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It has gone down from 35,000-20,000

'Reports' on Tuesday were 'claiming' that Pompey were going to miss out on free agent Bolo Zenden after we failed to agree to wage demands of around £35,000 per week.

Which, 'if true', I thought was fair enough...

Although now The Mail is 'claiming' that he was only asking for £20,000 per week.

Which, for me - although of course this is still too much for any person to be paid to play football - was 'fairer', so if it is true that we refused to pay him that I am bitterly disappointed.

Of course what the papers say and what is actually true are often completely different things but the 'claims' are that his £1m a year contract was beyond SAF as he 'wants a strict pay structure', which I agree with but, as I say, I do not think that £20,000 for a player of his quality and experience was unreasonable - if that really is what he was asking... And if it was, and we have refused to pay 'as little' as that it would raise further questions. Although I would like to think that no deal is being struck as it was nearer the higher end of what he was 'said' to be asking, than the lower...

It is now said that the 33-year-old former Holland international will go and speak with Hull about a move to our relegation rivals.

The same paper also 'claims' that Henri Camara 'must undergo a two-day trial at Portsmouth in his bid to win a one-year deal.'


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 9 2009

Time: 7:22AM

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he was in my fantasy ream a few times back in the 1850's but he's probably too ols now.
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09/09/2009 07:31:00

Rug, I think the problem is that with 5,000 empty seats each week we can barely afford to pay 2,000 per week, let alone 20,000. Ultimately the fans get the club they deserve. If we get 16,000 or even 17,000 against Bolton then we really must see ourselves as a Championship club in the Prem.
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09/09/2009 07:37:00

Remember we still aren't taken over so weare still at risk. I think the club gets the fans they deserve; for the first time in years my bruv and I haven't bought season tickets; I've paid and not living in Pompey have travelled too much dross; I haven't had a problem getting a ticket for a game yet. I don't want to hear Hart or Storrie's weasely words, I want to see positive footy on the pitch! 2 day trial for HC seems right to me but yet another African
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09/09/2009 09:03:00

SAF should be able to meet 20,000p/w Correct me if im wrong but im pretty sure Niko was on something like 50,000p/w
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09/09/2009 09:24:00

pf94 - the old wage structure was unsustainable - probably the reason we let nico go for peanuts. the club want to keep a wage cap and thats fine by me. they need to crack on with the stadium now (this season is already over for us) regardless of whether we stay in the prem or not so at least then that cap can be increased.
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09/09/2009 11:42:00

Wages paid Net and Gross spring to mind, that would probably account for the different values being touted around. Most players now ask for the wages to be paid Net, i.e., this is the figure I want paid into my bank account every month after taxes, so if a player demands 20k a week, (Ignoring Personal allowance and pension plan payments and assuming 50% tax and 11% National insurance) then the club would need to pay him about 50k a week, obviously for Pompey this is a ridiculous figure to pay out for any player. So scaling down the figures if Pompey are looking at players for 20k a week Gross then that equates to take home pay of 8k a week. Which leads me to my last point, there is only one person onto a winner and thats Mr Inland revenue, who are creaming it in from the football clubs and bleeding them dry! Just think of it this way, Pompey wage bill was 90% of earning so about 60% of that was going straight to the chancellor 40% to the employees, and with the remaining 10% council taxes, business taxes and VAT have to be Paid, it's not difficult to see why the club financially got its fingers burnt.
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09/09/2009 13:19:00

Russell, I have to disagree. If you look at Man City when they regularly had 30,000+ in the 3rd tier it was only a matter of time for them to come back. As it will be for Leeds. If we get less than 20,000 each week then equally it will be matter of time before we check out of the Prem.
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09/09/2009 15:16:00

I think that we should have closed one eye for Zenden. he has massive experience and talent.
Pompey Malta
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09/09/2009 15:57:00


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