Date:Tuesday April 6 2010
The '£1m payment' from Boro to Pompey that will be triggered by Gary O'Neil playing another game for Boro, his 100th, has seen various thoughts shared at the weekend.
To be honest I still find our 'high and mighty' stance at them potentially not 'honouring' a payment to us somewhat ironic, given the actions of those 'running' our club over the years - even if I do agree that Boro should pay up if they owe it, then again so should we have...
He was left out of their squad yesterday, initially with 'injury' being claimed although they have since admitted that that is not the case and 'hinted' that he might not play for the club again this season, if at all - which has left his agent LESS than impressed.
Boro reacted to the administrators stance by saying they would 'honour all payments to Portsmouth,' although clearly if Boro are leaving him out for 'business reasons' you would think they cannot afford this payment?
It is not right, but in many ways this is what is SO wrong with football these days really! If only it was as straight forwards as 'agreeing a fee and paying that fee', instead of having various add-ons and clauses etc. written in.
If only fees were also agreed and paid in full, or at least something like 75% paid up top, it would also, I feel, make football run much smoother, and I dare say it see prices paid, and wages offered, drop because you would not be able to 'spread the costs' - then 'maybe' see the prices we have to pay also fall, but hey ho what do us mere 'football fans' know about anything...
Quite clearly this issue looks like dragging on for sometime with it unlikely to go away until a 'compromise' is reached, which sadly will leave O'Neil as the big loser in all this as he, who I know is someone that 'only wants to play football' will not be able to do this.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Tuesday April 6 2010
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