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Another farcical situation

Another farcical situation

I guess really we should not be surprised with the developments with Aaron Mokoena should we?

A failure to secure a valid work permit meant that he could not turn out against Doncaster at the weekend - as it happens this 'possibly' could have been a good thing in a footballing sense.

The problem is he is a top earner and the longer this rumbles of the longer he gets paid to literally do nothing...

Quite who should have known about this, obviously Mokoena should, so who is to 'blame' is open to debate. From the sounds of it last week Steve Cotterill made it sound like he also knew but for whatever reason this was not sorted.

Today, talking to The News, he sounds far from impressed: 'he had better hope it is sorted out.

'I think that potentially he might have been able to get this sorted out a couple of weeks ago when he was suspended.

'So I'm a little bit disappointed about it and slightly annoyed.'

This is just another farcical situation and meant that he was a 4th highly paid footballer who could not be involved in a game for non-footballing reasons, and this is just ridiculous!

'Should' this prove to be Mokoena's fault, although I cannot see how the club would not have known more about the work permit issues, then I would assume that he has not been paid during this period when he has been unavailable?

Although I doubt it...

As it stands it is far from certain that this will be sorted out by this weekend, so he 'might' be forced to sit out another game?

From a defensive footballing viewpoint to be honest I would be selecting Rocha John Rocha anyway so I 'suspect' it is a straight choice between the two as to who partners Greg Halford.

That said, as previously said, with Jonathan Hogg suspended there is every chance - providing he is available - that all 3 will be involved against Barnsley anyway with some juggling around to include them all...

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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Tuesday February 15 2011
    Time: 9:47AM

    Comments

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    An admin oversight that makes the club look stupid & thankfully the issue didn't cost us the points, this time. Let's hope it doesn't happen again.
    storagematt
    15/02/2011 10:13:00
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    Turn the problem on it's head... it's far better he's not on the pitch and picking up a salary than being on it and costing us his salary plus no Rocha. Nice bloke and all that but heh!, I still can't work out how he was foisted on us in the first place.... Remember that little saga?
    cornypomp
    15/02/2011 11:25:00
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    With Jon Hogg out I'd rather see Halford promoted to the middle (or right with LL in the middle) than Moks, Moks is actually a better centre half than cenre mid in my opinion... Youre right about Moks being a top earner, wonder how much he is on... more than twice what he is worth thats for sure! Shame we didnt sell him when maybe we could have in the summer....
    pompeyweller
    15/02/2011 11:45:00
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    Mokoena is never a midfield player as he is unable to pass over even a short distance. No doubting his effort and strength bu t midfield? Nah!
    eastneydave
    15/02/2011 13:58:00
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    Storagematt, Cot has made it quite clear Mok the Weak was warned to check and he didn't; the immigration law is absolutely clear it is the applicant who is responsible for the timely submission of the documentation. Still silver lining an all that- he ain't got a work permit :-) I've met MtW and he's not stupid and he knew it wasn't submitted intime before he had to gobto Sth Africa- I do not believe it's just a cow up and the club should discipline him. Still silver lining - again :-)
    russellm
    15/02/2011 14:22:00
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    On football terms, I think you are being a bit hard on Moko. Ok, ok, he is not the best footballer around, but he was there giving in great performances on our way to Wembley last year! Some repect, at least! He is the club's captain afterall.
    Pompey Malta
    15/02/2011 19:27:00
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    The club can't just say it was Mok's fault; anyone employing someone on a visa needs to have the expiry date recorded and anticipate this for themselves. Perhaps ADmin Andy sacked any HR professionals and there's some YTS pimply youth in charge of contracts etc but, whatever, both sides are being less than professional.
    hammersmithblue
    15/02/2011 22:10:00
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    Pompeymalta- I see your point but Mok the Weak was given rather a lot of protection cover by players like Herman, Rocha and a certain Wilson. He shouldn't be the team Captain, the team constantly argue with him, particularly Rocha and finally the reason he shouldn't be team captain is either he didnt do what his manager asked and get his work permit sorted out, or worse, he left the country knowing full well that his work permit and ability to return was not resolved. Those would seem respectively a disciplinary matter or serious disciplinary matter. Finally he can't pass a ball more than 5M.
    russellm
    16/02/2011 08:09:00
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