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Bye, bye Jamie

I think that Jamie O'Hara leaving Spurs at the end of the season is as much of a certainty as it is Pompey are being relegated and playing in the FA cup final again - I would imagine that his locker is already in a skip outside their training ground in fact.

The guy, despite a bit of a rough patch during his loan spell before Christmas, has been immense for us - like a Matty Taylor and Gary O'Neil figure rolled into one for me. Although his dead ball skills are not 'always' as good as you would hope, nor do they warrant taking virtually all corners and freekicks, although when they pay off, boy do they pay off!

Following the season that he has had, and of course the fact that we are going down, the chances of us being able to sign him, be it on loan or permanently for next season are slim - which is a shame.

What I would say though is anyone expecting 'decent money' to be spent this summer would be wrong, consoldation is the name of the game now and picking up some decent(ish) freebies, cheapies and loanees, and retaining as many players as if 'financially' viable is our best hope.

'If' Avram Grant remains our manager, and some other players stayed, there is the 'small hope' that he could too. Part of me keeps saying we have no chance of this, yet the other part says maybe, just maybe?

Yet with 'rumours' of West Ham joining Newcastle and Wolves in the £5m 'race' for him this prices us out right away...

To have the admiration that he has got from the Pompey fans must be something else, especially for a loanee who will 'probably' walk away with the player of the season award, and whatever anyone says 'most' DO fall in love with the club and the fans - Jamie has done this without a doubt. So, the thought of this carrying on would leave him thinking 'should I stay?' With it 'said' that his old man said over the weekend that he loves it here and would drop down to the Championship if he had to, was that a 'little hint?'

Years of following Pompey DOES make you stop and think more and 'expecting the unexpected' or in fact 'never saying never' is something you have to do but our best bet would surely have to be Spurs agreeing another season long loan, with a possible option to buy?

This though is not something I could see happening, especially if other clubs are sniffing around and talking of offering £5m for the guy.

Whatever though at least, touch wood, he's going to Wembley - the guy, without a doubt, deserves this...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 14 2010

Time: 10:03AM

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Never say never Rug, as on Soccer AM he did say that its difficult as a young English player to get on, so he wonders if it is sometimes better for a player to lower his sights and move down a peg or 2, in order to eventually move up. Helen Chamberlaine said 2 back 3 forward, and he agreed. I know its a lsim slither of a "maybe wishfull hope", that he meant move down with us, and become more memorable for his Central role in getting us promoted, with a team built round him, as opposed to a team he has to try and slot into, but that thin slither of hope i am hoping comes to fruition?
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14/04/2010 10:44:00

We might be able to offer him european competition as a carrot which those othert teams won't, I would suspect all they could offer is another relegation dog fight. So there might be hope out there somewhere!!
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14/04/2010 10:53:00

hmm let me think, crouch had to go to them because he refused to go elsewhere even with more money on the table, so i really don't see any reason that IF he wants to stay here he couldn't, all he has to do is turn down the other clubs and then take a loan back to us, even if it is a little more complex than that its still possible surely..
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14/04/2010 12:26:00

It's easy really . we agree to pay Spurs 7 million for him.. We can pay 500,000 up front, a further 1m when he has played 50 games, a further 1m when he plays for England (or Ireland), another 1m should we reach a 3rd cup final and then the final installment of 3.5m when we sell him on to Barcelona for 20m... I can't see why Spus would complain about that kind of deal it's no different to the deals Harry did for us in years past .. I jest of course
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14/04/2010 12:50:00

I've been resigned to losing him for sometime now, It's a shame because i can think of few players who have worn the shirt with such pride, he could have been a Pompey fan all his life for the passion and commitment he's shown to us. I think Jamie is far too good to drop to the championship and he's far too good to sit in Spurs reserve team. Thank you Jamie for all you've done this season, I hope one day to see you pull on a Pompey shirt again but i fear we will need to get back into the Premiership for that to happen. Good Luck for the future and lets see if we can give you a cup winners medal to remember us by.
Steve C
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14/04/2010 12:53:00

I think this was always on the cards, and he has Bern clear about his desire to stay in the top flight. He might stay if a new owner with serious funding comes in, maybe if we win an Europa appeal; but clearly the PL is mobilising against us on that. In reality I suspect the best we can hope for is a winning performance from him at Wembley.
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14/04/2010 14:18:00

I'm going to make a heart-felt plea to him on Twitter!!
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14/04/2010 14:58:00

Yes bye bye Jamie, you are no longer welcome at Spurs. Always rated the kid and stuck up for him albeit on pointless football forums, but i cant believe how stupid & biased that performance was as a pundit. From a boyhood Spurs fan aswell, shocking and i dont know what he was thinking.
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14/04/2010 15:02:00

Unfortunately being at Wemberley I didn't see his performance - I imagine most Spurs fans would have got home in time to see the end of the coverage, they certainly left early enough to do so. PUP
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14/04/2010 16:28:00

oh come off it huddersfield, he was put in an impossible situation, and anyway he was still alot less biased than the commentators and the rest of the pundits where toward you lot!
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14/04/2010 16:46:00

I would love to plead with him to stay, but I think he deserves to be playing in the prem, so good luck to him. He's a brave man upsetting the spurs fans, they hold nasty long grudges, look how they still react to Sol!
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14/04/2010 20:42:00

I think if it was up to him he would stay. But I can't really see him being here next season sadly. He's been one of the signings of the seasons and he deserves to play week in and out for a big side. He's got a great attitude
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