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Like buses?

Like buses?

As the dust settles on the latest takeover at Pompey many thoughts have turned to the signings that we need to bolster the squad our threadbare squad.

In fact these thoughts have been on peoples minds for as long as I can remember...

With players, apparently, 'waiting in the wings' many would have expected, if not wanted, these signed, sealed and delivered already, certainly ASAP.

The longer it goes without this being the case people 'might' soon start to worry that this will not happen?

Although clearly arrivals must happen!

What I am going to say now is of course nothing more than speculation as I, or no one else for that matter, has any proof of this but it was suggested, during what seemed a lively 'Chew the fat with Chix' session on Thursday night, that the announcement of signings is being strategically delayed...

CSI are still to hold a press conference to announce their takeover at PFC so the 'thought' is that perhaps this will take place next week, and as a means of 'stamping their authority' or 'making an impression' that this could be used to announce a few signings at the same time?

So tying up a number of signings is being done now to do them in one lump sum to bring forward a bit of a 'wow' factor.

This theory does seem to make sense when you think about it and would certainly make an impression...

David Norris seems 'nailed on', so this is one that can almost be put down as a 'given' but name after name is being 'linked' also.

Gary, or was it Steven, Caldwell, Jason Roberts, Nathan Tyson, Wade Elliot, Brian Howard and Diomansy Kamara, among others, have all been 'strongly linked' in the past few days, most would be welcomed I am sure and, all in all, this calibre of player would please the natives, right?

One of these signing may no longer be Greg Halford though?

The Wolves man had been very vocal about his desire to return to Fratton although he has now told sky sports than he is looking to stay in the premier league and looking for a chance to prove himself with Wolves. That said he also said that he is 'expecting a call' from PFC about his availability.

Is he looking to speed along a possible return to Fratton permanently or making those aware, that are in the premier league and 'said' to be interested, that signing for them interests him?

Today, according to a comment that I saw made by someone on this site, sky sports 'understand' that Pascal Chimbonda could be on his way to Fratton?

Again, whilst this, in a way, would be another quality addition in many ways the guy is a real football mercenary and trouble seems to follow him so I am not so sure that his presence in the dressing room would be a good one...

Thanks but no thanks is what I would say to him to be honest.

Without wanting to 'speculate' too much could the signings we are about to make, surely, be like buses?

You wait for ages for one and then a host come along at the same time...

I do think that it would be good if we could start boosting the numbers sooner, rather than later, so if the next week could see this start happening, so long as these are 'sensible' and 'realistic' signings, on sensible and realistic wages and contracts, it will get the CSI era off to a good start.


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Date:Friday June 3 2011
Time: 3:56PM


Lets hope we get some players in soon. Some of them you mentioned i expect some of us wouldn't mind at all having at Fratton Park. As for Halford, i hope we do get him, i find it confuseing that a few months ago he wanted to stay and now wants to fight for his place in the premier league. I just writ about the Halford article in the Halford thread before i saw this :)
03/06/2011 16:16:00
As long as they just sign any old players to bolster the numbers, I'm more than happy to wait for the announcements! To be fair, Cotterill resisted bringing in lots of players last season who wouldn't bolster the first team, so I doubt he'll be bringing in too many 'Ali Dia's' or 'Mbesuma's'
03/06/2011 16:48:00
I heard a very strong rumour that CSI are really secret Southampton fans. Their plan is to not allow any more signings and to see how long 8 players can last in the Championship. The swines! Call a protest, release a statement, write an open letter, phone Bob Beech immediately.
03/06/2011 17:17:00
Why delay signings? The news gets out way before signings actually happen, so not convinced tbh. If you do the big bang approach it very quickly gets forgotten, the best way would be to announce a player or two a week. It sees like never ending good news that way.
03/06/2011 17:51:00
A squad in the championship to compete for a play-off place the least requires players who have some premierleague expereince. this would give us strenght, but we have to make sure we have the right ex-prem players. Last season, we barely had a player with no prem exp, and we didn't even get close!
Pompey Malta
03/06/2011 19:02:00
i don't think thats fair Malta, if we had actually had a decent amount of players all season long and hadn't lost 7 games in a row at the beginning of the season, i think we'd have been in the top 6 easy, if not higher cause our form might not have dropped at the end of the season
03/06/2011 20:39:00
It will be interesting to see what size squad CSI will be willing to fund, surely we cant go into the new season with another squad of 16-17, I would like to see at least 20 in the squad and since there are i think 8 nailed on players at the moment for next season there is certainly a bit of work to be done!
03/06/2011 21:50:00
Further to all the above points, whoever is brought in, because of the scant numbers at present, it will take time for them to bed in and bond. We can't afford another disastrous start like last season. Speaking of next season, can't wait, bring it on!
04/06/2011 10:31:00
total Emswothian, they need to start coming in soon and ideally we need the vast majority of the squad in place for pre-season so we can actually use this to get players to get to know each other on and off the pitch - i do not want another season where we spend the opening month or so with that being our pre-season in many way...
i really hope that this coming week does start to see some inward movement.
05/06/2011 09:52:00
A few in soon, but most in before pre season training, then still take advantage of the loan system, just to "horn the edge",I would like to see.
05/06/2011 11:50:00
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