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Moving into déjà vu territory...again!

The Coventry defeat last Tuesday, a fair reflection of things or not, totally ended any 'hopes' or 'dreams' people had of the play-offs at the end of the season. Another 3-0 mauling at Cardiff at the weekend confirmed this beyond a doubt!

Combine both results and it has almost certainly 100% confirmed that another major rebuild at Fratton would be taking place this summer...

The vast majority of those on show against Coventry, and Cardiff for that matter, will be playing their final games for Pompey over the next few weeks - we have been there before a few times!

For many, if I am totally honest, I will not be 'that disappointed' when the time does come that they move on, for a few others that do I think it will be a shame as they have shown most weeks that they would be assets for us again next season as they have kept fighting and never gave up, but hey ho.

We just have to hope that whatever takeover is going to happen, if it does, happens sooner rather than later so we can actually do the rebuilding - on a sensible, realistic and sustainable budget - sooner rather than later so we do not end up seeing next season completely mirror this.

That said if we survived another season in the nopower next time round as things stand at this exact moment in time would that not be classed as another successful one, right?

Although some real stability, for the first time in what seems an age, would be much appreciated and make next season - whatever it brought - a little easier to follow than recent years have been!

It would be nice for us to have a summer though were we get things sorted out - and, I know I keep saying it, to a realistic and sustainable level - early and are not left scavenging for scraps and casts offs at the eleventh hour again. CSI, if it is to be you taking over, sooner rather than latter it is over to you.

It is my hope, beyond hopes, that this summer we can finally get to that point where we can just about clear out the remaining massive high earner 'hangers on', that we cannot afford to keep, and can finally get together a squad that is realistic to our club and one in our situation...

I think we can safely say that this deal 'is on'. By all accounts both parties want to get it right and they are looking to get it right. Finer points are being 'ironed out'.

'Word on the street' has it that Chainrai will not walk until the deal is stabile, the CVA guaranteed and the football league/FA are happy to approve, with it 'thought' that they are happy to do so, more or less. As always the Gaydarlek land is a problematic area but things will be done with this deal, with mid-may 'said' the targeted date for completion...


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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Wednesday April 20 2011

    Time: 2:30PM

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    Amen to that, Rug. Stability - with committed new owners, stability - with a team of committed players with (dare I say it for fear of being shot down by a certain party) no, or perhaps only one, loanees. Roll on this bright future :-)
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    20/04/2011 16:36:00

    Stability would be fantastic. I guess if you take a step back this season has turned out far better than any of us have thought might happen. PUP
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    20/04/2011 17:10:00

    Agreed Mick Tait, I'd have settled for finishing one above the drop zone and a relatively secure position, CVA returns starting and monies owed to Pompey starting to be realised; circa £2M is a big financial positive and 8% of the CVA funding and I understand some £800k owed is still to come. I would like a manager that is a bit more tactically clued up but Aigust 2012 will tell more about that I guess.
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    20/04/2011 17:58:00

    The most important thing this season wasn't going up, but staying up! We have done that and enjoyed the season I must say, because although many of us were sceptical about us being promoted again, we dared to dream. Thinking of it, if we had to make it to the play offs and by accident we get promotion, how on earth we were going to survive another season in the top flight? Also considering that the weaker teams will be relegated: Wigan, West Ham and perhaps Blackpool! Looking forward to a bright future too, and I won't bother us staying in the npower a couple of seasons until we are really ready to step up!
    Pompey Malta
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    21/04/2011 07:00:00

    I must say that this season, I have watched some of the most exciting football I have ever watched in my short football watching career. I must say its a shame most of it happened 20 minutes before the end of the game....... But never mind, I am looking forward to next season and I think Cotterill has done well this year.
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    21/04/2011 11:35:00

    Well we certainly have to rebuild because we only have 9 players remaining in contract and one of them is Tal Ben Haim! When you look at where we were a year ago, I would have pulled someone's arm off to be in this position now though, I don't just mean staying up easily with matches to spare, but the relative stability the club has now and imminent take over. I agree we have to hope the take over will be a positive one for us, because we don't know, and that it all goes through with at least much of the transfer window left. I also want Steve Cotterill to stay, he's done a fab job for us!
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    22/04/2011 09:39:00


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