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Final days, what should we 'expect?'

Perhaps 'expect' is the wrong word to use, as expecting anything always leaves you with the potential to be disappointed.

So, maybe 'hope for', in as much as what comes in and what goes out, is what should be happening...

As far as movement out goes if there is a budget in place for us to 'realistically sustain' what we had I cannot, and despite a player exit on Saturday, I still could not see much movement. We almost, even if a few 'high earners' moving on would ideally help, cannot really let too many go!

Dave Nugent has said he is staying until the summer, and I have little reason to doubt this as I cannot see why he would not rather leave himself with more options by seeing out his contract - see it out and then move on IS something he will do, anyone anticipating anything other will be left disappointed in June/July.

I had suspected that John Utaka would fall into the same bracket, along with most others that are out of contract this summer, although he has, surprisingly in many ways to be honest, moved on.

Richard Hughes and Mikey Brown, who despite 'reported' interest in both, seem no nearer an exit. Then again the chances are these will be last minute deals, should they even more on?

I dare say that the non-movement on their part is also seriously impacting on our ability to bring in at least one player, due to budget concerns. The departure of Utaka 'could', at least in theory, allow us to bring in a couple of good nopower standard players and still not be spending as much in wages as we were on his.

Well, at least we know all loan options have been exhausted so there will be no more of these.

Technically we can make more loan signings although this defeats the object as only 5 loanees can be involved in a matchday squad so what would be the point in bringing in anymore loans and always having to leave at least one loanee out each time!

I have it on good authority that we have pretty much 'stalked' Bradley Johnson, and have pretty much refused to take no for an answer from the player and Leeds. That said I also believe, by all accounts, that the message has finally got through to our manager that Leeds will not sale, at least at what we offered, and he does not want to sign for him...

Perhaps we have done the same with David Norris?

Any move for the Ipswich man, despite their league cup exit, would 'seem' to be unlikely with it more so that he will leave them on a free at the end of the season - maybe joining us?

Then again we cannot write off the chances of him arriving before 11pm on Monday, especially as Paul Jewell signed Jimmy Bullard on loan...

Steve Cotterill has said that he prefers to keep his options close to his chest, and is not even telling some of the coaching staff. I find this slightly odd, and this very much goes to show that he ONLY wants to do things his way and takes on board little, or nothing, that those around him share, or want to share.

I do not think that we should be 'expecting', or even 'hoping' for too much between now and the window slamming shut, although 'surely' we will bring in at least 1 player, more than likely 2, right?

David Lampitt 'should' be a busy many for the next 48-hours or so, and to be fair and honest I am sure that he will do what is best for Portsmouth Football Club and do his utmost to bring in some players, at bargain prices.

Doing this to ensure that we achieve what is something that is essential come May and the end of the season, survive in this league! Anything else would be a bonus...

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  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Sunday January 30 2011

    Time: 9:39AM

    Your Comments

    With Utaka off the payroll we have a budget to take on other more sensibly paid players but can we find them quickly?
    eastneydave
    John, 'have fun'. I am glad we have removed you from our wage bill, but I assume we may be having to pay you a sweetner to go as you did not submit a transfer request. I wonder how much?
    MickTait
    I dont expect any real further action until the February loan period starts when Portsmouth again go for the emergency loan proceedures. That's how I see Norris could become a Pompey player before season end. An Utaka replacement is another loaner I can see happening in February. If Brown waives away the contract extension he may stay until season end, otherwise we will find out if Hughes was previously telling the truth about wanting to play football.
    russellm
    The signing I'd really like to see is an assistant manager, I think Cot's determination to nit have one is more linked to imposter syndrome.
    russellm
    I wont be surprise if we dont get anyone tomorrow! I think it will be like last January when we didnt sign anyone (after the embargo) until when we got frees and loans outside the transfer window.
    PompeyFcMad
    Try and get rid of Hughes and Brown, particularly if they really aren't going to play a part....aside from that, any warm body coming in would be useful, cos when we get any injuries (more than we already have) we really are in the mire.....PUP
    BarneyArmy
    completely agree Barney was about to say pretty much the same thing, if they aren't gonna play get rid!
    pompeym@
    My hunch..Kevin Scummer Phillips. will come in.
    plymouth graham
    I'd rather have signed Jimmy Bullard on loan.
    hammersmithblue
    i think kevin phillips would pretty much make survival a certainty, i think he's quality....still. previous mentions, norris, reid, greening, tonge...all good names but i think norris most likely, hopefully with a couple more to follow, it will happen, more in i mean, it really does have to
    ruffcider
    I wonder if we are contributing to Utakas wages to the end of June... it wouldnt be a surprise if we were doing this and it will impact on the abilit to bring in any new faces. But, all in, Im not really sorry to see him go, such a shame we couldnt get 2m for him a year or 2 ago.. Maybe we will have a little more cash for Norris now..? PuP
    pompeyweller
    I don't think we got much for Utaka, I heard 500K (or even ). I do hope that Brown and Hughes move on. I agree with the points about we will probably get loan signings in February. Although its hard to tell what will happen because so far Cotters and Lumpitt have turned up our actual signings out of the blue and off the media radar, which is to their credit.
    tracyc
    What I'd hope for is at least one in for everyone one out, plus two replacements for Brown and Hughes. Need a replacement of Ciftci as I think SC has made his point there. So that's 4 not including any further departures......not a chance!
    bluedr
     

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