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A month to tell us all we need to know?

The thoughts that a month can 'just about' tell us all we need to know about a situation have 'probably' never more been suited than to the month we have coming up, January 2011.

Quite clearly Portsmouth Football Club is still in trouble. We are haemorrhaging money and need to cut the outgoings - the wage bill - as the incomings are not enough alone.

I am not going to attack Balram Chainrai, and his fellow owners, because so long as WHATEVER happens this month is done with the best interests of the club in mind then that is the most important thing.

What I would say though is why make claims such as 'you would not believe what we had planned', and the like, if there 'seems' to be no sign of these words turning into actions...

My slight concern is that they are quite literally putting nothing more than they have to into the club. I say this as the inclusion of Tom Kilbey, who has some talent about him so - for me - is worth a crack, means we pay Millwall 50,000. He travelled to Leeds but was not involved for fear of paying this amount if he was called upon. If he is being omitted over an amount that is 'so small' it does not really bode well does it?

Far too many players are on money that is not sustainable - the wage bill is still WAY too high and if this can be reduced by moving players on I tend to think that this will happen in January, even if it is said otherwise...

As already said if this is in the best interests of the club, as much as we might not like this, it has to be the case.

What we do need to know, and sooner rather than later, is what 'the score' is with player recruitment?

Would say, just like the previous transfer windows - summer and loan - that people expecting 'too much' is just crazy. If anyone is seriously expecting much inward movement, especially with much money splashed out, they are living in cloud cuckooland. This said we MUST make some loan moves at least.

This club continues to pay the price for previous events and regimes, although it might not look like the right things are happening this month if whatever does happen this month is done with the clubs long-term interests in mind - I cannot stress this 'interest of the club' point enough - then we have to accept it as such.

Stabilising this club is going to be a long-term project and 'perhaps' another 'testing' transfer window is going to be part of this, and if best in the longer-term future of this club so be it...

We will learn a lot from January though, although hopefully a good level of transparency will be shown throughout?

This means that the bulls**t needs to be cut out!

If players need to be moved on lets not have words to the contrary, the 'we are not under pressure to sell' or 'the state of the club is fine' etc. and then do totally the opposite.

Lets not also have a constant month of 'the manager waiting to here from the owners' and the 'communication' between the clubs hierarchy being played out too much in the public eye. At the same time - and using official channel - we can keep the transparency alive, were possible, with the fans kept up to speed.

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  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Thursday December 30 2010

    Time: 12:17PM

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    SC said in The News last night that he had negotiated to hear from BC on the 29th, which was yesterday. He said he was waiting for the call, BC had promised him. Now whatever news that call contained is OK by me, as long as it was made. As to worrying about 50k, to me, that is healthy. If the previous regime had looked after the pennies, we would have been in a better place now. Naturally, if we have to let players go and bring in players who are not as good, then I will be disappointed. But far better that and we pay our way than the last scenario.
    Gandor1
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    30/12/2010 13:33:00

    I agree with all said above. We underestimate the next month as January will show us what the clubs ambitions truly are. Investment by Chanrai could see us reach the play offs if he invests enough. No investment will mean we will stay in the championship for many years to come. It is the first time his character and attitude towards the club has been questioned so it will be very interesting to see what occurs.
    PompeyJake
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    30/12/2010 14:21:00

    I dont know about you Jake, but a lot of people have questioned Chanrais character and attitude since he first got involved. Im not so bothered about staying in the champ, if thats what happens as its been a good season on the pitch and all the stupid expectations have gone too so the fans just enjoy matchday, well, I do anyway. I dont want any spare cash to be siphoned off into the back pockets of the 'owners' though and thats what scares me. If Chanrai was committed 100% to Pompey, his business nowse would surely be a good thing but that seems unlikely on current evidence and there are still all those suspicions linking him with the ruin of the club in its old form in the first place. Another interesting Jan to come but Im guessing that ultimately it'll be an anticlimax.
    pompeyweller
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    30/12/2010 14:58:00

    Well perhaps he needs to speculate to accumulate. He would struggle to find an interested buyer as things stand, but if we got promoted, well, the stock has got to be worth a whole lot more hasn't it? If promoted, someone could pick up a Premiership club with HUGE potential along the south coast for not a lot of money. Look at a map, take the scumm,ers out of the equation and there is nothing to fear as far as London and the Midlands. We need somebody with a brave heart and a vision!
    Emsworthianblue
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    30/12/2010 15:32:00

    What I was trying to say Weller was that this is the first time we will truly be able to see his motives. Although we have speculated it this will be the crunch time.
    PompeyJake
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    30/12/2010 19:05:00

    Chanrai's 'phone call' does concern me but for me, the dilemma is: I want Pompey to be the best club in the Championship, I want our profile raised for the sake of the club and the City BUT I like Championship football and think the Premier League, the transfer fees, the wages, the spoilt nancy boy players, the cr@p FA et al, are complete and utter s h i t e. I don't want us to get mixed up with that again. Win, lose, I'm enjoying football again. And, PS, I was saying thing this two years ago.
    Et_tu_Pompeii
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    30/12/2010 19:26:00

    Funny that we haven't heard anything from Clampitt in all of this. I did hear a rumour that he was only at the club to protect the Football League's interests in terms of money and reputation so his lack of any decent PR stuff leads me to believe this may be true.
    bluedr
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    30/12/2010 19:41:00

    I think this month thing is rubbish, BC wants his money back- no probes there for me. So nothing has changed from day 1. Perhapse the likes of Jake forget/ don't know the CVA obligation that the club become sustainable is a legal obligation. Perhapse they may not know that if Chan walked away from Pompey he would still have the legal obligation of 30M CVA and that must've reported to the courts for the life time of the arrangement. The club s also obligated to justify it's expenditure to the creditors board. Those who dont beloved Pompey should have been put into admin are merely stupid. Until the salary bill is down nothing can be taken as a sign of the clubs plans; other than unless he can sell for 14M and a massive chunk of the CVA debt ( any takers?) both sides are stuck with each other.
    Russellm
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    30/12/2010 22:13:00

    At this time the club would be best served by a manager who could get over his youth ( under 25's in Cots case) prejudice.
    Russellm
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    30/12/2010 22:17:00

    You only have to look at what Blackpool have achieved to realise it CAN be done. The talent is out there in the lower leagues and it is perfectly possible to run a football club within a sustainable budget. It is not compulsory to bankrupt the club bringing the likes of Crouch and Defoe in. OK so we may become a yo-yo club like West Brom, but it will never be dull will it? Et_tu_Pompeii, I sort of understand what you are saying and there is some merit in watching a "purer" brand of football albeit at a slightly lower level. I do wish we had a better standard of match official though!
    Emsworthianblue
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    31/12/2010 11:05:00

    But would you not say Russel that getting back into the Premier League would solve a lot of our money problems. We would come straight back down as it would go to creditors but the smallest investment in january could make a massive difference come the end of the year.
    PompeyJake
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    31/12/2010 12:07:00

     

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