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Mokoena and Smith latest

Does Mokoena really admit his Pompey career is over?

We know that every player has a price, we need to raise money and we also need to reduce the wage bill as there cannot be too many players that are on anything less than 'decent money' at Fratton Towers.

Some will go, because the club want them too, others will go because they want to, and Aaron Mokoena, for me, had pretty much fallen into the 'because the club want him to' bracket - although we have already said that keeping him is what we want to do if we can.

The News today is running an article that says 'Aaron Mokoena has admitted his Pompey career is over, he is quoted as saying: 'it was mixed feelings (after the FA Cup final) because we realised the fact that a lot players will be moving on.

'We have a fantastic fanbase in Portsmouth and the fact we have to move on and build another life elsewhere - coming to terms with that was the difficult part.

'The season was a rollercoaster for the club, but I will always take the positives out it.

'The players showed pride, we showed that we are pro footballers and the most important thing was that we did it for the fans because they kept us going, as did the manager.

'Next season, I would love to stay in England. There's been a few clubs show interest but I just didn't want to decide yet.

'I want to focus on this big event (World Cup) and then I'll decide after the tournament.'

Now, is it just me or is there nothing really concrete that substantiates the claims that he admits his Pompey career is without a doubt over?

I guess it depends on how the words are interpreted I guess, but I am not entirely sure that he is admitting he is definitely leaving Pompey this summer? Ok, it is likely that he will though...

Rangers told where to stick their £300,000 offer for Tommy Smith

'Skint Pompey' is how The Express start off their article about Tommy Smith, who Rangers are 'claimed' to have offered £300,000 for.

Whilst, quite rightly, we are skint Rangers are hardly rolling in money themselves are they so they will be looking to do deals on the cheap.

This offer has been branded 'derisory' by Admin Andy who also said: 'if clubs think that because Portsmouth are in administration we will accept any old offer, then they are mistaken.

'There will be no fire sale here and players will only be sold if we receive offers that meet our valuations.

'If Rangers want to buy the player then I would suggest they come to me and cut out the agent, then they will get a better idea of what we're looking for.'

So, who is doing these dealings, Admin Andy or Storrieteller? If it is Admin Andy why is Storrieteller still at the club, for that matter why is the new CEO not doing this.

Smith has been valued at £1.5m, and unless that amount is offered the club say he will go nowhere - to be honest, as much as we do need the money and we do need to reduce the wages, I cannot see the benefit of selling the guy anyway.

A player, proven at championship level, who is under contract and would stay - he has admitted as much - seems more useful to us staying at the club, as we are not really going to have much striking talent left next season are we, and we do need to put out some sort of side...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 3 2010

Time: 10:00AM

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Mok is gone, I've always thought Smith was one of those who fall in to the unwritten category of - we wil put him on the list to satisfy creditors but we would like to keep him if we can. I want Storrie put but accept we are stuck with him for another 4 weeks. I think Admin's comments are a follow up to his previous remark about agents saying " I can't offer you money but to help you out by removing a player from the club wage bill" I got the impression from sky he had heard enough of that last month.
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03/06/2010 10:22:00

we have again 'stressed' that we do not want to sell moko, and i hope that we do not - 'if' we could keep him and rocha john rocha that would be a tasty defence! throw wilson into the mix, if we can keep him, as the player playing just infront of them this is a solid base for the back 4 for me...
not forgetting young joel ward who looks the part and WILL do a job for us next season.
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