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To fee or not to fee...

The News this morning reports that Papa Bouba Diop is ready to 'plead' with the club to let him leave, so he can join AEK Athens.

AEK want Papa on a free, Pompey want a fee of 1m - neither side 'seems' to be budging as this 'proposed transfer' continues to rumble on, and the more it does the little it does to help!

Put it this way the longer it does rumble on the more he is costing us as he must be on, a bare minimum, of 20,000 per week? Having signed a new contract just last summer I have little doubt that Storrieteller would have actually done this with a pay rise too!

He is not, or was not, training because his work permit got sent to 'the wrong address', somehow methinks that he is not training because he, and to be fair 'probably' the club too, do not want him to get injured - something that he seems to do a lot these days.

The longer this drags on the longer we are paying him to, quite literally, do nothing!

I begrudge the era of football that we live in, where the players have all the power and what suits them best of all is what, more often than not, happens these days - it sickens me that they can decide they want to go so will no longer perform, try or even train in order to get their move. Yet it sickens me even more than common decency cannot come into play and if players can have the power they do, why can rules not come into play that gives clubs more power again? Something like the ability to re-write contracts, within a 'fair means' of course, in the event of financial troubles - then again this can be done if 'written into contracts', but how many do that...

There does not appear to be much interest in Papa, so it is not as if we can use that as a basis for not letting him move on can we?

Whilst we need the money, as said the longer this drags on the more he is costing and the less we will actually receive anyway - in our position I understand that we CANNOT be seen to be 'throwing money away', which we are by paying him when he does not want to be here, nor can we be seen to be refusing money, which we do by not demanding a fee, but surely a compromise has to be reached here as the club, forget the player for a minute, are not likely to come out of this as a winner.

We need to get shot of him now, so 'if' we will not let him go on a free, and 'if' AEK will not pay the 1m we want why not simply meet in the middle?

500,000 is a fair, even if it is still 'low' - even for Papa, amount right. I know that sounds simple and is an 'ideal world' situation, but something has to give and SOON as this is helping no one.

Although our major problem is, if we buckle too much on this issue then this would send out the wrong message and 'set the trend' to our others dealings. Clubs would think, even more so than I suspect they do, that we are in such a weak position that they can fully exploit this even more...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 7 2010

Time: 9:09AM

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"I begrudge the era of football we live in", well said Rug. Many things need changing in football today, players contracts should be a priority.
007
they should meet us half way and offer 500k.. but then this is greece were talking about! i doubt the whole country has half a million euros
nodster
he'll probably go for "a nominal sum" .... i.e. 100,000. I still hate football right now - and I cant wait for Man City / Man Utd / Liverpool (although they have already started) / Chelsea etc to start falling out of the sky with simply unburdenable debt and players refusing to leave their 5,000,000 a week salaries (would you?!) lol. just stop offering silly monies. 11 players on a pitch can defeat another 11 players. (pompey vs milan anyone?!) pretty simple really - you want out of a club, you throw a hissy fit for being subbed, you throw a hissy fit coz youre not selected - then get the feck out of the club tbh. as a manager i would say i can fill your spot so easily. fed up with the prima donnas. id do anything to get 20,000 a WEEK for kicking a ball a bit (in some cases you dont even have to do that!)
pompey--pessimist
If Barcelona can't afford their players wages then its a near certainty that none of the four English clubs mentioned can either. The sooner salary caps are imposed, the better. We could then have a league like the Bundesliga where anyone of ten teams might win it. As for Papa Bouba lets just take 500k now before we fritter away 200k on his wages!
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