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Pompey 'hopes' and/or 'expectations' now?

I think that it goes without saying that our overall hopes and expectations for Pompey are for he club to have a stability to build upon to lay foundations for a long-term future - stability, for this future, is all that all of us want.

Although the thoughts I am talking about here are footballing 'hopes' or 'expectations' for this season.

As we head towards the Christmas period, which takes us roughly to the midway point as far as fixtures go of the season you get a 'rough' idea of where you are and what 'could' lay ahead. That said I still think that the standings at the Easter stage of the season make it 'clearer' as to what clubs can expect.

I do not think that I have made any secret of my desire NOT to go back to the 'promised land' of the premier league just yet, although 'if' that should come along of course the financial riches on offer should, in theory, help to sooth our problems and get us onto an even playing field sooner.

So, thee are some 'potential' benefits to a return to the top flight...

Another thing that I have not hidden are my thoughts that survival in the nopower championship is a must, that first and foremost MUST be the main objective, and has been mine from the day we got relegated last season.

In this league nothing can, or should, be taken for granted. Things are far too open for the assumption that we will be safe this season to be made, even if it 'seems' like we will.

As much as getting promoted is by far NOT my priority how could we not want to 'go all the way' should we manage to get in the top 6 and secure a play-off spot eh!

The drawback, should we not manage to achieve promotion - as I 'think' will be the case - will of course be the fact that some of the better players will 'probably' move on, which would be a shame as we seem to have a good squad, on the whole, together here that want to be here.

Having said that, should we lose players - and realistically come the end of the season come what may some will have to go - all being well we can continues to find, use and attract players that will want to be here, and are happy to be here without going overboard and risking this stability. This, in many ways, makes me think of the youth set-up again and just why I think it is so important that we keep making the kids feel wanted, as we may well become very, very reliant on them as part of our future.

Anything is possible, and finishing anywhere from 3rd-24th is on. Even though 21st would do me in all honest, perhaps a more 'realistic expectation' of what the club would want would be somewhat higher.

A place in the top 10 would represent a good season but top 6 is also, and maybe 'should be' or at least 'is', the real aim?


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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Sunday December 5 2010

    Time: 12:13PM

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    Simple reality Rug, Pompey can't afford your desire. It's about money, do a baggies and the CVA is 80% paid off. Then you have a much better chance of seeing the new owner; although the mythical fan owner is a long way away I suspect. I want the Pompey players to clean up the on field act a bit, stop whinging and go out to win every game; in short act in a progressional manner ; even if they are limited- on average- to a mere SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED POUNDS PER WEEK. I would like the manager to learn from his errors and be prepared to play someone under 23. So I don't think I'm after a lot from Pompey.
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    05/12/2010 12:48:00

    Whilst yes I agree in large parts of what Russellm has said I think there are other big positives to staying in the championship. It a competetive league, not always dominated by 'The big / rich few'. As long as we don't drop any further (plus we get less games at stupid times). The Premiership will come again, I just feel we have, and are sorting out some long standing issues which is better done out of the limelight of the Premiership. MickTait
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    05/12/2010 14:09:00

    Jeez...I'm in a difficult situation now because I sort of agree with both comments from Russell and Mick. A return to the Prem...West Brom style for a couple of seasons would definitely boost the coffers. But...I desperately don't want us to get sucked back in to that hunt for over expensive mercenaries again. And let's face it to make a competetive fist of a Prem return we'd have to strengthen the present squad. Here we go again....
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    05/12/2010 16:06:00

    It is a tough choice. On one hand many of us are happy to be in a league with good competitive football, where any team can beat any team. On the other though, we need investment and a new owner which will only come from going up. I say we flip a coin for it!
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    06/12/2010 08:52:00


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