Date:Tuesday July 10 2012
Sometimes someone, of something - in all walks of life - can outstay a welcome and the more this is done the more a sense of resentment towards them can grow.
With this the achievement or memories, no matter how great or fondly remembered, can be tarnish, sometimes beyond repair.
This, for me, is becoming more and more the case with Kanu...
To be fair he did not force us to offer him a contracts, these contracts was offered to him be people formerly at this club that had little, to no idea, as to how to successfully run a club of our stature - no matter how much they may preach to the contrary that they did!
The decision to renegotiate his deal, spreading payments of circa £10,000 p/w over a 3-year period always seemed a strange one but then again there was little option but to do this!
It soon became apparent that 6-months, 12-months at a push, was all we were realistically going to get from the aging Nigerian. Last season was pretty much a write-off and this season is going to be a virtual washout, assuming he is still here, which now seems highly unlikely given his no-show for pre-season training when this started on Monday...
Then again is a non-appearance at pre-season training, something that Kanu is notorious for I know, reason enough for a breach of contract to allow us to terminate the agreement?
For you or I, just deciding 'not to turn up for work' because you did not want to most probably would result in your dismissal - footballers should be no different and we should be allowed to fire him.
I appreciate everything that Kanu has previously done for us but the longer he digs his heels in and refuses to move on, under reasonable demands, to give us something back the more resentment towards him I have to say that I feel.
Again I understand that a contract is in place but is there no sense of decency to be shown by Kanu?
The chances are another club would have eventually snapped him up but lets not forget he was drifting along, literally 'training alone in a park', when we gave him a chance. To be fair in his early years with Pompey he repaid this, but we have also handsomely rewarded him for this, both financially and with our support as fans.
Had Kanu held up his hands and said 'you know what it is time to move on' this summer, without the demand of a full payout on his final year of the contract, he would have been a lifelong King, although for me he is no longer 'King Kanu' or 'King' I will merely refer to him as Kanu, and it is such a shame that this is now the case.
He has 'disrespected' us as fans, and Portsmouth Football Club as a club, by deciding not to turn up for training. He might have done this often in the past but this current point in time is so much different to most other summers, even if they have been 'difficult' too...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
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Date:Tuesday July 10 2012
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