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Will he stay or will he go? #1 David James

Will he stay or will he go? #1 David James

Introduction

To be honest with you none of us really know what to expect this summer do we? We can only 'hope' that this or that will happen, so we only really have hope, right?

Clearly our priority is to see us taken over, and by someone who will hopefully 'do right by us!' Granted this will be a businessman or businessmen who WILL want some return on this investment, that is football for you! But they do not need to fleece us for all they can!

All in all, like I say, this is going to, in many ways basically be 'guess work' and maybe some will be more ruled by the heart more than the head, also A LOT will depend on things such as Uncle Avram staying or not I guess...

#1 David James

The guy has been truly outstanding for us, yep he has made the odd costly rick but if you could not count these on one hand I would be surprised! Now try counting the number of times that he has saved us, in fact forget it, it would take too long...

Could his England career go on beyond South Africa?

In all honesty it should not as you would hope, from an England point of view, that another keeper would be taking his throne, sooner rather than later. Then again he will ALWAYS make himself available for England as long as he plays, so never say never.

Will he stay or will he go?

Undecided, although I think he would stay - given the chance...

As above I do not know what to feel on this one to tell the truth, although I HOPE he does stay, and think he would.

He has 'hinted', more than once and sometimes more strongly than others, at staying and in all honesty he could still do a job at a premier league side, so staying at that level would not shock me, but here's the thing, he knows that we appreciate him and he us. He is happy and settled where he is so why change?

Yep he is out of contract this summer but if he wants to stay and he would drop his wage demands then why not keep him? Did the fact that he would not do this for a move to Stoke in January suggest, with the benefit of hindsight, that he had no intention of leaving as he did not want to?

I hope he does stay, and I have for sometime had this 'sneaky feeling' that he will - my biggest concern is that he will not be given this chance as once his contract is up that is that, no negotiations will take place, he will merely be released at the end of his deal and snapped up by someone else...

The claims are that 'new deals' will be spoken about on a player by player basis but as said I just have this feeling that a decision could well be made before any talks take place - which, for me makes little sense. Offer something like 50%, or whatever seems 'fair', less wages and see what they say? If they decline let them move on to see who comes in with a counter offer?

Another option, given his thoughts about this, could be a player-manager offer should Uncle Avram leave? If he does not a player-coach position would not go a miss, right, and would be a good thing to offer and see him among the candidates to eventually take on the top job here...

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Tuesday May 4 2010
Time: 9:00AM

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Rug, I think the issue here will be as you say. I think for him to stay would mean us having the ownership issue sorted over the next 6 weeks and I don't think this will be the case. Therefore someone will snap him up and Birmingham would seem a solution.
bluedr
04/05/2010 09:35:00
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as with most of our current team, i think it depends entirely on whether we have new owners, who the new owners are, and what direction the club looks to be heading. If we go into next season with a 17 point reduction, i doubt anyone will stay, and who can blame them? if we go in, with new owners, looking for a fresh start, with avram still as our manager, i think a lot will stay.
pompeycarpet
04/05/2010 10:19:00
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I agree with the above, it depends on ownership. Jamo is one I would want to stay and as he knows this and wants this to be his last world cup; there will be added interest in his newspaper column so Brum apart really there is not much to stop him staying.
russellm
04/05/2010 11:02:00
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Except by speculation how can anyone answer that question? There are too many 'ifs and buts' to be answered before even Jamo can answer it.
PFCblue
04/05/2010 11:38:00
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Happy to take a pay cut ? YES ! Then sign here please! Would love to keep him, but would be happy to have Jamie Ashdown as No 1 in the championship if not.
BarneyArmy
04/05/2010 12:57:00
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I think he might stay but if he has a good World Cup there may be takers despite his age.
eastneydave
04/05/2010 13:34:00
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Living close to home will be an important factor.
007
04/05/2010 13:47:00
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If we can keep him then fantastic, he obviously has formed a place in his heart for Pompey, as we all sem to, I cant see anything but positives from him remaining!
NZ_Portsmuff
04/05/2010 19:02:00
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Its a tough one to call, but I'm going to put my money on him staying! Really hope so.
tracyc
04/05/2010 19:28:00
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Hope he stays, but I bet he gets a good offer after the England game. If he accepts, you can't really blame him. At his age, it will be his last chance to earn big money and he still has a young family. Although, I suppose he should have made his fortune by now..........
Gandor1
04/05/2010 20:42:00
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