Date:Friday March 19 2010
The message being put across by 'the media' is that Avram Grant is suggesting that he will field 'weakened sides' for the remainder of the premier league season as he feels Pompey have no 'obligation' to aid the premier league, it is the premier league's obligation to aid premier league sides - something that I 'guess' he feels they have not with us, hence his little swipe?
Word is that Grant will give senior members, and those most likely to go to the world cup, a more 'free role' to almost 'pick and choose' if they play or not with the emphasis being squarely put on the FA cup now.
It is a tough call, I can see where Grant is coming from and the FA cup is basically the be all and end all of our campaign, but at the end of the day we do have 'integrity' to think of, right?
Not to mention the fact that we, the fans, are still paying our hard earned money to watch the football, so in many ways, as much as I would LOVE to see some of the youngsters given a go - if they have been registered as senior players (as they would have to be as no 'new' registrations can be added) - he does still have to think about this too really...
Also you have the issue of being able to 'turn it on and off' like that - it is not always easy to get back into the swing of things is it? Say a player sits out a couple of games it is not always as easy to just 'return and do a job' as it might seem it is...
There is plenty to ponder, and like I say whilst I get where he is coming from - and DO think we have to be looking to protect players - I do think we have to go about things the right way really.
Besides fielding 'weakened sides' would see fines dished out as well, and we do not really want, or need, this at this time do we? Helping to fund staff wages might not all he would be helping to fund...
Yep, I see your point Avram but lets just look to be a bit protective of certain players but lets do things the right way - if we can get a glimpse of a few players that will have a part to play next season lets do it, but not mass wholesale changes.
Then again I very much doubt this is how Grant intended it anyway, well quite that way, and it is just the media spin on it portraying it as being that way...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Friday March 19 2010
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