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.
PLAY UP POMPEY!