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Deal or no deal? No deal by the looks of it...

Another of the things that I said earlier today, along with the thoughts that I 'suspected' John Utaka would be 'linked' with a move - which he has, was that I felt the longer the 'contractual dispute' with Mikey Brown and Richard Hughes went on the less likely it was they would play for us again.

The likelihood of this becoming the case became, from the looks of it, more likely today...

Steve Cotterill, talking to The News, has said that he does not expect that they will and is already 'planning for this' scenario.

Whereas David Lampitt, taking to Radio Solent, is more or less saying something similar.

He said that 'fair, reasonable offers' had been made so it is down to them although he would like to 'think' that they will play for us again: 'we think we've made fair, reasonable offers.

'The players are resisting those deals and that's their prerogative.

'It is a difficult one and obviously I'd like to think those players haven't played their last games for Portsmouth, but that's something that's not entirely in our gift.'

The worrying thing for me - putting aside the fact that it is 'pretty certain' we are going to become another couple players down permanently - is that a lack of clear communication between the chief exec and the manager 'appears' to be showing again, maybe not so much with this situation so much.

Ok, granted both have said that it is 'down to the players' although Cotterill's picture was far bleaker than Lampitt's. Perhaps Cotterill is being more up front or trying to apply more pressure with the aim of forcing someone's hand?

Whilst we as supporters want to be keep abreast of the situation, in a transparent way, I think that it is best that we start seeing the owners, chief exec and manager sing from the same hymn sheet more often, and increasingly recently it is looking as though this is not the case.

I know it is tough when people want to know what is going on, and in some ways it almost seems like it is a no win situation as many are unhappy when we hear news and many are also unhappy when we do not, although some things do need to stop being played out in such a such public way, and in varying ways by those connected to the club.

Whatever the chances of seeing Browny or Hughesy at Fratton again, as Pompey players anyway, seems increasingly unlikely...


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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Tuesday January 4 2011

    Time: 2:08PM

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    Lumpitt must stand his ground on this issue, the club must be financially stabilised and that means getting rid of these ridiculous unaffordable contracts. Hughes is not worth PL money and Brown cannot be more important than the club ; both can be replaced for less money. I'm more worried about finding a winger to replace Utaka and getting Mok off trying to run the defence and Dicko's rash play; HH or JR must take over that role
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    04/01/2011 14:55:00

    I think both players will sit out January trying to get moves to clubs that will pay better than we are offering,if no deals come through for them then I would like to think they are more proffessional than to sit tight and take the money we are paying them for the rest of the season.
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    04/01/2011 15:23:00

    Adam Hamill from Barnsley is attracting interest at about 500k and would be a useful addition should Uslacker move on. The players are out there but it's whether or not SC believes they are better than what we already have. Brown I think will get a move to another Prem/Champs club but Hughes I'm not so sure. Could attract interest from a scottish club would be my prediction.
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    04/01/2011 15:31:00

    Its depressing that this can't be sorted out. Hughes has gone on record saying he's prepared to do a deal - was he lying? Or is the club still not being managed very well? Lets shift Uslaka if we possibly can!
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    04/01/2011 19:00:00

    Hughes obviously isn't that prepared to do a deal then is he, if he's been offered what we can afford and he's not expecting it. bah sod em both, Browns been half the player he was last season and Hughes is barely good enough to play in the champ so theres no way he should be getting prem money
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    04/01/2011 22:10:00

    The club is in limbo & until Chanari sells, I expect very little excitement off the pitch. We are more likely to sell & at best get a few loans. Very much a case of struggling along, hoping to stay up.
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    05/01/2011 12:36:00


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