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Did we (re)start this rumour?

As we all know Mark Viduka was 'heavily' linked - no fat joke puns intended, honest! - with Pompey last summer, but for better or worse no deal came about.

You will probably also remember that Chixy suggested a poll last week about the Aussie, which we voted on with the thoughts that NOT signing him was the right thing to do.

I find is 'strange' that The Metro today picks up on Viduka, running something about the 'former Leeds and Newcastle striker Mark Viduka is wanted by Portsmouth to score the goals which will lift them out of the Premier League relegation zone' - Pompey target Viduka while Arsenal move for Pavlyuchenko - Transfer Talk - here

I say strange, as our poll followed the thoughts that could his goals lift us out of the relegation zone - so, has our poll and the subsequent article on its findings, somehow offered ammunition to the 'reawakening' of this old rumour?

Is this further evidence that the vast majority of 'rumours' that papers actually do go with are nothing more than assumptions made from other peoples thoughts/things that are picked up by various means online?

It certainly seems funny that after months of nothing on this issue, when thoughts on Viduka returned to the public eye with musings on Vital Pompey, that 'rumours' about him suddenly resurface - hmmm...

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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 9 2009

Time: 11:40AM

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More lazy journalism. I think in slow news weeks journos just trawl the message boards and tribal football looking for stories. Take yesterday -rumors spread round the Pompey boards about the possibility of Administration. Some of the mails were based around an alleged e-mail. By today, this story had become a major 'scoop' for certain newspapers, without anything to substantiate the rumours except the alleged e-mail and claims of a Pompey source, who is just one of the regular posters on a certain message board.
yellowcheesemonkey
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09/12/2009 12:07:00

Oh no! what have I done ? - Pompey to sign Viduka and it's all my fault .. sorry fellas I only asked the question as a joke (although some of you fell hook line and sinker at my attempt to 'big him up'). Just goes to show as YCM says that the majority of journos sit on their big fat a's all day and look to us for inspiration (sic!).
Chix
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09/12/2009 12:29:00

Also.. let's not forget that on the space of two weeks last season eastneydave had three articles 're-published' virtually word for word on different news sites ... one site being 'The News'.. Still it's a compliment to Vital Pompey I think ;)
Chix
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09/12/2009 12:32:00

How could I forget Chix!! One was the details of how the UEFA cup draw would unfold, who we could play and where they were from. As to the Duke - no thanks.
eastneydave
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09/12/2009 12:54:00

-Yes, we Pompey Fans started the rumour... No sooner as it was reported that Storrie was off on a 2 week holiday to OZ, it was suggested by the banter on the News pages that one (unlikely) reason was to recruit this unfit 'has-been' (Viduka, who was good once).. Far more likely Storrie is on a 'deserved' holiday before he gets some bad news from either the new owners or the courts...
PompeyExile
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09/12/2009 13:27:00

According to the Telegraph... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/leagues/premierleague/portsmouth/6763886/Peter-Storrie-goes-abroad-to-plug-60m-hole-as-Portsmouth-deadline-looms.html This column can disclose that attempts to end the spiralling financial crisis at Fratton Park have resulted in the club opening talks on three continents, with chief executive Peter Storrie understood to be meeting potential investors in Hong Kong and Australia this week, while new owner Ali Al-Faraj seeks a solution from Saudi Arabia. Talks with UK financial institutions are also under way as the club battle to survive.
PompeyExile
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09/12/2009 13:45:00

We've got two so-called 'billionaires' in charge of the club so why the hell are they looking for finances elsewhere? PS has been conned all round because it was he who introduced both Doc.F and Ali.F to the club. It seems that he's not as clever as he thinks he is. For me there are too many F*****s in the club.
PFCblue
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09/12/2009 15:59:00

Too many 'forwards' PFC blue ?
Chix
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09/12/2009 16:41:00

PompeyExile, I saw that article today, I was going to put it up in the Forum. It strikes me as more or less truthful and explains where all Pompey's debt is. It isn't a pretty situation for sure. As for "billionaires" - ha! Apparently one of them's a doctor as well!
tracyc
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09/12/2009 17:50:00

Just shows that tabloids read anythink and try and make the readers believe it.
PompeyFcMad
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09/12/2009 19:08:00

Sorry to dissapoint you Tracyc, as I said on here a few months ago, the SAF is not a Dr. never has been never will be. He's a bit like Ian Paisley who really isn't a Rev. (got his title by buying it by post from some obscure religious group in America) SAF is not a Billionaire either. There's an old cliche' that no one con's, a Con man like a con man, thereby hangs our problem with PS. There is only one solution to PFC problems, get rid of him and all the Arab clowns. I have to say I think Pompey supporters have been very restrained so far, and personally I think it's time we started to take some action to get rid. The situation has gone beyond farcical and we can't carry on with these people, they are beyond useless. It strikes me that if the situation carries on we will just sink without trace.
Mike1954
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09/12/2009 19:21:00

I am astonished to hear that we still owe 60 million quid despite selling off nearly 80 million pounds worth of players.. We still owe Gaydamak 33 million and he still retains the land around Fratton Park as Al-Fahim failed to take up the option when he discontinued his 'false' ownership. I really would like to know where 140 million has gone!! Peter Storrie is accountable and I will never believe his judgement (new owners taking us to a level you wouldnt believe).. or his trustworthiness (court case).. We all should be prepared for the worst as we will surely not have any money to spend on players in January...more like a sell-off. Its about time we cleansed ourselves of all the jokers, clowns, liars from our club as the good name of Poompey has been destroyed by the outfit we have running the club. Oh for an owner who brings true 'love of Pompey' and brings the publics respect back to the club.....bit hard to imagine that one... no-one had sympathy for Leeds and other clubs destined for the lower reaches of the fizzy pop league when they departed the premiership. Finally, I must say that I am most disappointed that our ground, training facilities etc are still a joke after the years spent in the premiership..
PompeyExile
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10/12/2009 01:33:00

too old for me to be honest - past it
southportpompey
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10/12/2009 15:10:00

Maybe MArk Viduka should become Cheif Executive ...
Chix
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10/12/2009 19:18:00

 

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