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The clock ticks down...

What clock?

Good question really, as we do actually have a few ticking down at the moment but whilst the clock that is ticking down until the latest meeting with HMRC - which very well could end it all for PFC this time - and with that the clock to find a new owner is also passing by the clock in question at the moment is the one that is nearest to reaching the zero counter...

This clock of course is the one that signals the end of the January transfer window, which comes at 11pm tomorrow - I would have thought midnight, but apparently it is 11pm?

I think that the vast majority expected 'fairly' heavy movement outwards of Fratton, but thus far only The Herminator has moved on, and this - as much as I like, respect and admired the guy - was in our best interests really.

As I think we all know a definite interest in Jason Pearce and Joel Ward from Ipswich is there.

Plenty of 'rumours' are also saying that Stephen Henderson and/or Dave Kitson are also wanted by The Tractor Boys...

More than once I have said that I have little doubt that Pearce and Ward want to stay, and this is something that Pearce has voiced himself, although he also knows it is 'out of his hands.'

What will happen, who knows: 'it is all out of my hands, all I can do is give 100 per cent for the club.

'I love the club and everyone knows that. I want to stay but who knows what will happen.

'It is nice to be talked about and wanted but I have to just get on with my job. I'm a Portsmouth player and that is all that matters.'

It was said last week that his 'departure was imminent', thus far we have managed to hold out and go into the final 36-hours or so with Pearce still a Pompey man, and Pompey scorer having netted in the weekend win.

Will he be a Pompey player come February 1st?

That is another matter altogether and really only time will tell...

Appy knows that players possibly, maybe even probably, have to be sold but remains in the dark as to what movements, if any, are actually going on: 'if people make bids for our players we have to listen as we have a big bill to pay on February 20.

'I had one conversation with Paul Jewell two weeks ago after their initial bid for Pearce and Ward.

'It wasn't acceptable and I have spoken to no one from Ipswich since.

'I keep hearing about second and third bids but until Ipswich tell me they are interested I will carry on working with my players.'

The latest 'speculation' surrounding Pearce, Ward and Henderson is that Ipswich are trying to 'sweeten the pot' by adding Grant Leadbitter and Damien Delaney as makeweights in the deal?

Midfielder Leadbitter would be a permanent arrival, on a free, and defender Delaney in a possible loan deal until the end of the season - although the Ipswich based reports also say that neither player could be that keen on joining a club in 'turmoil', like PFC are.

Now all we can do is play the waiting game, even if it does suck...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 30 2012

Time: 8:51AM

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"not keen on joining a club in turmoil"..now there is a quote. where as our lads do not want to join Ipswich...Touche.. If a Premier Lg team came in for JW and/or JP i would wish them well..but to leave for a team that is not as good and for a manager who is NOT AS GOOD..would not further their career. Especially as we are only short of a player or two to get promotion, or at least have a good stab at it. I am hopefull AA and DL will sort out new owners today or tomorrow..whats happening with Howe and Wolanin?
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30/01/2012 09:31:00

I think Rug your first thought about timing is right, the FL has always accepted bids up to midnight. The players comment might be enough to put of Jewell; does he really want a player that doesn't want to play for him? Shame Ward hasn't spoken out but maybe that's unfair of me. Tbh once again becomes a major financial issue, disposing of him would make the club viable on the tax year vis HMRC and that would certainly damage HMRC's chances. Im taking it as positive that Cala has stopped talking to the news- this futile hope is based oon the principle that when he said his lawyers were talking to portpin
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30/01/2012 09:43:00

Sorry about the dble post - flipping iphone . I don't think AA can legally force a player sell as Pompey are not in Administration, I also don't think he wants to - just about everything he's spouted has come with a caveat of staying in this league, although I would rather see players go and relegation as opposed to Pompey ceasing to exist- AFC is a nonsense to me pedalled by wannabee owners and managers- still we are two or three weeks away from that scenario yet.
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30/01/2012 09:50:00

Time isn't on our side but I still can't imagine that Chanari will let us go under & he loses his 18-20m he is demanding. As for Howe & co. wanting to buy the club, I heard a story that AA wouldn't give them the forms to apply, which seems fcking mad!!!
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30/01/2012 11:26:00

Looks like Ryan Williams will be first out for 500k as he is talking to Fulham! And I have sorted your problem Russell!
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30/01/2012 13:25:00

Maybe he remembers their bid from last time, Matt.
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30/01/2012 13:53:00

AA can not pick and chose who he will allow to have the relevant paper work if they can provide proof of funds otherwise what is the point having an independant Administrator...and how is Cala a better potential buyer.. i would rather williams go than the two J's..but we need another 2.5ml
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