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Lens on Dindane/Storrie on 'situation'/Nugent

Lens on Dindane/Storrie on 'situation'/Nugent

I know this came about yesterday, on the whole, but travelling from pillar to post has not been easy for me to get any t'internet time - so here goes a 'catch up'...

Lens 'threaten' to recall Dindane

Aruna Dindane's loan with Pompey 'could' be cut short according to some recent 'reports'.

Lens were 'said' to have started legal proceedings over our going back on an 'apparent' deal to sign him for €4m if he played so many games, and other issues, this was of course denied, although now Lens president Gervais Martel is now saying that if we do not pay they want the player back...

Well basically, and almost in as many words, he said we should be forced to pack in and he would want it!

In many ways there is part of me that says take him back, in others we have 'occasionally' seen that he can be a quality player.

In either case he is away for the African nations for a while, so we will be without him for January anyway, at least. It is also 'claimed' that Monaco might want him - I would guess a few would say 'let them have him!'

I think that one thing is CERTAIN Lens WIL NOT deal with us again anytime soon, then again which club would now, even if we could...


Storrie fights Ali Al Faraj's corner again...

Peter Storrie continues to 'insist' that the shambles at Pompey is 'under control' and is not as bad as some might have you believe in the media - hmmm...

Storrie, talking to the media, said that matters that the club would have rather dealt with in private are all too often being broadcast in public, with many 'wayward' of the truth - 'truth' is not something I associate much of with many people within this club, and within many parts of the media anymore to be honest! Anyway, he said this: 'off the field, the financial issues of the club have been prominent in the media once again.

'While we would prefer to keep this in-house and deal with the situation, third parties are ensuring that certain issues are played out in public.

'The majority of the reports are ill-informed, but such is the confidential nature of finance that we are not at liberty to put the record straight all of the time.'

'Where's all our money gone?'
'Sack the board'
'You're not fit to run a club'

These were just some of the chants at Fratton on Wednesday, Storrie feels this is somewhat unfair as Al Faraj and his people are doing 'all they can' to sort things out: 'it has been a very difficult year, but one thing you must believe is that Ali Al Faraj and his associates are doing their very best to refinance the club so we can once again operate the business as we all want to.

'At Ali's request I have also been in discussions regarding further investment with various parties, and these are ongoing.

'The priority, of course, is to get the transfer ban lifted - especially with four of our players away at the African Nations Cup.'

He still thinks that we can, and will, stay up though.

To be honest I think the thing that we must ALL remember is these guys, well the 'new owners' anyway, are not the ones that got us into this mess their major fault is on the face of it is does not look like they can get us out of it - so, with that in mind you think WHY did you bother?

I almost give up now and do not know what to believe, those within your club are meant to be the ones that you do trust but I find it increasingly difficult to do this - so I will leave it you to make up you own mind on this...


Burnley WILL NOT sign Nugent permanently

Burnley have made it clear, time and time again, that they want to keep Dave Nugent - although they have now admitted that they WILL NOT buy him, well not at this stage anyway.

We are almost in a no win situation, it is pretty obvious that the is not wanted at Pompey, he does not want Pompey and nor can we afford to keep him but can we afford to let him stay with a possible relegation rival ONLY on loan?

Put it this way we 'might' let a team that could well stay up at our expense 'borrow' one of our own players to help send us down - do we REALLY want to give them that much help!

Cutting off your nose to spite your face perhaps, but if we are 'paying' most of his wages but they will not buy him maybe we should recall him to either force their hand or get someone else in for him? Either way his loan runs until January 22nd I think?

So ladies and gentleman welcome to 2010 - A HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all, share your thoughts on the above below...


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Date:Friday January 1 2010
Time: 9:44AM


i agree with this article and your sentiments completely Rug. I am shocked that Lens are saying they want our club wound up - never mind the proud history and passion of the supporters, who have done nothing to cause this situation, we owe them money so our proud club should die? Is it every club with money worries or just one that dares to shortchange them? And is that what they think football is about, money? Shall we apply the same philosophy to third world poverty as well? If this is solved by sending Dindane back, then so be it. As for Nugent, I'm a bit flummoxed as well, we've had all these noises about them wanting to keep him, and now they're saying no. Bring him back to help cover the shortage of players during the African Nations Cup!
01/01/2010 09:52:00
yeah agreed, bring him back for back up. dont rate him at all but we need the numbers and i think burnley are playing a game here. surely they can afford £2 mill! £3mill tops, who are they trying to kid?
01/01/2010 10:01:00
Well either Storrie is incredibly naive and can't see it from the fans point of view, or he is planning to take us down the toilet like all of the other clubs he's been involved in. Cheers Pete for bringing in a group of people that could take us places.
01/01/2010 10:26:00
hell lets give burlney nugent, it a) decreases our wage bill and b) will probably put them down cause he's never gonna score enough goals :D as for the rest i think it's been talked to death now so, que sara sara is what i say
01/01/2010 12:57:00
Still hold some of the blame for this mess with Storrie, he was instrumental in some of the signings which have contributed to the current situation so anything he says is flawed. TBH very bored with it all now and can see a January asset strip before Pompey are placed or forced into administration. The Premier League are also very much to blame for letting two bands of self promoting charlatans come anywhere near the club. All fans should be asking questions of the PL.
01/01/2010 13:46:00
lets make it happen i say. strip the club till its to its bare bones (and yes regretablly selling ALL our youth talent). get the owners out. get some owners who a) live in this country for at least 11 months of the year b) understand the footballing BUSINESS c) are not JUST interested in the development of the ground/stadium d) have cash reserves or access to additional funds easily and are savvy enough to create GOOD deals with banks/loans (e.g. not 60% interest!!) e) communicate with fans and tell us what we need to know (Al Mirage) and DONT tell us what we shouldnt (SAF)! then id like to concentrate on building a new stadium/ revamping fratton (even by 5-10k seats for now) otherwise we will never survive the premiership. we need the income. its simple business sense. but lets get a good mixture of youth and experience with determination in a new team capable of making it in the championship (getting relegated to div1 would be too much of a backward step). this COULD happen. but of course this is pompey, and we hate the norm!! happy new years guys!!
01/01/2010 14:01:00
'under control' - That will explain why the transfer embargo has been lifted then.... :/ Send Dindane back. I hope Nugent comes back and get's some play time under Grant. Will be like a new signing.. Kind of.. Well compared to the **** we have at the moment.
01/01/2010 14:06:00
Lets be honest, going into Administration for Pompey would be a disaster. Relegation for sure and loss of players.. Far worse of course would be for all the current idiots fleecing fans and lining pockets at the club to lose all of their investments so far, this would mean Gaydamack, Al Fahim, Al Faraj, Storrie and everyone else taking a massive hit in the pocket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
01/01/2010 14:31:00
bluedr our situation has gone beyond Premiership survival, it's about survival as a club full stop.
01/01/2010 15:09:00
Oh Milan why did you sell us to someone who could take the club forward? I much preferred where we were under you to where we are now. I would happily give up our FA cup win for some stability. We we're all quick to complain when SAF didn't seem to have the money to sort things out, AAF is proving to have the same problems but are we being to harsh on them? Their big mistake seems to be in thinking they would be able to sort out the abomination left behind by Sacha. What is needed to get out of this mess is an owner who's a Pompey Fan with bags of spare cash to pour into the club who can pay all the debts and start from scratch, unfortunately finding one of them is not that easy.
Steve C
01/01/2010 15:13:00
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