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And here comes the rough...

And here comes the rough...

The takeover at CSI has seen a level of optimism grow, and as I and others have said this makes a change! You 'hope' that this optimism is not missed placed - of course you do not get carried away with this optimism and retain a slightly pessimistic view, although all in all being open minded is the best way to be.

Another thing that I have said I 'thought' we had to be prepared for was a few bumps in the road...

With the rough comes the smooth, was an approach we needed. Some rough, and 'if' the reports in The Mail are true, we could be in for some real turbulence and our recruitment plans hit for six sixes!

It is being said that Tal Ben Haim, the same man who recently said he wanted to play for Pompey, is going to be suing us over unpaid wages...

Snippets of the article follow from here on in: 'Portsmouth's hopes of a brighter future under new Russian owner Vladimir Antonov have been dealt a blow by a £1.4million claim in unpaid wages by Israel defender Tal Ben Haim.

'Ben Haim, backed by the PFA, has taken legal advice and will make his case against Portsmouth at a Football League hearing in July.

The club have repeatedly said that he was not being paid since returning from West Ham, where he was on loan for the opening half of last season, and it would appear that this was in actual fact true - although it would 'seem' that this was not something we were legally entitled not to do!

'If' we have to wait for this to go to court, assuming it does, before making any signings - if we do have to wait? - then we are waiting until sometime in July to do this...

Matters 'could' be made worse by the added views in the article about a transfer embargo being placed on the club once more: 'if successful, a transfer embargo will remain in place at Fratton Park until he is paid, representing a huge blow for manager Steve Cotterill, who has only eight players under contract..'

Just what we needed eh!

Whatever the situation is here the need to ensure we get his £36,000 p/w wages off the wage bill have increased...

Hardly the start CSI would have wanted to their time at Fratton, or we would have wanted them to have, and this £1m plus bill could seriously hamper our desperately needed recruitment plans this summer.

A future with the club would be almost impossible for Ben Haim now so the 'likelihood' is that his contract, which as either 1 or 2-years remaining, will need to be paid up too?

Another fine mess PFC has found themselves in, it may have been inherited by pass regimes although the problem is one that CSI need to deal with and we need to hope that they can deal with this swiftly...

Above all else the thing that we really have to think about is, and not saying that this is not the case of course, what the papers say 'is' happening and what 'does' happen are not always the same are they!


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Date:Sunday June 12 2011
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Ermm .. as I sadi in the forum earlier this morning Rug...
If Pompey haven't paid him for so long there must be a very valid reason.. His 'alleged non payment' must have been a decision made by the new (old) regime (i.e post admin) and I can't see the 'squeaky clean' David Lampitt doing something dodgy or endangering the club There's far more to this than meets the eye I reckon .. and expect this to run on even longer.. Furthermore 'if true' CSI would have been made fully aware of it and would have accounted for any potential payment in the takeover talks.. As for the 'transfer embargo' .. the flaw in the mails report (which I take with a huge pinch of salt) is the inaccuracy that our transfer embargo (that we don't have) will continue.
12/06/2011 11:14:00
While I always take stories from the tabloids with a pinch of salt there is obviously something going on with TBH which seems to be related to his loan at West Ham which was arranged by DL, if we end up paying his wages this could turn out to be very embarrassing indeed for the club and DL in particular. I don't think CSI will be very impressed.
12/06/2011 11:32:00
Chix, I think you have a point and in my opinion it's backed up by the fact that Pompeys 4-5 court battles have all ended in Victory and one draw. Including getting monies for Muntari and KPB, Spurs want to avoid the sports court over Begovic;why if they are so right? Pompey has been adamant over TBH so I think there is at least a witnessed verbal conversation that goes in their favour.
12/06/2011 11:41:00
I suppose it all hinges on the length of the loan period and who should pay what. But surely he must be our responsibility since the end of the season?
12/06/2011 11:55:00
I have faith in Lampitt; he must have known that if he doesn't pay him, he could sue us... so I am sure he is handling it / will handle it well. Let u hopes we don't end up using all our transfer money to pay the most unwanted man in England!
Pompey Malta
12/06/2011 11:57:00
Also he has to sue us as his contract is with us. Whatever agreement was made with West Ham is between the two clubs.
12/06/2011 11:58:00
Further to the above, i can't see how the owners weren't aware of this risk, each company transaction has a risk register involved, it's part of due diligence and had Pompey not advised CSI, they ( CSI) would certainly have a claim against Chan. I do not believe this was a surprise to CSI in anyway. I would suggest that CSI have agreed with Portsmouth and that is why TBH is now suing.
12/06/2011 12:54:00
paper talk; purre and simple, mountains and mole hills . . in a week short on real news..make it up, add 2+2 make 17
plymouth graham
12/06/2011 14:58:00
I can see this being settled out of court with TBH accepting a lot less, as Chix says, DL isno mug and if he didn't thinknthey were in the right TBH would have been paid out by now. I just hope that once settled they can offload him, as he tarnished now so will never feature again. As for the Mail,their reporters are so poor, they never research their stories and just throw a storie together without all their facts. I.e. Pompeys transfer embargo continuing...? Wakey waist Daily Mail.
12/06/2011 15:49:00
Your right Midge, his reputation is tarnished not just for us, but possibly for future employers. Since moving to England he would have been on 30k+ a week since moving to Chelsea, and maybe even before. Despite having a good few years left in him (he is only 29), after a few injuries, a poor run of form and a string of high wages, he might find it difficult to accept any offers that come his way, assuming they will be from lower league clubs for a lot less money.
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