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The most likely of the least likely!

'Richard Hughes is the most likely of the 'excluded' trio to play for us again', not my vote, yours - although these findings from pompeyrug's poll are thoughts that I tend to agree with, but still think none of them playing for us again in the most likely scenario to be honest...

As said I am not expecting Hughes, Tal Ben-Haim or Mikey Brown to play for us again - I think we all know the score here and all have our frustrations with it.

The most annoying thing, as I suspect we ARE picking up the tab for Ben-Haim, and that is some 38,000 p/w or so, is that we are paying out what must amount to the best part of 80,000 p/w, more than 300,000 p/m, on three players that cannot/will not do anything for this club!

That amount of money is a lot for any club, especially without any return, an absolute fortune for us at this time...

It is 'said' that things are 'complex' and 'difficult' with the situations not straightforward?

The new contract that Hughesy and Browny would get, should they play that extra game, would apparently have kicked-in with immediate effect with them getting paid the reduced salary from that point.

So, to be fair, you could see why they would not agree to that idea.

Although I cannot see why they could not simply have agreed a deal to remove the clause altogether and simply play out their existing contracts, which they WILL get paid full whack for anyway, by actually playing, after all that is what they are paid to do, and then talk again in the summer about a reduced contract or just move on?

It really cannot be that hard can it?

So, I find it hard to have too much sympathy for these two as it seems - be it down to them or actions of their agents/representatives - that they are happy to just sit out their contracts and pick up the cash.

What the deal is with Ben-Haim is anybodies guess!?

What is almost certain is - like I say - I would imagine we are paying his full wages during this dispute between him, us, West Ham and whoever, which is ludicrous as we have this to 'potentially' contend with until June 2012 as things stand...

  • What the poll asked - Who is most likely to play for us again?

  • How you voted - None 52%
    Hughes 41%
    Ben-Haim 4%
    Brown 3%

    Before we move on what are your thoughts on what the last poll concluded? You know what to do, thoughts below please guys...

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  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Thursday February 17 2011

    Time: 10:30AM

    Your Comments

    If any of them were going to sign on they would have by now. They will just train, pick up their wages and not play football all thanks to the Storrieteller!!
    eastneydave
    I actually don't think I want any of the back in anycase. I don't feel I miss Browns embarrassing whining or emabarrasing thug tackles or for that matter Hughes embarrassing lack of football skills. The other one is just pathetic.
    russellm
    - apart from that they're ok :-)
    russellm
    Russelm, can't agree with you on this (apart from the Sorrieteller bit of course). I think the players should have had the professional pride to compromise, they are already rich for heaven's sake, but from a footballing point of view Brown has been sorely missed. It's no coincidence that our downturn in form coincided with his absence, every team needs a terrier like him in midfield and he has a surprising amount of ability on the ball. I also think it's a bit harsh to say that Hughes has no football skills, if he could actually play a forward pass he'd be a good player. Still, it's all academic now isn't it?
    Exgaffer
    Mr Ex I can understand why people feel the way that you do, but Pompey were in trouble in the defence and leaking stupid goals long before Browns departure, it's also worth noting that he missed games because of his disciplinary record and was amassing enough points that he was two cards away from another suspension, or was being hauled off for the same. Pompey had a real reputation with media and fans, and judging by some of the decisions that went against us- Refs as well - for poor discipline and it was thoroughly deserved. Cotterille even had to come out and claim it wasn't the case. It is no coincidence that the discipline is improved without Brown; although Halford and Kitson are trying to make up for him. I'm sure you are right and we've missed him a bit - a bit- not enough to want him back.
    russellm
    Really disappointed with Hughes. I can never understand why we kept him, he was never a prem player and just a bit player at Pompey, yet we still paid him more wages than he was worth. Don't see anyone wanting him when his contract runs its course at the end of the season and I doubt Pompey will negotiate with him. His career may end prematurely, unless he has a new contract already in place with some other poor sucker club. As for Brown, what's the chances he retires at the end of the season?
    Fratton del Sol
     

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