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Get em ALL back in training NOW!

Much has been made about 'this and that' player being sold, although not so much is being said about the players that we CONTINUE to pay bloody good money to that are not actually doing anything, and quite literally, to earn this!

Granted, I understand that those involved in the world cup were given 'longer off' - this is something that all clubs have done, although I cannot help but think that some of these are 'having a laugh' now...

Yep I know that Kevin-Prince Boateng will be sold, John Utaka 'could', and hopefully will, be sold and Aaron Mokoena 'might' decide to move on but the fact of the matter is these guys HAVE NOT gone anywhere yet so it is high time they returned to training. For that matter Tal Ben-Haim should have bloody well been in training weeks ago, why exactly has he not been...

Ok, we run the risk of them 'getting injured' and seeing potential moves 'scuppered' as a result but whilst the likes of Dave Nugent, Marc Wilson, Hayden Mullins, Tommy Smith and Michael Brown etc. might not have gone to the world cup there is still every chance that each and everyone of these players 'could' still move on, yet they are in training and they are playing in pre-season friendlies.

The vast majority of clubs have had their 'world cup stars' return to training now, in fact these returned at the beginning of this week - even those that played in the world cup final will be back in training at the end of this week/the start of the next, if they are not already.

Quite why Utaka has been given any time off is beyond me, the guy did not play a single second for Nigeria in South Africa so how could he be 'tired'. Bloody hell the guy has done almost nothing for 3-years!

In Mokoena's defence he was very much the 'face of the world cup' for South Africa and had a lot on, I also believe that he recently got married, although I do feel that he should be back in training by now and do not think he is?

Boateng might be our most 'bankable asset' but every week that passes that he does not do anything that is somewhere in the region of £30,000 or so he would be costing us to quite literally do nothing as well.

As for Ben-Haim this guy is 'extracting the urine' now, moves to West Ham have fallen through so what exactly is this crock doing to earn his 'reported' £38,000 per week? He has a relegation release clause that only he can activate and it seems that he can opt out of training too - it is a joke, but not one that I am laughing at!

Come on Steve Cotterill, David Lampitt and Admin Andy, whilst these guys 'could' generate some much needed funds by being sold, whilst they remain Pompey players, and bloody well paid Pompey players at that, can we not get them back into training at least...

Jeez, some of our players, and most likely players that are unlikely to get a sniff of the 1st team this season - and for me maybe wrongly - have been here, there and everywhere this summer, whilst some of these might be on very good money at least they have actually gone someway towards earning it!

It makes my blood boil thinking at how much we are paying some people, yet all that seems to be being done is them seemingly laughing in our faces...

If they want to be here get them back here, if some of these players make it clear that they want to move on, so be it, but that does not mean that they are excused from training - if they refuse to do this then find them in breach of their contracts and do not pay them anything until they do, it is that simple really!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 28 2010

Time: 8:46AM

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28/07/2010 09:18:00

Taking into account those who are long term injured you are spot on; if they refuse to train with the right attitude, don't pay them; I'm refering to Ben Haim and Utaka here. If they don't return don't pay them. If Graham Taylor of the PFA doesn't like it stuff him, he is part of football's problem.
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28/07/2010 09:33:00

Agree 90% with ya Ruggers .. The 10% being that if I was manager I wouldn't want the negativvty of players who don't want to be at the club infecting the spirit of those that do and are.. That said with our dearth of talent they should really be made to train .. personally I think it is time to let them all go on the cheap and get them off the wage bill so we can move on .. depleted perhaps but at least that new leaf could finally be turned .. Job lot .. Ben Haim, Utaka, Boateng,- 5m .. I'd keep Mokoena that .. coz we ain't got a Messi
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28/07/2010 09:40:00

It would be good to know what the club thinks those four are doing. Do they have permission to be still away and why? Or have they actually been back to Pompey training and we just haven't been told?
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28/07/2010 10:14:00

I wonder if these players realise that clubs are not going to want to sign someone who will take a month to six weeks to get fully match fit if they don't train before the season kicks off...
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28/07/2010 11:00:00

I think they're all following the book entitled "Pre-Season Training" written by none other than N*****wo Kanu.
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28/07/2010 11:09:00

I can't beleive it blanked his name out, I'm sure I spelt it right?!
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28/07/2010 11:11:00

I agree Rug, but Chix has made a good point. Moley, there's a naughty word in the middle of his name ;-)
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28/07/2010 13:17:00

Spoke to David Lampitt last night and he assured me these players will be back training and PLAYING very shortly.
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28/07/2010 13:54:00

Thanks for the update, Dave. We have five competitive matches in August. We could certainly do with players of their calibre even if it is only to give us a start. Remember last season's start.
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28/07/2010 14:27:00

Rug is 100% spot on. Pre season training has become a farce at Fratton Park. Not helped by "HR"'s past attitude and flexibility with the chosen few.
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28/07/2010 14:46:00

goog point wellyit even if they are here for a few games it could be those few games which count come end of season ... would love to see prince pulling on a pompey top again even if it is a few games...
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28/07/2010 15:35:00

Best article for ages. Couldn't agree more. If players don't turn up for training - don't pay them their wages, they have broken their over-inflated contracts. Welcome to the real world.
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28/07/2010 16:00:00

usually its our old mate Kanu who dosnt bother to trn up for preseason training & he hasnt even got a mention this year yet he wants a new contract or so he says
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28/07/2010 17:00:00

My terrace needs a good clean. I could pay PFC seven quid an hour if they want to send Boateng over for a couple of days. Every little 'elps! :-)
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28/07/2010 20:13:00


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