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Who Are We To Question The Master

In keeping with my almost constant positive views this season, having complete faith in what we could achieve this season even if others havent I'm happy to take this road again and re-think if not retract some of my early feelings and views on Djimi Traore.

The first thoughts of Traore's signing were that of complete anger almost disgust at the thought of him being viewed as an improvement to what we already have here, I maybe even felt it an insult to Dejan Stefanovic and Matty Taylor that he could maybe be viewed as such. A good 24 hours worth of reflection and it isn't as bad as first thought, the pros far out weight the cons.

After speaking to several people, hearing lots of opinion and most importantly hearing some words of wisdom from my cousin (who I have to say has watched almost every Pompey game at Fratton Park for the best part of a decade since we were "old enough" to be able to do so on our own paying with our own money is enjoying this season as much as our Championship one - rightly so) despite Traore maybe not being the best footballer in the world and maybe not up with the names that we wanted in our fantasy football world the fact that we are sixth place in the best league in the world and Harry Redknapp has performed miracles this and in previous seasons (if he doesn't win the Manager of the Season then there is no justice in the world!) shouldn't be overshadowed.

Traore's signing totally shocked me and I'm not going to pretend that I think he's a legend now but maybe I let my initial reactions get the better of me but as I already said in my previous article I will get behind him and back him all the way as soon as he pulls in the Pompey shirt, as I do and will any other player. Also in view of what Redknapp has achieved we have to have complete faith in his judgement (again as I've previously stated here and in other articles) as I've been more than convinced by the vast majority of his previous signings and believe that if Redknapp likes Traore and thinks he'll be good for us then forget his past; keep that where it belongs and look to the future. Redknapp can buy who the hell when he wants as he rarely if ever lets us down here. Who are we to question a man; no a god that has us standing amoung giants!

Traore comes here as a Champions League winner and is still in his mid twenties so regular football under fans that don't get on his back every two minutes (despite views from some on another "fans site" wondering how long it will be before he is booed by us!) as they expect too much because they think they have a god given right to be the best (Liverpool fans), are in total decline and are struggling at the wrong end of the table (Charlton) in a decent team (Pompey) under a leader like Redknapp god only knows what he could get from him!

As regards to my feelings on the money side of things lets not kid ourselves we don't have any money, I know it, you know it and Pompey know it. With a stadium that holds less than 21,000 gate receipts will be less than 750,000 every other week add merchandise and we still fall short of 900,000. What other means of generating revenue non-football related do we have? We don`t have hotels, massive luxury corporate boxes et al like Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, United and so many other Premiership clubs. So gates receipts in theory only cover our wage bill I'd think. We Have SKY and advertising money but our generated income probably only matches our outgoings so to think we could spend 5-10-20 million on a player is crazy! (I'd like to thank my cousin here as a lot of the theories are his theories but are theories that make a lot of sense and you have to agree with them don't you?)

So let's stop this nonsense and get behind the team fully no matter who they are. With Pompey playing with twelve men every week we are given an advantage before a ball is even kicked so until such a time comes (if it ever does) when we can spend 5 million, 10 million or more a player lets keep things realistic and not get as caught up in the media hype as maybe we have been, and carry on riding on the crest of the wave enjoying every minute.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 12 2007

Time: 12:30PM

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haha yer agree lets back Harry
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12/01/2007 13:03:00

who are we??? the season ticket holders, the people who buy the shirts, shorts, cups and other merchandise, the people who sign up to pompey world, take an intrest in the club, people pompeyrug who participate in web sites like this, in other words the fans the reason the club exists.... LoL now i have answered your question i shall read the article.
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12/01/2007 13:57:00

good read that ruggers
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12/01/2007 14:12:00

Whatever we do for Pompey as fans, let's give HR the chance to prove he knows what he doing. We question everything that is our right as die hard supporters buit even if we get the oddball you don't know until you give them ago. Thankfully the majority work.
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12/01/2007 14:23:00

Totally agree with storagematt, look, if the kid sucks, we can moan then! lets just get behind the team & have a great second half of the season, i cant remember the last time I was so happy with the team, & its bloody nice to not have to worry about relegation!! Awsome article Rug!
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12/01/2007 18:39:00

Apart from the obvious, HR has not let us down since his arrival and only disappointed us occasionally. In that time he has bought loads of players some of which appeared to be a seriously dodgy spin on what we wanted or expected. But by and large, they either worked out spectacularly or turned out to be cover buys, unresponsive to the task and so moved on or left in the reserves. I personally like players with a bit of character about them (so long as they're not complete crap with it) and it's a bit of a tradition at Fratton to have these flawed characters. Djimi seems to have polorised opinion at Anfield but that means a bunch of people liked him and thought he was worth his place. Charlton don't count. Bottom line, I'm feeling positive.
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12/01/2007 19:03:00

You don't play 142 games for Liverpool unless you have a reasonable degree of talent ! One of Harry Rednapp's greatest attributes is his amazing memory - he remembers games from years ago as though they were yesterday. He's seen enough of Traore to know this guy's got talent - just like Noe Pamarot whom he paid a similar amount for. Djimi may not be our number one left back once Dejan and Pamarot come back, so I think he's a better reserve than Griffin - definitely 750,000 quid better than Griffin in terms of experience at the highest of levels!
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13/01/2007 02:00:00

Well we got 3 Spurs rejects this time last year and one maybe two were instrumental in our revival campaign that saved us from total obscurity. now we grace 6th position in the World famous ENGLISH Premiership. Harry has an eye for talent or a cheap buy that he can convert into something more sparkling - any links with Only Fools and Horses is of course only accidental. Let our Minder do what he thinks best, come May I don't think any Pompey Fan will be critical of HRH Redknapp, whoever he signs.
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13/01/2007 06:47:00

If he's good enough for Harry,then he's good enough for me.
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14/01/2007 10:00:00

has any body else read the article about the interview with sasha apparently europe is not this seasons aim hence not a spending spree instead stabilising our club and the taking them forward is his first objective. his second worries me abit because he admits he is growing very frustrated with the current stadium situation and does not want to wait. lets hope this does not infuence him in the negative way it has to past chairmen of pfc.
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14/01/2007 21:35:00

sasha is just playing things down at the moment in the media concerning europe. the more the fans expect it, the more fans expect him to cough up transfer money. as for Djimi Traore being good enough for liverpool, my lfc supporting mate said he's one of the worst players ever to don a red shirt. that said he didn't look too bad on saturday but there's plenty of time yet....
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