Date:Monday March 29 2010
Whilst I understand, and do appreciated that Admin Andy's job is to cut costs and secure money for those owed this, surely this has also got to be done in the best possible way of securing us a future...
With this in mind I CANNOT and WILL NOT accept that selling of players now remains in our best interests - nor will I accept that advancing parachute payments is also the 'way to go'.
Personally I think these ideas stinks!
They clearly demonstrate the premier league most blatantly flexing their muscle to do their utmost to ensure that we bring 'less shame' on them by seeing the season out before 'washing their hands' of us...
It reeks of 'short-term' thinking as opposed to a more 'longer-term' goal...I will not go over ground that has been covered over and over, but in a nutshell selling our assets surely detracts from the 'attractiveness' of the club to potential owners, as does the fact that monies due to these people down the line will not come when they should?
Admin Andy has now said that as overheads, again quite rightly, MUST be reduced he is looking to cut the wage bill by 50% - to do this he is preparing to offload player after player.
The suggestion is that the ENTIRE 1st team squad will go!
These players will then be replaced by 'free transfers', clearly on low wages - although he says he, not that I see this as being his decision, thinks and/or hopes that Avram Grant will remain in place overseeing this 'rebuilding process.'
Clearly we DO need to offload some players, as their wages are not sustainable - as they have not been - but can we not go about this the right way? And make sure we DO get a decent price for them, not be ripped off!
I am sure that there CAN be some good frees to be picked up, although all the while we have a transfer embargo in place - then again the premier league cannot enforce this once we go down - we cannot bring anyone in anyway.
We MUST have a number of players on 'lowish' wages, so these that are under contract surely must be retained?
As for free transfer arrivals, well technically we CAN create our own here as we also have a number of players that WILL be out of contract. So, why not attempt to take first bite at the cherry - offer them new contracts on reduced wages, 50% less if need be, and if they want to stay they will!
As much 'continuity' we can keep, the better, so why not try to retain as many as is humanly possible, lets not just discard them without an effort.
I am talking about the likes of David James, Steve Finnan, Rocha John Rocha, The Herminator - if/when fit, which I am not sure he will though to be honest - and Kanu, not to mention youngsters like Joel Ward.
Assuming people will take cuts required, then why not retain them?
When all in said and done though I am not convinced that Admin Andy should be making such things common knowledge at this time as you would think, or at least hope, that he - and his fellow administrators - will not be in place come the summer anyway, so all being well this will be a new owners', a fresh one as we start again, decision to make and not his...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Monday March 29 2010
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