigned to the fcat trhgat we are already going to be in the fizzy pop league next year. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, thats the great thing about our nation, but why such negativity??? We have lost two 1st teamers only at the moment and yes granted we will probably lose Crouch. The rest is just media s**t as always happens. If the deal falls through then I will be a little concerned, but if as I'm sure will happen it does go through, then lets just see who is brought in. A friend of mine knoiws Crouch and he doesn't want to go anywhere, especially to Sunderland, but he has been told he doesn't feature in Pompey's plans. OK thats fair enough so perhaps, maybe a top striker does and thats whtat we will find out next Friday. I will never stop supporting this club, so whatever league we are in I'll be there PUP.
17/07/2009 08:28:00
Rug, I agree if we set the standard at a relegation fight then we can only be happy if we do better than this. Thankfully now living up North it's impossible for me to make Pompey Home games due to business commitments, and bloody typical we are in the acquisition stage and my lawyer has been talking us undertaking Due Diligence on the purchase!!!!
17/07/2009 08:31:00
Sorry just looked back on my spelling, should have checked before I hit submit.
17/07/2009 08:35:00
Rug you are right, prem football next season is probably the short term goal, or even being in with a chance this January. But I still don't believe this man hasn't been in touch with some real expertise on the team level, we know he has talked to zahavi and joorbachin, they have openly admitted it
17/07/2009 08:36:00
I think Prem survival is the aim every year. Well it should be. To be at the top table again is a fantastic achievement. What we wouldn't have given for a season in the Prem when we were in administration not so long ago. I think that Pompey fans are at their best when there is some adversity to face. We are at our loudest and show some real spirit. The last few years have probably softened us up, and I'm not surprised by the News comments Blarmy. Crouch is on £70k / week. With such a small stadium (which we don't even fill each week, let's be honest) we can't really afford to pay players almost £4m / year. Maybe this is a good rebasing of expectations. Last season was a rude awakening for me, one in which I remembered that we are Pompey and not Man United! I just hope that if we are taken over that this guy doesn't gamble the club's future on a season of glory like Sasha did.
17/07/2009 08:45:00
I think the most annoying thing is that where facts are known then at least the club should let us know ie. if Hart is definately going to be the Manager, then come out and confirm that, or vice versa, if not say so. From not knowing the facts it does appear that Sasha is asset stripping the club to claw back his £30m personal loans, and that would seem to have some truth to it in, that £18m for Johnson and £12m for Crouch. But is Crouch not a Pompey asset and part of the deal?? If Pompey don't want him in their plans then I take the more optimistic view that we have a new manager lined up who has also got new players lined up. Roll on next Friday
17/07/2009 09:22:00
16 players and 3 of them are goalkeepers! So what have we got left GK: Begovic- Above Ashdown as number 2 GK now. Ashdown- Looking for 1st team action, may move on too this window James- has been strangely quiet since his Op Defenders: Crainie - England Under 21 and just not a premiership player Wilson - Up and coming younggster - needs time to prove himself at this level, not 1st team material yet. Distin - off to villa for £3M? Kaboul- with Distin we can at least have a solid central pairing. Hreirdarsson - we nearly lost him! Primus- Player - Ambassador - Team Spiritualist? Midfield Diop - was missed last season Basinas - deserves a chance - played well when allowed to! Mullins- Huffs and puffs but no inspiration to those around him Kranjcar - Last season for Pompey and he's off, Belhadj - Ok can defend as well ;-) just needs to keep his cool! Hughes -Born Survivor the number of contract he has had. Strikers Utaka - mostly Right midfield last when used, next player to Go? Nugent - works hard when not injured! Needs goals, and needs to play up front in a 4-4-2 What can be said, except ill be going to watch the local pre- season friendlies, and take a look at the trialists, Shall wear my replica kit just in case they need to bring a supporter on to make up the numbers;-) Seriously though, Pompey can still put out a team that wouldnt look much different from a starting 11 at the tail end of last season. There is core of players still, which can be built on. what we need is some star quality to replace the quality we have lost last year. We need a defender in every position, a left and right sided midfielder and 2 strikers thats 8 players, so the new administration needs to buy 6 new players and bribe 2 loanees to join us, for Pompey to have any chance of survival this season. that's a fact Mr SAF its no good have plans for the academy, new training ground, a revamped FP, if we are bottom of the table and then relegated, your BP will just go down the drain, I for one dont mind where we are in the table next season, as long as its not in a relegation position. so bringing in players that will ensure our stay in the PL is OK by me, and so far I for one am happy that our wage bill has been reduced, we have sent out a message, and the message is we have got our house in order, and can at last possibly turn a profit. I for 1 am sick of players astronomical wages, Sol Campbell was supposedly on 100K a week, I know a players career is short but he will have earnt my lifetimes income in 4 months, nothing short of obscene when you think of it. so dont anyone give me any crap over this oK, cos player wages make me bitter, I did some maths Sol Cambell wages accounted for 50% all gate receipts in a year. Now that he has gone sure we can reduce ticket prices by 50%, and the club will still be better off. ok fantasy I know, but ifr that was the costs of just 1 player, make you wonder about the total and how easily the club couldl afford to almost give away season tickets, one thig is for sure you would easily fill a 50,000 seater stadiun for every game if season ticket were reduced by 2/3 rds. Anyway going back to the main point above, i anm happy for thi sclub to finish 16th this season as long as :- 1. Tangible evidence that work on revampng the stadium and training ground and academy is visible, - take note Mr Storey, no more spin, we dont want spin from you anymore, we are sick of it. we dont want dreams, we want something real, something we can touch. 2. PFC need to control its own destiny , not finance institutions, we don't want to read the rubbish that the press report or the opposite spin from the club, to later find out what the press said was actually true! 3. Oh and lastly, I don't care which manager is in charge at the start of the season, as long as players are brought in to the club to play in the the natural position of the best skill level, I dont want to see a prima donna player played out of position just to give home a place in the team, i would rather see 10 average outfield players in their natural positions playing above average team football because they actually know how to play in the position they are playing in. Last season was the worst i have ever seen in 15 years of watching Pompey play, so if you have to sell more players because we are overloaded in one position, Do it, but lets have 22 players, 2 natural players in each position. thanks for listening~ Doggo
17/07/2009 09:45:00
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