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The youngster clearout begins

The attempts to reduce the squad numbers below 20, yet still keep enough 'quality' and 'experience' is starting to take on a new direction. The direction being taken is a look at the contracts that some of the younger players are under, with them coming to an end, via various means...

'Word on the street' has it that many of the youngsters that we have will be 'sacrificed', I just seriously hope that this is done for the right reasons - and not just so 'better known' players can be brought in?

Yep, I know we need experience in our squad as we CANNOT afford to go down again although experience and quality are not the same thing - granted if we are bringing both and these kids lack both, and a desire to perform, fair play let them go and get them off the wage bill for a more senior player that can offer us something for similar money to these well paid, yet seemingly quality lacking players...

Steve Cotterill yesterday confirmed, in The News, that 'there has already been some decisions on a few' with Paris Cowan-Hall having already gone and Danijel Subotic was not far behind: 'Paris Cowan-Hall has gone. Subotic will be coming to a conclusion.'

Cowan-Hall, from what I have seen of him, has not developed physically or as a player over the past 12-months so as much as I had high hopes for him I can see why, it is also 'said' that he was keen to leave anyway, so everybody's 'appy, right? Subotic, well in all honesty he was a strange one anyway - from what I hear he offers very little.

Jordan Hughes and Gael Nlundulu will soon be going too: 'there's Nlundulu and Jordan Hughes, too. Those guys will all be finishing now.

'We need players who are strong enough for the Championship.'

Nlundulu is a guy that was 'expected' to do well, but it does 'seem' as though he is one of those that has been earning VERY good money for a very long time, perhaps his wages have not been justified over this time. Hughes is not someone I can recall much of at all to be honest.

If these guys are on decent money, but will not make it, then - as already said - if it is for the right reasons then that is understandable although I would prefer us to have a team full of untried kids if they will offer more than seasoned professionals, these names mentioned as going/gone do seem to be 'fair enough' though.

I am a 'little' worried by a few names that further 'word on the street' says could go, as I do feel we would regret that but time will tell what happens with this...

The one thing that does concern me is the fact that most of these guys are under contract, so how have we managed, or will we manage, to convince them to move on?

Ok, they might not be 'good enough' in the coaches opinions, although I cannot see anyone 'willingly' giving up their contract so some, or all, of this would have been paid up? Given our position how could we actually justify paying someone up to leave - mutually beneficial to all would be good, but you do not get many 'mutual' moves in football these days really do you!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 20 2010

Time: 8:32AM

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Danny Bogard still on our books? Last I heard he was on loan at Bognor but thought he was a decent prospect.
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20/07/2010 09:08:00

My thought is this is more to do with money than ability; my example: I've seen Ndulundu and he is as good as a lot of what we fielded last year and was a promising kid for Harry and Grant, the embargo isn't gone and suddenly Steve thinks he's rubbish- hmmm. Let's be honest Harry wasn't afraid to cut when he thought it was required if free'd up money for another 10% on a transfer deal. Also given the shame of this and in lots of cases it is means for me,I think Steve's exuberance needs to be tempered.
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20/07/2010 12:07:00

this is a joke we are set to realese these youngsters to give bigger longer contracts to old players from abroad because we have a transfer ban. i dont blame steve as his job is to get the best place finish this season in the championship if to release these youngsters and freeing up space for 3-4 players who will make his team much better and keep us in this leauge then thats what he has to do...
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20/07/2010 12:38:00

I think these players would have been released whatever our contract situation was. Subotic is the worst player I have ever seen, Cowan-Hall hasn't developed since he arrived and Jordan Hughes isn't good enough. I agree that Gael Nlundulu has something, but whenever I've seen him play, he flatters to deceive - looks skilful but lets himself down with final ball.
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20/07/2010 12:48:00

i tend to agree -- the youngsters just werent up to it. all those that are they are featuring in USA now (ritchie, ward etc). they were on big wages for their status (hmmmm wonder how that is!) and we need better players to come in. will it save any money... probably not, but it might save our league status!
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20/07/2010 13:18:00

Pros7 lol, flatters to deceive, skill full but let's it down: sounds like an England cert then. I haven't seen that but it's in the eye of the beholder.
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