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Player donations see 5 back in action

For some time now we have known that the players and the staff, led by David James and The Herminator, have been trying to organise a portion of their wages going towards financing the continued employment of a few of the backroom staff that were made redundant as part of cost cutting measures by the administrators.

Well, this has now happened with 5 of these backroom staff now back in employment following the 1,500 per player donation to see them through until the end of the season...

Avram Grant has said that everyone was happy to do this as these people are very important to the team: 'the players, me, the staff, everybody here has contributed.

'And I must say that we were all happy to do it.

'When a club drops the human side, that's the first step down to finishing as a club. Portsmouth existed before me and the players and will exist after. For me, these people are very important. They are not in the spotlight, but without these people you cannot succeed as a club.'

Tug Wilson, the training ground manager, a couple of kitmen, a masseur and an analyst have now returned to work as a result, which is good news for all of these guys.

It is a shame that more jobs could not be save, although the players will look more towards people associated with the playing side of things - that help with their preparations - and clearly, for them, these guys are the ones that are most important to them and are needed to help us prepare for the remainder of our league fixtures, and of course most importantly the FA cup...

As previously said, in a day and age when footballers are often portrayed as 'money grabbing monsters' it is fantastic to see that the mob that we have at Portsmouth Football Club at the moment are giving something back, when, lets face it they did not have to!

This makes you proud, right? Well it does me.

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 24 2010

Time: 9:09AM

Your Comments

This season although our worst as a club has definately shown the pro footballer in a different light. The commitment and in certain cases loyalty, whilst going through, as much 'turmoil' as a player can go through, has been rewarding off pitch, if not on i, brilliant gesture.
Super Bock 1898
I think the players have done us proud all season. From an unlucky 0-1 defeat to Fulham on the opening day we've fought to put points on the board against all comers. They are hardly Florence Nightingale but this is just another example of the spirit of the players. Thank you for giving me back my pride in a club that has been ravaged by the dark side of the Premier League for 7 years.
Pompeyscum
It would be interesting to find out how this was negotiated amongst the players, but well done lads.
wellyit
Some good news and not surprising really the positions are team support positions and it is the interest of the players to do this. Sadly I wouldn't expect too much more elsewhere as it seems Pompey were overstaffed.
russellm
This is good. I couldn't see the likes of Sol Campbell digging deep, could you?
gandor1
I am so proud of them for having done this.
tracyc
 

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