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Don't do it David...

...or should that be don't do it Pompey!

As soon as news filtered through that Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes had been injured, as the twitchy one had just days before been speaking about his 'liking' for David James, the collective groan from all Pompey supporters could be heard.

My immediate thoughts, as I am sure was most others, were Jamie's Dad will be sniffing around more intently in the coming days, and sure enough - according to the papers anyway - he is doing exactly that...

Their version of events is that 'cash strapped Pompey' will look to cash-in on the £2m offered. My thinking is why?

Would £2m really going to make a lot of difference in the grand scheme of things!

James might be nearing 40, but he is still one of the top keepers in the game and losing him would be worth a lot more to us - quite simply we cannot afford to lose him as he is so important.

That is putting aside the thoughts that Asmir Begovic is not yet ready and if we think we can rely on a keeper in Antti Niemi who has not played in more than a year, having retired, we are crazy.

All this talk about James losing his England place if he stays at Pompey is rubbish!

If playing for Pompey had ever meant he could not play for England would this have been the case over the past 18-months or so?

Just because we will be facing another relegation battle this will not mean James will not be selected, as his own personal performances will be taken into account not ours, so it does not matter if that is with Pompey or Manyoo - if he performs, wherever this is, he will be in.

I just plead with Pompey not to sell James!

All this said, at the end of the day 'if' James decides that he does want to go then we have to let him, and as with any player that wants out I say get out - I just hope that he is not the one that decides he wants to go, and if not that the club stick to their 'we will not sell him' point of view...

Another, yet again, being 'linked' with the exit gates today is Sylvain Distin.

Yesterday the Pompey captain was apparently 'ready to complete' a move to Villa, who have been long-term suitors for the Frenchman... Today is it Everton who are 'ready to swoop' for him.

Again, assuming it is not Distin wanting to leave, we must again continue to fend off these advances as he is another we cannot afford to leave.

A definitive statement of intent from both players, stressing their commitment to the club would not go a miss, nor would another definite 'they are not for sale' from someone within in, then again would it actually mean anything...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 21 2009

Time: 7:37AM

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Until we have an official owner, we are in limbo, speculation will not got away until the hacks are satisfied we are completely depleted, if Jamo goes, we may as well flog the lot and stick the youth team out there and see if any are up to it, as the end result will be the same, the Championship
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21/08/2009 07:49:00

Anyone got Alain Perrin's number, i think we are in need of his sharp eye for a player and his squad building techniques. Flog James and Distin and buy McCann and Sh1ttu. Taxi for Mr Hart.
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21/08/2009 07:54:00

Both gone by the end of the Transfer window!
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21/08/2009 08:11:00

He's under contract; end of. Getting Hart out of that position might help
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21/08/2009 08:53:00

please no no no no .
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21/08/2009 09:02:00

Staying in the prem is worth MUCH more than 2 mill!
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21/08/2009 09:08:00

well...its been obvious to me all along..both will go. Footballers have inflated egos..its part of their conditioning, because even the lowest league player has been successfull..they've been the best in the school, they've been picked up by a pro club etc and the story goes on. They are then almost brain washed to be self motivated, so there is no way any player at PFC will stay in the current state we are in. The Papers hate us...because they hate coming to FP-slumming it, It's because we are not a glamourous club. As for PH...if he buys *Shittu after admitting he is rubbish...i will lose "faith" in him completely. It amazes me that there are good managers around who are out of work who would jump at managing a Premier Lg team.
plymouth graham
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21/08/2009 09:09:00

Can't see Spurs being in for James, to be honest. We have Cudicini to deputise and we have recalled our loan goalkeeper from Crewe for extra cover. Just more lazy journalism.
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21/08/2009 09:45:00

well ive got some NEWs of my own..... we will be playing in the championship next season.....
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21/08/2009 09:45:00

I have to say I agree with Othello; welcome by the way; HR needs other postionscovered more than a keeper. I would be surprised if he went
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21/08/2009 10:26:00

Cudicini is/was a top goalkeeper so it makes sense that he uses him. Also, James is guaranteed 1st team football at Pompey. However, Redknapp likes to buy his way out of problems and I don't think Redknapp fully trusts Gomes after some of his wacky behaviour earlier last season.
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21/08/2009 11:54:00

If Redknapp didn't fully trust Gomes, he would have dropped him in favour of Cudicini instead of keeping him as first choice all season.
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21/08/2009 12:19:00

And thanks, Russellm. I like to keep a keen interest on Pompey affairs as I lived there for 10 years or so and went to a few Pompey games. It's just a shame to see Pompey in the mess they are in.
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21/08/2009 12:20:00

I think Jamo will stay - he's level headed and I bet sees pompey as an ideal vehicle to moving into coaching. Having said that twitchy is lauding him in the press and saying how much he doesn't want him so might as well wave bye bye
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21/08/2009 13:28:00

If you look on Vital Spurs, most Spurs fans don't want Jamo. That said, things may change now that Gomes is injured. Personally, I don't think Jamo will go.
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21/08/2009 13:36:00

If we let Jamo go it will be the final nail in the relegation bound coffin.
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21/08/2009 14:42:00

Good article. I think that James and Distin are very important. James is playing well (forgetting that freak penalty) and Distin found a new solid partner in Wilson. However, Twitchy has his methods to get to his players, and although I feel James want to remain here, somewhere deep inside says that he will leave. Crouch always said that he wanted to stay, but, he left and to me, he has done a terrible mistake. Isn't it better to play up front on your own rather than sit with many others on the bench???
Pompey Malta
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21/08/2009 16:22:00

Completely agree Malta. Crouch will get a numb bum on that bench and Fabio will stop calling
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21/08/2009 17:02:00


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