Date:Monday September 6 2010
Linvoy Primus was on Goals on Sunday yesterday, something that I wish I had seen - although travelling prevented this, and he had PLENTY to say about various things...
While there are still many questions, with various answers that could be given, we 'seem' to be taking steps in the right direction and Linvoy knows this is the case - even if he still does not know who is to blame for what went wrong and where money went?
He also knows the people that have really been hurt by this whole ordeal: 'where the club are now is far better than where they were last season.
'Getting relegated from the Premier League isn't an ideal thing, but it's cleared a lot of things out and has allowed the club to see what the problems are and deal with it.
'The thing that hurts a lot of people is that local fans who have supported the club have been hurt by it financially, their businesses have suffered.
'The club have moved out of the CVA and have agreed their 20p in the pound, but real supporters have been hurt by it.
'So much has come in with players and transfers, but it's all come out the pot. Where has it gone?
'There's no one person you can point to and say 'it's their fault' and I think in time it will come out. At the moment there's still investigations going on.'
The non-payment of players and staff, which we saw several times last season, was also discussed as were the promises that were made, but not kept, with this being the point where people really knew the trust was gone: 'what the fans, players and staff are fed up of was people coming in and saying: 'We're definitely making a change' - and then the same thing would happen.
'The trust had gone.'
With a difficult job to do Linvoy said that Steve Cotterill was doing 'okay' with limited resources available.
Although, and I totally agree, he understands that with money owed to others its understandable - and right - that this is not spent to bring in others: 'he finds himself only able to name four players on the bench - and one of those is a goalkeeper - so you can't make a change.
'The players we've got playing are doing really well, but after two games in a week they'll be leggy by the third game on a Saturday.
'He's got a good, upbeat mentality and he's really enthusiastic, but at times you can see even he's getting drawn by it.'
'He wants to make good decisions for the team that can't be made because of the situation he's in.'
The most important thing is that there IS still a Portsmouth Football Club, something Linvoy was keen to also stress.
He also believes that we will be ok, even though things will continue to change - as always is the case in football: 'we'll be alright and the good thing is the club is still there. Players come and go, managers come and go, staff come and go, but the club and the supporters will always be there.'
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Monday September 6 2010
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