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Can we just get on with it now?

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!


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Date:Thursday October 15 2009

Time: 3:14PM

Your Comments

I read these articles and he's almost winning me over. Once we get this match out of the way we can perhaps get some closure and move on, and accept Harry a bit more next time, but his first return is always going to be emotional. Like you say, lets just get on with the game, and get behind the team.
tracyc
Sky, along with all the media, have to fill space and Pompey at the moment are easy targets. The interviewees get paid a fee so why shouldn't they be happy to have their say? rug this is just a part of life don't get upset about it. We know where we are and what we have to do so let's just concentrate on that. You now know how 'celebrities' feel when the media hounds them just to get a story. I say 'amen' to your last two paragraphs and really hope Pompey give the press something positive to write about.
PFCblue
I can understand why you would be anti-supporting this weekend, but it could be worse. What if he told everyone that he was going to extend his contract at the end of it, and then went for free to your fiercest rival? (btw, what is your biggest game of the year at Fratton Park? Who do you want to beat the most?) Very good written article, I too hope the game will be the higlight, not the off-pitch stories. May the best team win, and good luck :)
NorwaySpurs
Lets just consentrate on the game, forget harry and all the media s*!t.
PompeyFcMad
Forget Jamies dad -think we should give it lots of 'Alan Balls Blue and White Army' in tribute to a man who really stuck with us through the drakest hours of the pre milan era.
yellowcheesemonkey
Norwayspurs - he already did that before he came back and then went to you - surely you knew that? But lets forget it and get behind the team. Oh the answer to your question is this match.
tracyc
yellow.. I was thinking exactly the same and nearly wrote it up in last weeks Toast. What Jamie's dad is saying shoiuld have been said BEFORE he left and then most fans would have understood it. A whole year later the affair has festered too long and it is too late to heal it with mere words.
eastneydave
the funny thing is it really would surprise me if gaydermak really had sold him anymore, specially after what we've found out about him since but i guess we'll never really know will we...
pompeym@
Voldermort returns... The sooner it happens the better ... Bring on the game.. it'll probably be a boring 0-0 draw after all this attention .. but hey ...... I'D SETTLE FOR THAT !!
Chix
Lets just show him how special we are Sat by getting behind our team and being the the twelfth man. Play up Pompey!
race
I'll be supporting the Blues all the way, away players on my wing will get my usual sarcastic comments throughout the game - and if that happens to be k*****jer, slouch or the-foe then so be it! Play up Pompey - PAUL HARTS BLUE & WHITE ARMY
BarneyArmy
I must agree as well that I am warming to HR at the moment. I have read all articles about HR, SAF, SG and since a year ago when HR left no one could have predicted that Pompey would be in this position. Personally I feel that the jigsaw pieces have finally fitted into place and the story of the whole affair is now out in the open for all to read. Through all of this I have to say that HR was a very good manager for us he gave us the best seasons at FP in a long long time. 80% of me is for him for giving us these good times and 20% against for leaving again. PUP
royalbluepompey
Yes great Manager for us, and that cannot be taken away from the man. BUT, it's his behaviour during and after each event that has tarnished his persona with me !! He didn't need to say some of the things he did, and his timing, as ever was awful !! So, as I've said before, we owe him nothing as he was handsomely paid, and as was revealed lately handsomely bonused for each profitable transfer. Thanks Harry, now lets move on....PUP
BarneyArmy
 

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