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The Dawning Of A New Era

In 6 days time, Pompey fans will have an idea of what sort of performances to expect from the new Russian Revolution. By working from the rear, New Portsmouth FC have a defensive coach as an Assistant Manager, an England future International in defender Glen Johnson, ex-England International defender Sol Campbell and England International goalkeeper David James. Uncapped England midfielder Thompson adds to squad depth and concludes a rather nervous transfer window (thus far!) for Portsmouth Football Club.

Attention must now be given to Portsmouth`s striking options. With Benjani Mwaruwari, Ivica Mornar and Lomana Tresor LuaLua all out with niggling injuries the only known strike force left is in Bulgarian Svetoslav Todorov. One of the major reasons Pompey were unable to compete for most of last season was a lack of striking ability and even the presence of Pompey`s record signing Benjani it seemed Pompey were looking at certain relegation.

One thing that drew me to my nickname of "pompey pessimist" was that some fans like me had a realistic attitude of accepting relegation but also accepting the bringing in of Benjani, Pedro Mendes, Sean Davis and Noe Paramot as squad building for the Championship in the likelihood of an instant return to the Premiership. So, naturally I am delighted that we survived to tell the tale of our wonderful club but if we do not sign a recognised prolific striker we will be in no better situation than we were in this time last season. I would love to see us in the top half of the table but I anticipate a steady first half of the season and a slightly more successful January transfer window.

Of course with the new Russian Revolution comes a new Vital Pompey revolution. I hope all of you are happy with our work, as without us you would have had an empty site all week as Les has been tanning away. Please do not forget that Vital provide match previews and match reports so always come and check what we have to say. Also remember that we offer our Pompey Rant, Fantasy Football League (6 days left to register your team!) and Pompey Night (first is this Tuesday!) for all of you to benefit and enjoy. Until my next article...


This article comes from Chris "pompey pessimist" your Site Advertiser and a part of the new Vital Pompey dream team. If you`ve got any ideas on how to make Vital Pompey even better then do not hesitate to e-mail me chrisguyattpfc@hotmail.co.uk.
Disclaimer: This article is a point of view from the reporter and in no way constitutes what others assume to be factual information.

By Chris

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 14 2006

Time: 8:50AM

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We need striking options sooner rather than later. Our current strike force would struggle in the championship. we cant rely on our midfielders to bale them out. Why a week before the season starts are we having this conversation though. Weve had since May to sort ourselves out. I know weve been turned down by a few strikers but lets be realistic Im sure Willie Mckay must have a few forwards in his vast roster. Huntelaar is a great striker with age on his side but we cant expect him to do it alone.
The Rabbi
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14/08/2006 09:33:00

Chris, There's nothing wrong with being a pessimist as when things go well as at the end of last season you are constantly being surprised and delighted. Love the site, the articles and the instant response capability. You and the team keep up the great work. Thankyou.
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14/08/2006 09:37:00

A solid defence is the base to start with, I believe we will get that quality striker, 5 live is still pushing the likely candidate to be Muntari . I also feel think Benjani will be ok this season and Toddy will be the supersub you sometimes need. As pessimist says we'll have a steady season until january and a better season after. However what does seem to be a fly in the ointment in regards to new players coming in january is the story of the stadium plans being dropped yet again, (guardian on line) this might have a negative effect on the possibility of new arrivals. Also according to the non tabloid press it seems Pini Zihavi is pushing out Willie McWa~*er who is lets be honest is a friend to no one but Willie. Zihavi is apparently telling anyone who will listen we are a team on the up with a two year goal of European football. i reckon home victories and a Sol managed away defence will see us to a comfateble 10th place. As long as we get that striker. Well done ruggers, i'd forgotten Les had gone.
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14/08/2006 10:48:00

oit lol most of that is right
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14/08/2006 10:57:00

according to one article i've seen on inthenews.co.uk on the transfer grapevine page Klaas Jan Huntelaar is wanted to replace Benjani who is going to St Etienne. God can't keep up with all this my head is spinning with all this talk. Can't wait to get a few deals done and the transfer window to close so my brain gets a rest for a few months.
Steve C
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14/08/2006 11:11:00

Hi les, hope you had a great holiday, I'm liitle bit less right now, various sources saying Benjani, subject of a bid from St Ettienne, hope its not true. Pre season he was one of the very few that looked quite good.
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14/08/2006 11:13:00

now D'allesandro's back in the frame according to FansFC if anybody heres a loud explosion it's probably my head.
Steve C
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14/08/2006 11:15:00

oops showing my ignorance there should've been if anybody hears a big explosion.
Steve C
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14/08/2006 11:17:00

RE the picture at the top, a Pompey mate of mine told me there was a guy behind the flag that let one hell of a ripper go and hence the sailor. Is that true?
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14/08/2006 11:48:00

pietro - cheers buddy, we try our hardest :) id like to seee muntari in a pompey shirt too russelm! ive also seen about the benjani call, i dont think that will happen, definitely not before this transfer deadline anyway! ive read the d'allesandro link too, i cant see him coming here after ditching us for some rubbish. ive read about the stadium: http://www.portsmouth.vitalfootball.co.uk/forum/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=786&posts=3
pompey pessimist
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14/08/2006 11:57:00

Fans fc are normally the last to pick up on the rumours but Redknapp did say on the radio when D'allessandro had gone that he "had a sneaky suspicion that the door was not yet closed to that option", but isnt Fernandes supposed to be his replacement. And as much as i dearly would love to see him back, he's not the 15 + goal a year man that we need, Huntelaar is a great prospect but isnt he a bit too young to be on his own? so its difficult to see whay Benjani would be let go, especially as people like me were wrong about the money being way over hyped and seemingly we dont immeadiately have to balance the books. I would love for D'A to come back though, he terrorised teams and apparently lashed out at the club because he was gutted to go.
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14/08/2006 12:06:00

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14/08/2006 12:14:00

Benjani is also being sold so we can get Forlan, is that what you call a BOGOF deal ?
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14/08/2006 12:14:00

I'd welcome D'Alessandro back with open arms, but didn't he go on a season loan elsewhere with a view to a deal after? Forlan interest apparently confirmed? sambache3592 brought this to my attention LAST WEEKEND. He told me that he'd been spotted coming out of a Portsmouth Hotel but we agreed it would be too much "speculation" so we decided not to follow it up. Imagine my surprise when I heard of a reported interest Sunday...
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14/08/2006 12:14:00

Think it would be silly to let Benjani go, he proved to be more than a goal scorer last season. His work rate and intelligent play was one of the reasons behind our escape.I think he will add goals to that this season and prove to be a great player. As for D'Alesandro love to see him back, his worth was in the way he bought other players into the game with his passing and vision. True he's signed on a seasons loan but that possibly still leaves the option for us to sign him on a permanent deal.
Steve C
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14/08/2006 12:22:00

Cheers Russ was brilliant thanks! Benjani has to stay
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14/08/2006 12:37:00

He will stay
robbie redknapp
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14/08/2006 12:42:00

for me it's a bit gutting that we paid 1.2 mill for james and west ham just got Robert Green for 2 mill acording to sky sports. That's the sort of thing that worries me about our club. Why didnt we go for him? Surely he is at least as good as James and shows long term thinking as opposed to the short termism that has been prevalent lately..... 10 th place yes, but dawning of a new era?
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14/08/2006 14:44:00

Have to agree with Russelm if this is really the dawning of a new era we need to be looking at younger players. Experience is good but so far we seem only interested in short term fixes. Glen Johnson on loan is short term. Sol Campbell wont be around for many more seasons same goes for calamity.
Steve C
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14/08/2006 15:24:00

*chokes* errrrrr the dawning of the new era needs a mixture of youth and experience combined. ashdown is our youth, kiely/james are the experience. in a years time i would anticipate we will go for a younger better goalie. what about this ben foster chap? are man u ever gonna play him coz he seems a good potential.
pompey pessimist
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14/08/2006 17:16:00

yea but pessimi, even if foster is available (fat chance) you know our Harry will be saying he doesnt understand why Steve McClaren still wont pick that peter shilton a keeper with plenty left in him yet.
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14/08/2006 18:20:00

dont knock that shilton goalie, he has still got at least 250 years left in him.
pompey pessimist
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14/08/2006 18:22:00

back to my rant what about that Isakson goalie who is training with MCFC , in his twenties and got world cup experience, why couldnt we go for him.....or what about that Carson fellah, he's gone on loan to charlton, what wouldd have been the problem with him? LoL or was it the way he tells em :-) bobom tsch
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14/08/2006 18:54:00

A bit gutted we didn't go Green, especially when you think what WH are paying. Same with Dean Ashton, we got have got him before them. He ain't overpriced at 7m now is he?
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14/08/2006 21:01:00

pompey pessimist plus another 50 as a squad palyer. stroragematt Harry would never agree with you especially when that David Plat is still drawing breath....and so under rated,...... on the subject of strikers, id rather of had Hartson than Kanu
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14/08/2006 21:56:00

The Dawning of a New Era - Pompey to finish mid table, something we haven't done in any division for a long long time. Can anyone go back to when we did. I seem to remember year after year of bottom section of Div 1, one year in between about 7th, Champions, then last 3 seasons in Prem where you know where.
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15/08/2006 03:08:00

By the way RussellM, Muntari is a midfielder who scored 5 goals in total in the last 3 years of Serie A so he ain't going to solve our scoring problems! I'll be happy for a striker who can score 10+ this season.... I reckon Preston's Nugent could do that....
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15/08/2006 08:10:00

yep stuart i do keep confusing my martins with my muntari's it's the desperation, as regards to Nugent, i agree he'd get 10+ and be a long term investment, I would love him to come but Preston say why let him go for 5 million now, when they can afford to keep him and sell him for 8 million next season. So i guess we will be looking abroad until the end of the transfer window.
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