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Pompey The New Chelsea?

On the face of it, of course not. The money of Gaydamak will never rival the money of the world's 10th richest man, Roman Abramovich. But when you look into certain aspects of the new 'Tsar' regimes, there is one similarity that is obvious to see, and this is in the transfer market, and the over inflated prices both clubs are now facing.

When Abramovich first took office within the Chelsea village, transfer prices in europe, as well as around the globe, had deflated to something that we could at least to deem to be acceptable. Within a few weeks however, it seemed the transfer market have gone mad. Glen Johnson, who of course will replace Brian Priske in the Pompey right back position next season, was signed for what seemd an incredible £6m for an unproven 18 year old defender, whilst Chelsea also spent what now seems like a ridiclious £15.5 million on Adrian Mutu. Juan Sebastian Veron was also signed after a terrible spell at Manchester United, for what again seemed like silly money. 30 year old Andrij Shevchenko was of course also added to the squad this summer, for that also seems like a crazy £30million for a man of his age, and at this stage of his career.

What has all this got to do with Pompey? Well I see the same thing happening again, albeit on alot smaller scale. Curtis Davies for instance is a fantastic defender in my eyes, who was somewhat of a shining light for a pretty poor West Brom side last season. Figures of £10m however being quoted to Pompey are nothing short of a scandal, and for me, the high profile capture of half the club by Gaydamak in January (and of couse now the full 100%) has priced pompey out of alot of potential transfer targets inadvertidly, simply due to the fact other teams see us as 'Moneybags Pompey' all of a sudden. I asked for instance a French contact of mine only today, to ask him about our latest link to Thomert of Lens and figures of £7m being quoted, only for him to laugh and confim by fears, that now, us at Pompey, are being held ransom in the transfer market. It seems like now at Pompey the only players that can be signed at a reasonable price are those who are outcasts, or good players who are overpriced (i.e Fernandes) as well as players who are simply undesirable to the wider transfer market, the classic example being Anelka.

The club now has to move onto a new era, Mandaric is gone, Sasha is now the main man, but one thing's for sure, let's not get on the back of the new man just yet like I have heard fans already do simply because of our lack of summer transfer activity. Is it better to bide our time and wait for the right player at the right price to come along? Or pay the big bucks and have Pompey's version of Veron or Mutu come about? I think we all know the right answer to that. Let's just give the club time to get it right, and get the players that will get us into the top half of the premiership, rather than the wrong players, for big bucks, that fans have pressured the club into buying.

Play up Pompey,

James Copeland.

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Date:Saturday July 22 2006

Time: 7:41PM

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Think back 5 years & under MM we were still sh1t. You couldn't dream of winning Div1 & then 3 seasons in the prem. Dare we dream were we maybe in 5 years time. It may take a season for outsiders to take us seriously & we may have to pay over the top to get what we want now. Though the stadium will make a lot of difference. Just hope nothing daft happens in the short term, like a not so great start, pressur on HR & we have an Israeli running the show. Can't help but be cynical at times. After 30 of thin & thinner, let's hope the last 4 years are just the tip of the iceberg ...
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22/07/2006 21:31:00

Couldn't agree more SM, these have been glorious years and they can only keep on getting better. Looking at how we played at the end of last season coupled with (hopefully) some extra classy players being brought in to further improve us, I can't help but feel a rush of optimism....top ten is certainly a realistic target this season and beyond that, who's to say that we can't go after a UEFA spot in the coming years?
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22/07/2006 22:25:00

As for the way other clubs seem to be treating us when we come in for their players, all I can say is that it's going to be a real challenge for Harry/Storrie etc to get the players they want....at least they're setting their sights high, so if we have to settle for 'second choice' it will still be a strong addition to the squad.
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22/07/2006 22:28:00

Yep, things can only get better, we need to look forward and not back as forward is the only place we are going now. Let people laugh at us when we say this, but we'll get the last laugh, and laugh loudest!!! Why not look towards a place in Europe in the coming seasons, why should we not think it is possible. If we don't pay "silly" money for players we'll not be taken advantage of, stick to our guns, sure it may mean missing out on some players but there are hundreds, thousands, millions more out there and if anyone can unearth them 'Arry can!
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23/07/2006 01:04:00

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23/07/2006 03:10:00

Mini-me the next Air Jordan? Montie the next Tiger Woods? Put down the beer and sober up for like a month.
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23/07/2006 03:58:00

Exil says, ' You'll never be up there with the big boys'.... Do you mean like Colchester/Hull/Southend.....clown
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23/07/2006 07:23:00

As for mini-me being the next air jordan, why would a dwarf aspire to be a pair of trainers??
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23/07/2006 07:25:00

Monte was around long before Tiger, even if he's not as successful. Just because Tiger's great he'd not want to be him... From what I've seen around on Vital Football you don't have a lot constructive to say about any team really do you USA? I assume you are a Chelsea fan, and seem to have nothing but negative thougts about every other team. I'm not anti-Chelsea, or anti almost any other team, with an obvious exception, but it's obnoxious people like you that make others hate your respective teams!
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23/07/2006 11:45:00

You'll not be the next Chelsea! No-one will hate you as much as they hate us!
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23/07/2006 14:20:00

People always hate the team that wins don't they, especially if the continuiously win. Most of the so called hatred is merely jealousy. Fans, no matter how much they deny it, wish there club had the money to spend that Chelsea do.
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23/07/2006 14:40:00

What ever is that scummer talking about. What a silly****!!!!!!!!!
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23/07/2006 23:36:00

Yes the Scum have won alot of English titles haven't they...lol
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24/07/2006 00:37:00

And another thing their leading poster on the scum site has 3 points. Goes to show what depth of support they have...flamin' non-existent. Useless prats can stay in the lower division and rot.
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24/07/2006 00:41:00

I've stated on our (Chelsea) site that I have a lot of time for you boys, and that we have a lot in common - wishing you all the best for the season - cant help but feel you'll get UEFA Cup if you sign Stephen Appiah - he is absolute class.
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