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Refreshing but do I feel pity?

Refreshing but do I feel pity?

It is a hard life being a footballer isn't it?

You train a couple of hours a day, maybe not even everyday, and then play once, sometimes twice a week and all for - in most instances - more in this week, even at the lower end of the scale, than most of us in a year!

Add to this the fact that the majority also get paid up to 2-months wages quite literally for doing nothing during the off-season...

Whilst Ibrahima Sonko seems like one of footballs genuine 'nice guys' am I being unkind in saying I have little sympathy for him that he has shared thoughts of disappointment and frustration at playing little in the past 3-years for his mighty salary?

£20,000 p/w, £14,000 of which Pompey paid him last season to spend the majority of this sat in the stands doing nothing, is something that he has said he felt bad about doing. Sonko's views are somewhat 'refreshing' yet he took the money all the same...

Do not get me wrong if clubs are going to throw this money around these players will accept it and hardly any will say 'ok, I am not earning this so lets call it a day!'

Sonko, as nice a fella as he seems, is not a very good footballer when all is said and done and 'footballing rules' or not I do not think he would have been involved at many clubs as much as he might have wanted. If he ends up getting a new club this summer and picks up ¼ of what he is currently on he will do well. He is not short of a bob or two mind so I suspect he can afford this cut.

Nice guy perhaps, get angry with him for what he got paid without earning it at Fratton - on the whole - I will not but I will also show him no pit, in spite of a somewhat refreshing attitude to his situation, at his 'horror' 3-years. Why should I...


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Date:Thursday June 16 2011
Time: 3:38PM


Bottom line is that he feels bad for picking up a good salary for a job he isn't good enough to do .. Would I feel bad under those circumstances .. Hell no !.. Make me MD of XYZ Co. Ltd and pay me a fat cat salary any day of the week .. would I feel bad if I cocked a few things up .. nah .. don't think so ..
16/06/2011 16:34:00
Looking at the statistics you'd notice that he is not capable of breaking into a first team... I wonder what SC was thinking when he got him here. I just hope SC has more time to think about this season's loanees so we won't end up doing the same sort of mess... this includes Dicko!
Pompey Malta
16/06/2011 17:20:00
Pompey Malta, I think you'll find we had to take someone to stop us forfeiting games and losing points. Therefore Sonko or another of same lesser quality compared to someone like de lait and you have to wonder why? But sonko or another points deduction,possible fines, and I think we all have the answer why. Simples lol
16/06/2011 18:22:00
I seem to remember a couple of games where he played pretty well after a short run in the team...but these were definitely the exception to the rule, and he just didn't cut the mustard often enough. I wish him well, but he's gonna struggle to command the same wage at his next club I feel.
16/06/2011 18:50:00
Whilst I don't feel sorry for him, I do understand where he is coming from. I had one or two Pompey footballer stay with me years ago, and I must say they seemed to spend a lot of time sitting in the Hotel lounge staring into space. They were lonely, homesick and very, very bored. Friday nights and Saturday mornings were dreadful, they would be on edge and living on their nerves. And they were the lucky ones, I suppose, cos they were playing. Not sure that that would be how I'd want to live my young life - I don't care how much they were paying me.
16/06/2011 23:48:00
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