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Cut costs, but do this reasonably...

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...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 29 2010

Time: 9:05AM

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Ive been thinking about this and I'm not convinced it is a massive problem, because with 6 weeks to go and being realistic about the team. A few of our squad are like Dindane loanees, therefore it is up to their clubs like Lens to decide. Some can't play for another team this season, belhadj can't play in a league he wants to this season, some like KPB don't want to play again this season, Herman won't play again this season, some WE don't want to play this season, all will want to leave at the end of the season.
russellm
I don't think Grant will stay either, and quite frankly although he's very much a gent, I get mystified by some of his tactics and how many wins has he had in his tenure?
russellm
i have to say that there are a large number of players, who if the 'money is right', i would like to keep - problem is how much will they accept dropping and how much is money important to them?
we seem to, on the whole, have a bunch of guys that are committed - are they committed enough to drop their wages to stay with us? if so then i hope alot do as lets face it, even tho we will lose a number of loan players - and a few will be sold - we have a decent championship side...
as for grant, as said previously in many ways i agree with you - it would be good to see what he does with his hands not as strongly tied tho to be fair? all in all tho i cannot see him staying, altho if he did i reckon some of these out of contract players would...
pompeyrug
Don't see the problem with a short term strategy .. It's all we have without an owner .. Sell the lot .. if it means the club survives.. then get an owner and then and only then start to think longer term ..
Chix
I second Chix comments. We have to survive first before we worry about the future.
stooH
but if the ONLY thought being given is to a short-term, without any view given to a longer-term, will we even have a long-term...
pompeyrug
Agreed. And in my opinion we need as fresh a start as possible so, although most of the players have done us proud with their never say die attitude, they are a constant reminder of the mess we are in! Any that want to stay on championship wages, fair enough, otherwise thanks for you efforts but see you later!
pompeysloth
Ps. "I agree" meant '...with Chix'! When our very existance as a club is under threat, I don't think we can have the luxury of a long term plan. Short term survival might just give us a chance to start thinking towards the future
pompeysloth
as said tho without ANY thought given to the long-term then will we have one?
i totally agree that having a club is the priority but is it not a priority to have a club in the long-term not merely look to limp on for another year or 2, which could well be the case...we can only hope that the right person comes in.
then again IF we are stripping away the remaining assets that we have left - granted, their wages are a major issue, then WHY will someone come in? what exactly are they buying into?
pompeyrug
Well, we certainly won't have a long term vision without a short term future. I sort of agree with Chix and Rug. How's that for fence sitting.
uktony
sod it if 'every player' is being sold or released before the summer/over the summer i think i might try and live the dream...at 30 i think my knees would 'just about' stand up to 1 game per week.
pompeyrug
It seems to depend on if it is the administrators' job to get as much cash in as possible for the creditors or to find a new owner.
wellyit
I'm with Chix on this one too. Unfortunately the harsh reality is we are in administration. If we weren't we would have been wound up by HRMC by now, but that doesn't make admin a picnic, its a harsh harsh place to be. The administrator has to do all he can to pay off the creditors, and when that's done we have to pick up the pieces and carry on. If that means playing the academy kids in the power league on -20 points next season with no TV money left to come in . . . well it'll be 5h1t but it'll be Pompey. And probably more recognisable as Pompey than the premier league side we had full of England and other international stars.
tracyc
still feel that cutting loose all the assets before someone takes over - assuming this happens, on both counts - leaves us a far less attractive proposition...i am not even convinced the kids will be spared! if any are of any value, or potential value they will go too.
i just pray for an owner to come in, one that will give us a break from what we have now.
pompeyrug
 

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