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Now get your head right James!

Peter Storrie appeared to spell it out fairly clearly, when talking to sky sports news last night, that it seems very much as if David James did want out - he did not manage this, so now it is up to him to get his head right and prove himself a worthy no.1 here again, as he sure as hell will not regain his England no.1 shirt if he sulks and moans up until January!

The impression given was that James, and his agent, very much had wanted out so it appears that all the paper talk of him wanting this was not rubbish, and in actual fact was true!

I am sure that had we had a straight up money offer he would have gone, but Spurs were only offering a 'player swap' deal involving Carlo Cudicini as the Spurs board told Jamie's Dad 'no' to a money offer, a word he does not like hearing very often...

James is 'said' to have 'no faith in the management' at the club, hence why he has suddenly wanted out.

I say you are paid, and paid very well, to do a job so just get on and do it - too many of these modern day prima-donnas only play when the going is good, when it suddenly becomes tough or the do not like their surroundings any longer they want to go, the working class fans - such as you and I - pay a fortune to watch them, so it is time that more of them started respecting this and just get on with what they are paid to do!

And in all fairness I feel we now have a bunch - on the whole - that will do this.

Respect is something that I have always had for James but I have lost a large amount of this recently... Respect, and trust, has to be earned so in my eyes he needs to regain this...

Asmir Begovic is currently in possession of the no.1 shirt at Fratton, now James should have to prove himself worthy of getting this back.

We say that we only want players playing for us that want to be here, if James is not one of these, as no one met our asking price, if he does not want to do this then he may well have shot himself in the foot as he 'could', although unlikely, spend the next 3-months or so warming the bench. Like I say, he will not though, but I think he needs to be doing a bit of thinking as he has really blotted his copybook...

Due to this lack of 'faith' he is said to think that his world cup chances will be 'ruined'. For me, the only person likely to ruin these chances is James himself!

Playing for Pompey has never been a problem before - if he needed 'superstar' players in front of him to look good then quite frankly Fabio Capello will not pick him, Capello picked him because he was the best. If he lets his mind wonder he will be far from the best.

So, James your own fate now rests in your own hands...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 2 2009

Time: 9:09AM

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Spot on Rug I could not have said it better myself mate - If james wants to play in the World Cup he needs to fight for his place as Pompey's No1 .. Of course he is better than Begovic (and probably always will be) but Asmir has done well and earned his chance .. Jamo needs to get the shirt back, play well and then retain the England jersey after that.. he leads his club up the table to safety and his country to World Cup glory.. and he is such a pro we all know he can and will do that. David pick yourself up, dust yourself down and get on with it.. Do not lose the love and respect of those that have loved and respected you for the past three/four years. Why would you want to play for Redknapp Rejects anyway !
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02/09/2009 09:18:00

Only David knows what goes on his head, but whatever we think he is still the best goalkeeper in the country and i am glad that he stayed.
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02/09/2009 09:37:00

Call me fickle, I've gone right off him. I thought that he at least, would have been loyal. Though why, to be honest, I couldn't tell you. Why would he be any different to any of the others?
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02/09/2009 09:46:00

He would have gone to Spurs and have to battle with Gomes and Cudicini for a starting role, that does not really make sense does it? At Pompey he should, if fit physically and mentally, always be our first choice
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02/09/2009 09:54:00

He's going to get plenty of games for Pompey so no worries there. He likes his clean sheets and maybe he's worried that it will relfect badly on him if we start to ship goals. Or maybe he thinks he will be better physically protected behind another clubs back 4. He's definately thinking about the World Cup but I think his head will be in the right place on match day. I'm very happy he's here, at least until Jan, and I don't care about the circumstances around that.
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02/09/2009 10:53:00

I can't be annoyed with James, he joined an up and coming team and has seen every player of note disappear. He has to look at the quality of the replacements and wonder if he will be given any protection. The club has chosen survival over ambition, granted it was through neccesity but to a player in the twilight of his career with one last chance at a world cup it must be worrying. Goalkeepers often carry the can for mistakes made elsewhere on the pitch, Yoshi Kawaguchi can tell you all about that. James is worried that if he's conceding goals because the players in front are letting him down that it will be seen by Capello as his fault. In all honesty if any of us played for a club we didn't support would we feel any less worried in his position? Wouldn't we be thinking about getting away? I know i probably would. James is a professional and i'm sure that he will come out fighting for his World Cup place.
Steve C
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02/09/2009 12:34:00

Well said rug, seemed Jamo threw the toys out the pram when no-one wanted to pay for him. Glad he stayed but he has to convince me his heart is still in the club on the pitch.
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02/09/2009 13:23:00

Gandor, I thought he was different to the others. I thought he was the only one whose word we could trust. He said he wanted to stay - he lied. He said he was right behind Hart as well, and backed him for the manager job, and now he's moaning about the management team. I'm very disappointed in him.
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02/09/2009 14:00:00

The other point is that we have been a 'crisis club' all summer, but now the takeover's gone through, we've made a few signings and we're ready to start battling - albeit 4 matches into the season. We're not a 'crisis club' now. But the press still call us one, and so do the players like James and Kranjcar who are falling over each other to get to the door. That's what keeps us being in crisis. So as Jamo is still here, he needs to sort his head out fast, and not keep us in 'crisis' mode.
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02/09/2009 14:02:00

I was quite shocked to hear Storrie speaking like he did. Not surprised by what Jamo is alleged to have done in trying to get out but Storrie saying something which was designed to embarrass Jamo - after all the man is staying. How is that meant to help the situation?
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02/09/2009 20:17:00

Owenspompey, Arry loves James, he would have made him number one immediately and then sell either Gomes or send Cudicini to work in a Coffee shop in London. No one wants Cudicini really. He has been a substitute for all his life!
Pompey Malta
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03/09/2009 02:03:00

James will play for England in the WC. I am really not sure how no one wanted o pay at least 2 to have him. Great that he is still here, I am not angry at him, he is concered about the lack of cover. The defence was poor against Arsenal, but he was at his best even if he conceded 4. That is what makes him the best goalkeeper. He was man of the match for me.
Pompey Malta
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03/09/2009 02:08:00

Jamo has been one of best signings this club has ever made. We all scratched our head at first & questioned the signing but thankfully, more often than not, he has been brilliant. When we were flying high, he was very instumental in that. Now we ain't & so he is entitled to question everything. I am very glad he is still here, because I would like to think it's suits the best interest of pompey, however whether it suits Jamo only time will tell. If he ain't happy then no one wins, except the club that takes him in January!!!
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