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Arsenal is the role model

Arsenal is the role model

'Arsenal is the club model that Pompey should look to copy', not my vote, yours - although these findings from Barefoot Pompey's poll are thoughts that I agree with to be honest...

Unlike so many clubs these days Arsenal are not spending millions upon millions, by that I mean £15-£20m or so on a couple, or a few players every transfer window - do not get me wrong Arsenal have been known to 'splash the cash' but not to the extent some of the other 'top clubs' do.

They have a fantastic conveyor belt of talent that just keeps on producing, and to be fair Arsene Wenger gives 'the cream of the crop' a chance - is this not something to try and emulate?

I know I would be happy to see Pompey constantly churning out youngsters!

So, why not aim for this...

We do not want to be a 'selling club', but lets be realistic, sometimes you need to sell to grow! Occasionally if we could produce a real gem them we will probably have little option but to do so, we could then put a percentage of this back into the development fund and start over.

Of course this takes time and effort, but I hope this is time, effort and money we WILL invest.

Whilst the chances of having a conveyor belt like they do, and 'Arsenal good' and 'Pompey good' are different things, just think of the money we could save in transfer fees - not to mention those poxy agent fees - if we can produce our own players, also look at the money we 'might' generate at times.

In terms of doing things that way, I think we could do much worse than model ourselves on Arsenal

Although it terms of Ashburton Grove, which is a nice stadium, I am not sure I would want us to have a similar one for us (if we ever see this move or development) to play in as it does not seem to generate a very good atmosphere, unless that is just because some of prawn sarnies within it...

  • What the poll asked - Which Club Model should Pompey copy?

  • How you voted - Arsenal 57%, Everton 32%, Man City 8%, Chelsea 3%

    Before we move on what are your thoughts on what the last poll concluded? You know what to do, thoughts below please guys...


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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Wednesday November 18 2009
    Time: 8:00AM


    I voted for Chelsea....Because at the moment we need a Fairy GodFather to throw untold millions at it, and turn us around in 6 months. Pipe dreams are all very good, trouble is we haven't got years to put down a blue print. It ain't gonna happen anyway...Right now I'd take anybody else's Club model than our embarrassing shambles of a set up
    18/11/2009 08:46:00
    EVERTON AND VILLA ARE ALSO WELL RUN CLUBS. but i think arsenal are the only club in the leauge which dont run at a loss.
    18/11/2009 10:25:00
    I voted for Everton. A little easier to associate with Pompey, but unlike Pompey....well run. We could do worse than take a few leaves out of their book. a position of being well run and not making a loss!!! Not with the motley crew of present incumbents.. Penton where's that Fairy Godfather?
    18/11/2009 10:52:00
    Ahhh to dream & be something like Arsenal. We have been called little Arsenal in the past, due to having quite a few ex-players. The Arsenal retirement club was also a funny slant on things. Realistically, we are light years away from them & the Everton's & Villa's of this league would be the next step up.
    18/11/2009 10:58:00
    Oh to be like arsenal... I think we should start by having a 60 000 seater, state of the art stadium with a lot of corperate capacity that we fill every week despite charging massive prices. We then need the best manager in the premiership to take over, having a global scouting network, combined with greater apeal, so all the best talent wants to come to us rather than elsewhere... I think that is a good model to follow...
    18/11/2009 13:10:00
    As well as Arsenal running on a stable platform financially, they have had Mr Wenger.
    18/11/2009 13:10:00
    ...although completly impossible. If we want to live like arsenal, we'll be living in the championship. Our fan base can't support a large stadium, we can't attract the best young players, and whilst Paul hart doesn't seem a bad manager... he's simply not in the same league as wenger. not even close.
    18/11/2009 13:12:00
    Have you folks no idea of the debt Arsenal have and the loan repayments for the stadium? Ok if they remain in the CL but could be tears before bedtime if they drop out of the top four!?
    The Fear
    18/11/2009 14:22:00
    I didn't vote on this because I felt I didn't know enough about how other clubs are run. Just wish Pompey wasn't such a shambles in that department. Rug makes some good points, although the points about the atmosphere at The Emirates are also valid, and I wouldn't want FP to go like that. Also we would never fill 60,000 and having a third-full stadium would be disastrous. As for the loans for the stadium, its all relative. A loan isn't a problem if you can live within your means and make the payments. And I think Arsenal can? Wheras Pompey . . .
    18/11/2009 20:27:00
    Dare I say it? What about Spurs? They make a profit each year. They are building a new stadium and their Board of Directors have taken a 30% pay cut this year to help fund it. They are also not paying dividends. I know they don't have a good reputation for keeping their Managers and their players certainly seem to flourish once they have left Whitehart Lane, but thats just nuts and bolts once you have the financials in place. And of course, you would disregard their fans. (So its just their financial strategy we would want, really....)
    19/11/2009 07:23:00
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