Date:Thursday October 15 2009
After I say this lot :-)
The whole build-up to the game with Spurs this weekend is taking on more and more or a 'media circus' approach as the days go on - the week started quietly enough but as it has gone on it seems everyman and his dog is 'hyping it up', although I guess to be fair 'under-hyping' could not really happen, could it?
Maybe some of what I have added might not have been needed, but I like to think that I have merely said - in balanced way, or maybe not - what I wanted to, I have not called for people to agree or disagree, just put forward my opinion.
But this media circles sees sky sports today talking to former Pompey manager Tony Pulis giving his opinion on it, saying he hopes Jamie's Dad gets a good reception - quite why he cares god only knows - as you will see in this video below...
Sky also saw fit, for some bizarre reason, to talk to Matt Etherington about this - using the 'flimsy link' that he would be facing his former side West Ham when Stoke play them this weekend...
The most bizarre of all was sky also talking to Norwich manager Paul Lambert about 'returning to previous clubs.'
The News has run a couple of articles where Jamie's Dad gives interviews, one Harry: I'll always love Pompey - here, where he says 'nutters and idiots shouting and screaming' who will have 'their followers who will do the same' will not tarnish the fact that he 'loves Portsmouth - and I always will. I'm not just saying that, I don't have to, it's how I honestly feel.'
Had he not seen 'what was going to happen here' he said that he would have 'stayed forever. But nothing is forever in football, that's the industry we are in.'
Another was Harry: Gaydamak to blame for Pompey's downfall - here, where quite obviously he puts the blame of what happened at the door of Sacha: 'I left the club because Sacha Gaydamak was looking to sell it. What's happened since is down to him, unfortunately.'
He says, and I would say he is right, Sacha - despite liking the guy personally - was not a football man so this was always destined for failure. He also says that the decision to go to Spurs was such a 'tough one' that he 'changed his mind' on before finally finding out we 'sold him' for £5m: 'do you know what, I actually got 300 yards from Daniel Levy's house on the Saturday and I turned back. I'd changed my mind.
'I spoke to Peter about it and he explained the situation with the owner and about the level of compensation. It was £5m and the club needed it. That was £5m which went on paying bills.
'Of course moving to Spurs tempted me, getting Pompey that compensation wasn't purely the reason why I went. But you don't want to think what would have happened if Spurs hadn't paid it.'
To be honest I believe elements of what he says, in both interviews, but then again I always did and he seems to be a master of spin with the media so who knows what is what as it seems that a lot of it was said was spat back in our faces? Although maybe not, I guess that is for the individual to decide...
I have tried to play things down as much as I could, I have said what I wanted to say this week - the sky handling of things today has been ludicrous with who the are speaking to for 'opinions on this' but The News articles make for 'interesting' reading, like I say it is down to those reading to decide what they want.
All in all though this weekend really will bring closure to this whole chapter for me, and I will be glad, it is finally time, once and fall all for everyone to move on, and I feel this will happen after the weekend.
Yet again I will say that I am going to be supporting my team, I will not be anti-supporting but I just really want to get on with it now and get this game played, a game from a playing point of view that seems to be getting overlooked, but for me the outcome on the pitch is what I am now most awaiting, and awaiting in a positive light I hope...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Thursday October 15 2009
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