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A 'surprise' thats not a surprise in many ways...

We do not 'really' get 'surprise news' anymore as far as Pompey is concerned do we?

That is because little surprises us really does it!

That said it does not make 'disappointing news' any less so, and the most recent is also just that, disappointing, yet it is very much in keeping with events from the last 12-24-months or so...

This latest setback is the news that Mikey Brown and Richard Hughes are on the verge of 'automatically triggering' new contracts.

New contracts, to some, might not seem like bad news - keeping players under contract of course leaves the club in a 'stronger position', although the problem is should these new contracts be activated they are activated on the money, or near to the money, that both are currently on...

And sustaining their wages is not something that is possible!

There is almost NO chance that new contract will be granted to either player on their existing money, and I would doubt very much that one would agree to taking a pay cut unless the other did too - even then the cut could 'probably' be beyond what they would accept?

Each have a solitary game left, should this be played then an automatic contract extension kicks in...

This was the reason that Hughes was left out of the squad at the weekend, even being named as a sub would count as a game towards this activation period.

From the sounds of it, according to Steve Cotterill's thoughts in The News, Hughes is not interested in negotiating too much...

It is a tough one, we gave the guy the money so in many ways he has every right to accept what he has and not want to budge - although he could soon be in a position where he has to decide, is he happy to just see out his contract and not play at all, or does he want to try and fight for a place in the side, lowering his demands in the process, to ensure this can happen?

Given his long-term association with the club I would 'hope' that he will be willing to be a bit flexible, but I guess time will tell.

As for Brown, he has often talked the talk, now is his chance to walk the walk?

If he is really committed as much as he has said he is, within reason, hopefully he will also be willing to take a cut in his wages.

Like I say, it is tough to be too critical of either player as it is the club - well, more to the point a certain Storrieteller, who continues to cause havoc following his departures - that we have to blame for this situation.

We just have to hope that at least one of these players - and no disrespect to Hughesy I would prefer it to be Browny - can negotiate something as a wafer thin squad is going to seriously struggle to get through the Xmas schedule with us another couple of players down...

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  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Monday December 13 2010

    Time: 1:30PM

    Your Comments

    I think Brown would take a pay cut to stay at the club within reason. If we offer him silly money he'll just go elsewhere. As for Hughsie, I think his playing days are coming to an end, he isn't performing too well at this level and I wouldn't be too devastated to see him go, although his loyalty throughout the years will leave him fondly remembered by the fans.
    PompeyFrippy
    Yep agreed Rug, if Hughes had to go to keep Brown I would accept that; although with Brown's shoddy disciplinary attitude it is a big risk. Where I have a slight issue with your article is that in someways it is the manager's fault that the issue is slightly complicated in that he did the deal that brought Kitson and- I think- Lawrence in on salaries above the 10Kpw cap, subsidised by Wilsons fee. Good idea although somewhat short sighted as he has made a rod for his own back. I would suggest Nugent's thoughts will have an influence in the outcome. I can imagine some sort of arrangement being made where a deal is made and a salary rise and back pay happens if promotion is achieved.
    Russellm
    Maybe they could do what they did with Kanu, rather than 1 year at 30k they offer 3 years at 10k. Spreads the cost and gives the player some job security. PUP
    NorfolknBlue
    What kind of wages are they on now and what wages would the auto-extensions be at?
    Liquor&Poker
    Never thought I'd say it but get mullins and brown signed up, and let the italian-celtic crab leave
    Super Bock 1898
    I think it is a balancing act. Sure Hughes is not the most highly skilled, only once have I ever been over the moon with his performance but I guess his rare goal against Liverpool was a highlight for him to. Is he worth his place in our threadbare squad a resounding yes he has been an honest committed pro for so long for us now. As for Brown this bloke he has to stay he is one of the most comitted players we have, and goodness knows we need them. Loose one and then BC's motive becomes clearer, loose them both and at least we can beat the SC*M next year. PUP
    MickTait
    So the poll for the best recent PFC forward includes Hamilton Thorpe and doesn't include Toddy? Really?
    Pompey Half Pint
    That's who I'd have punted for PHP, I guess 'other' covers him.
    PompeyFrippy
    It will be a long time before we exorcise the ghost of Storrie-Teller and the mismanagement that took place under his tenure. Agree with Russell though, it makes it very difficult to ask players to take pay-cuts when we brought the others in on higher money. UUghsie surely has to be realistic though, if he doesn't play for half a season, then is someone else going to come in and offer him similar money? I seriously doubt it. Brown perhaps, he's been excellent this season. . . . I wonder if there are any more 'suprises' like this one lurking in the woodwork?
    tracyc
    Strangely 3% think Thorpe is right? My mistake in forgetting Toddy sorry
    MickTait
    The stupid bit about the whole situation was Pompey agreeing to these rolling contracts in the first place, when we signed Brown we were already noticing the money had gone, surely that made relegation a strong possibility, why offer Prem wages as a follow on?
    paultsmouth
     

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