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Who will Uncle Aram take with him?

Who will Uncle Aram take with him?

Until Uncle Avram is 'officially' appointed as the West Ham manager this is not the case, although lets face it this is 'nailed on' - he, and they, are already moving for players but for whatever reason it seems that he cannot be appointed until after the bank holiday weekend 'officially'. Then again 'if', by some reason this does not happen he WILL get a job somewhere this summer so the question will remain the same, who goes with him?

Once he does get this job, at West Ham or wherever, it is inevitable that he will be looking to return to pick at the Pompey carcass...

To be honest it is not so much the players that I fear going, this has been as 'nailed on' as him getting the West Ham job or another since he left, and was always happening regardless. My bigger concern is who from the coaching staff that he will take?

He has clearly struck up a good rapport with Paul Groves and Ian Woan - this worries me as these guys are good at what they do, so we need them around. Also, who knows the kids better than these guys! They will know who is, and who is not, worth a go and ready to make it, now or in the future.

David Coles is one of the best goalkeeping coaches in the business. We have managed to fend off Spurs, a couple of times, and other clubs so PLEASE do not let him go now!

David James is, and was, a fantastic keeper when we signed him but even he has improved areas of his game working with Coles, and the work he did with Asmir Begovic was top drawer. We 'could' also have a future England keeper in Liam O'Brien on our hands, so who better to nurture him than Coles.

People will argue that a new manager will want his own team, but will this manager really be given that opportunity to bring in a team - others have not, so why should he be any different? These guys offer a special continuity that we need so I hope that they stay, either as part of the management set-up themselves or under a newly appointed manager as assistants and coaches.

Player wise, although Jamie O'Hara is no one of ours, it has seemed as though it is set-up for him to follow him wherever he goes and he 'opened this door' to West Ham before Uncle Avram even went by talking up the club, their potential and the fans - then again the Spurs asking price looks to have scuppered the chances of this?

'Reports' continue to 'claim' that Kevin-Prince Boateng 'interests' him, and perhaps he does, but I am not sure? As the guy will be sold there is every chance he could return to London?

Nadir Belhadj will also sadly go, which is a shame as he is a top player but needs must. I would 'think' that he, and others, will show a keen interest in the player.

James is clearly someone that he admires, and this feeling is mutual, so the longer a contract goes unsigned the more chance he could go - a coaching, or managerial role at Fratton is going to have to be combined with a player contract to keep him I reckon. Even though West Ham have Rob Green, I could see him going and James signed as the replacement.

Rocha John Rocha perhaps? A free agent, who could do a job for West Ham? He could be seen as an ideal freebie to bolster his squad...

One of our prize assets is also Marc Wilson, having masterminded the switch to a holding midfielder when the interest starts to get serious for the Irish youngster Uncle Avram would show his hand here I would think?

A player that I would be delighted for him to take would be Tal Ben-Haim - he has been an expensive player for us, and will continue to do so unless we can offload him, doing this 'might' even enable us to keep someone that is more worth keeping. Yep, he is another of those that I would drive, even though I cannot, to his next destination! Although something tells me we will not be lucky enough for Uncle Avram to take him on too.

Whatever happens though, hopefully, as he said he would, he will 'help us', by not fleecing away everything he can, and those that he does take he will make sure that West Ham offer a 'fair' amount so we are not totally screwed over...


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Date:Thursday May 27 2010
Time: 4:00PM


Quick Question.... who is Uncle Aram lol
27/05/2010 16:33:00
Some good points Rug. I always felt that Joe Jordan had a lot more to do with our success under Redknapp than he got credit for and I was more disappointed when he left than Redknapp. We should have as much continuity as we can in the bootroom as the exodus of players will mean there's precious little on the pitch! Something that occured to me today is the way the situation now and the promotion season are practically negatives of each other. At that time, due to the ITV deal collapsing, lots of clubs were selling us their top earners and as we were one of the few with money to spend, we benefitted by picking up players on the cheap and even persuading other clubs to meet a proportion of their wages. Now, having seen the vultures circling our club for the past year, picking up some ridiculous bargains along the way, it strikes me that maybe there is such a thing as karma after all! What goes around and all that...................
27/05/2010 17:54:00
Vom inducing slushy answer - who could !
27/05/2010 17:57:00
tbh we've reached the point where much as I don't want to see them go, we need someone to buy the likes of Ben Haim and Boateng etc. O'Hara isn't a Pompey player anyway and he can't stay at Spurs, so that would seem an obvious move. Jamo keeps being linked with other clubs left right and centre, and I would have thought West Ham would want to keep the younger England keeper, I still think James will stay at Fratton Park. As for the coaching staff, I suspect this is paper talk, as they weren't Avram's boys in the first place, and my instinct tells me Avram won't plunder us left right and centre - will he?
27/05/2010 19:18:00
Funny! Harry was denigrated for plundering us, but now it seems OK with Avram?
27/05/2010 20:02:00
i understand that senior players MUST go, and if that is to west ham so be it - but i would also hope that with grant as their manager he would 'do right by us'...sadly with those bloody sucking agents that will work for west ham we will be screwed over by a combination of them and storrieteller i suspect...

redknapp got battered for taking our players, you can argue that this is no different - altho the difference is we were told players DID NOT always have to go, they jumped ship to shack up with redknapp no questions asked, and at our expense.

players i can accept, but taking the coaching staff too, that would leave a VERY bitter taste in my mouth and i do not see grant as 'helping us' if he did this...
28/05/2010 12:12:00
OK Rug, I agree with you there.
28/05/2010 13:01:00
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