Date:Tuesday October 16 2012
Another coupe of quiet days at Fratton Park but let me keep you up to date with what has been going on.
Appy has been making it known that he is keen to hang on to the services of striker Wes Thomas who is on loan from League One rivals AFC Bournemouth.
The loan deal expires after the game at Sheffield United in two weeks time and with the current run of form and the form of Thomas the move is fully understandable. Some eyebrows were raised when a striker from a club at the same level was brought in but Wes has soon shut up the doubters.
The Cherries of course have a new boss in ex Pompey defender Eddie Howe and he told the press over the weekend that the current squad is too big and he was looking to trim it in the coming weeks. That sounds promising but he will also want to look at all of his assets and with Thomas scoring and forming an impressive partnership with Izale McLeod I believe the future is very much up in the air on this move.
The rumours surrounding the future of boss Michael Appleton continue to grow with Bolton and Burnley both in the frame. Of course neither club has made anything official but with both needing a new pair of hands at the helm expect appointments soon.
Most expect Owen Coyle now 'released` by Bolton to return to his former club but as he left under a cloud of Judas taunts that might be a tricky one for the Clarets. Mick McCarthy is now the favourite for the Turf Moor job.
Of course Judas is one thing that would never be aimed at Appy as he has been through so much for so little in his eleven months at Fratton Park. The job though is far from complete and I for one hope he gets the chance to complete it with both hands free and a reasonable budget to play with.
Only time will tell though.
It still goes on and on.
Today Mike Hall tells us that Andrew Andronikou claim that the thing holding up Portpin taking over is PKF. They hold the cash currently in the club, which I gather may be over £3m. PKF want to deduct their fee before they pass the balance to the new owner.
Meanwhile Dr John Beech, head of sport and tourism applied research at Coventry University and a well known Pompey fan has told the News that he believe the Trust hold all the cards and that the Ground issue will have to be resolved in the courts.
With all this to and fro-ing I would suggest he might mean a tennis court - if he does we are in a hell of a long tie-break!!
Rug is taking a well earned break so if you need to contact us drop me a PM in the Forum and I will get back to you.
Date:Tuesday October 16 2012
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