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Harry: Smallest Squad Ever

Harry: Smallest Squad Ever

Harry is concerned heading into the new season;

'It is the smallest squad I've ever had at the start of a season. 'We are still at least four players short and a run of injuries would be very bad news for us.

'We've tried for a long list of big signings and the owner has been ready to put up the money for them. But other clubs just don't want to sell their good players and it has been a frustrating time.

'But we still have two weeks to put that right and we are still looking to do that. There is no way we can afford to wait until January."

Fernandes has now failed a medical although has made a significant improvement and the deal is not dead. Kanu waiting on key signatures on his contract with Gaydamek back from business today. Martins is today speaking with three clubs about a possible move. Distin looks likely to move to Middlesborough after being spotted there today.


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Date:Thursday August 17 2006
Time: 4:15PM

Comments

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doesn't look such a good decision to release so many players before getting replacements now does it Harry?
Steve C
17/08/2006 16:21:00
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yea agreed, whose fault is it for the bare bones now. but he'll pull at least 1 rabbit out before the end of the month
russellm
17/08/2006 16:28:00
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All the news is a bit grim today, any chance we'll have any signings confirmed tomorrow? Kanu probably I guess, as we don't want one up front on his own on Saturday.
Tantona
17/08/2006 16:32:00
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I agree, we should have found the replacements before releasing the players but its not as if the players we released were really that good anyway. You would assume that players would be jumping at the chance to join Pompey with their new ownership and finances but I think we needed to sign some big names sooner than we did. The players will sign for us, we just need them now....... not in a week or two.
POMPEYMEV
17/08/2006 17:07:00
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i dont really blame harry for this cos as we have all been saying Pompeymev, top class players are used to Top class facilities, and although we might are the best fans in the country (this must be true! i heard a bloke in Dorchester say it) the Martins, Muntari's et all who are used to playing in front of 40 thousand weekly do not know that. secondly we have already have some good players but if we are to have a good season we need a good squad
russellm
17/08/2006 17:21:00
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It's true that some of the transfers we've been linked with seem to have taken an incredible amount of time to progress. There may well be a case for looking at the way the club conducts it's transfer deals. Other clubs seem to just get on and sign players while we are linked with them, spend months saying it's nearly a done deal and then they sign for someone else.
Steve C
17/08/2006 17:35:00
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believe me Muntari plays for Udinese, who never play in front of 40 000 crowds at home. he might do so when they visit Milan, Inter , or Roma but he will do that when he travels to Newcastle, man u, Arsenal, Liverpool, etc next season.
The Rabbi
17/08/2006 17:57:00
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hey there's two milans in italy but i did forget about the relegations
russellm
17/08/2006 18:15:00
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only Juve got relegated. No player ever worries as much about the size of crowds he playing in front of as much as he does about the size of his pay packet.
The Rabbi
17/08/2006 18:19:00
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so nothing to do with European football then? lets say your right then why arent they coming ?
russellm
17/08/2006 18:24:00
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