Date:Tuesday February 22 2011
'The Inside Story on Portsmouth' show on sky sports news last night was interesting enough although, as I and many others suspected really, it did not really show us anything new did it?
I say that, and maybe I had heard this but it has not sunk in, but news that we need gates of 14,000 for home games was new to me - the most promising thing about that area was that we are averaging 17,000 or so this season, so that is encouraging.
There was also talk of Chinese interest in the club, something that 'might' have been briefly mentioned previously but I do not think had been doing the rounds this time?
We have known about Russian and UK interest but not the Chinese, as I say, this time around.
If SOS Pompey had a different message to the one that was portrayed on the show then this was not put across. The way this message came across was that they felt the club should have invested in players...
Whilst I, well we all can, see that we did need players to come in last month I cannot see how anyone can seriously justify wanting us to splash out further money on players?
Well too much anyway, considering that we still owe millions to creditors and are paying out millions, and more than we would want to, each month in wages.
Yep there is a 'duty of care' from the owners I agree, although, and even if it might not seem like it, is it not more of a duty of care NOT to increase debt further, so was that not actually the case last month?
We are short on numbers but there should be more than enough quality, and ability, in this squad to keep us up and that is priority no.1 this season.
By paying inflated prices that January's window invariably brings, and increasing a wage bill in the process, that would have pushed us further to our limits that are being stretched financially already, would it not.
I maintain my thoughts that the summer is when we will see a truer picture of what is in store...
There will be a MASSIVE turnover of players again, many of who are on massive wages, so they will go unless they take a dramatic pay cut.
For the players out of contract that are leaving, and I suspect there will be at least 4 of them, I reckon we could bring in at least double that amount in decent championship standard players and still be paying out less for all of them than we would these players.
Players out of contract, and minimal transfer fees paid will be the order of the day in the summer - this is not to say that the standard of player will not be good enough, they can and will be if we pick up the right ones.
Anyway, I do stray...
As I said the show was interesting enough, and actually portrayed the football club and fans in a pretty good light I thought, but it did not really divulge anything we did not really already know but threw up a few useful things and recapped a few others.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Tuesday February 22 2011
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