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No sympathy from me...

As has been my thinking in previous years when the African nations came around, I have no sympathy for us when we 'bemoan' the fact that we will be losing players in the New Year when the latest African nations tournament comes round...

We know all to well that when we sign African players they will invariably be jetting off to African every other year - whilst I still feel the scheduling of this tournament is wrong, and should not take place during a season, we know it will so you cannot have too much sympathy for us, and others, that will lose players!

Granted we pay their wages, but we cannot stop them from going can we...

So, Paul Hart telling The Star that this is something he 'highlighted' recently means little really: 'I brought it to people's notice a month ago, because it will take the spine out of the team and could be a difficult situation.

'I think Boateng wants to play for Ghana, so I couldn't stand in his way.'

In spite of this Hart says we will not be 'splashing out' on players: 'we have priorities for January if we do anything in the transfer market. But who is to say that January is a good time to buy players anyway? Historically it's not.

'I'm not so sure it is the best time, so it is not as simple as just getting a load of money and splashing it.

'Who is going to let their best players go in January, so what do you actually end up getting?'

In all honesty I am not expecting too much activity transfer wise in January anyway - we do need to bring in 2-3 players, but anyone thinking we will be spending much will 'probably' be disappointed.

'Potentially' losing Hassan Yebda, Nadir Belhadj, Aruna Dindane, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Kanu and John Utaka will be a setback, well, maybe not Utaka! But we knew the players that we had would be going, and the Africans we signed 'could' do the same as well

Our priority must be to get as much as we can from the players that we have now between now and the time they set off - keeping ourselves 'in touch' with those above us, or potentially above us, was always what we had to do.

We took a 'calculated risk' on these players, who - lets be honest - were players that others did not want, 'perhaps' even due to the fact they would be heading off in January, but this was something we had to do.

It was always a 'cross that bridge when we get to it' scenario for me, but we cannot start 'bemoaning' this loss now - it was always going to be a problem, lets just make sure we can look to minimise this as much as possible by getting as much as we can out of the next 2-months, this is what should be our focus, the rest will have to take care of itself, it will have to...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 10 2009

Time: 12:07PM

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I remember agreeing with you the last time the ACN came around and what happened... we hardly missed them and went on a good run which involved at least one FA Cup game.. and we all know what happened next... I wonder if history will repeat itself
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10/11/2009 13:00:00

I seem to remember our form in the league falling apart when the africans left, and never fully recovering. Although personaly, i attribute most of that to us selling benjani...
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10/11/2009 13:51:00

rug I used to say the same when Harry was always wingeing on about losing players to the ACN. The ACN will always take place at a time which is inconvenient to Europe - we must adjust our squads accordingly and live with it.
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10/11/2009 14:11:00

Guys, nobody has taken into consideration that: Dindanne haven't played for Ivory Coast for more than a year. Boateng was not an International player when he came, and if he had tp play was going to be for Germany. Yebda never played for Algeria before he came. So, these are three important players that all of a sudden found themselves part of the AC. In all honesty, no one really knew that these players will be playing such good football to either be recalled, be called or change their passport. So, I think that it is a bit fair if we argue about this year's AC.
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10/11/2009 14:47:00

I raised this on VP back in August; if a bod like me could see it why couldn't the club, it's just bowllox.
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10/11/2009 15:48:00

You makes ya bed - you lie in it !! Again - all our own fault Will probably be all over by then anyway!
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10/11/2009 18:19:00

The AC also affects a lot of other clubs as well. You lose players to the AC, you lose them to injuries, suspensions, cup-tied . . . You just have to deal with it. At the end of the day, I don't think our survival in this league, or not, will be down to the African Nations Cup.
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10/11/2009 20:08:00

By rights we should be able to get by without them. But that normally requires strength in depth, which to be honest I'm not sure that we have. There's sod all we can do about it except buy a load of non ANC players in January.....and that is not really feasible with our shallow pockets. Grin and bear it I think. By the way russel...is bowllox a posh way of saying *********....? Luv it!
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11/11/2009 11:35:00

Oh!....it looks like I've collected some stars.........
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