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Time For A Change Of Leader?

Forget the arguments about how much better this season is now as opposed to those previously and that this is probably the best team Pompey have ever had since the reign of Froggatt, Scoular, Dickinson, Peter Harris etc. What has to be focused on is the here and now, why (apart from the FA Cup win) is it that Portsmouth have been unable to win a match so far in 2007?

Naturally, many fingers will point at the front line, for they have only managed to score twice in over 930 minutes (that`s fifteen and a half hours to you mathematicians out there). But equally, it has to be said that the midfield has lacked any ingenuity as well. On Saturday against Wigan, the midfield was probably the most gutless and inept it has ever been. Without a good midfield to provide service to the attack or a good foil to assist the defence, Pompey will be easy meat for any side and with the Big Four coming to Fratton Park soon, medling with the midfield has to stop.

The need for a player to be able to open up a defence with that final ball or by taking them on is desperately needed for Pompey and the fans have been crying out for Niko Kranjcar to be given a good run. He impressed many when Pompey lost at Old Trafford in the FA Cup, yet a typical piece of 'Redknappship' meant he didn`t even make the bench for the following matches. Rumours are abound of a dressing room bust up, resulting in Sean Davis and Matthew Taylor being dropped, yet no confirmation or denial has come from Fratton Park.

Whatever the reasons, one vital ingredient that is most certainly missing from the field is leadership. Gary O`Neil is a hard working individual, but has he really got the strength of character to be captain when the going gets tough? What is needed is a skipper who can lead from the back, one who can see all that is going on in front of him. One who has experienced much in football, both at European level and at international level? So perhaps it is time for Sol Campbell to be given the armband, who else really is better qualified than Sol who has played on some of the world`s biggest stages?

What are your thoughts, should Sol be skipper or has Gary O`Neil really got what it takes to be a leader? Give us your point of view by voting on the poll to your right and perhaps a comment too either below or on the forum?




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The Journalist

Writer: TruePompeyBlue Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 5 2007

Time: 10:24AM

Your Comments

There's no doubt that Sol has a presence and have often thought that a skipper should be at that end of the pitch and not the attacking half.. It would seem right with his experience that this is a good suggestion
bluedr
dejan is back soon, will he get it back
VitalPompeyAdmin
Forget the leader, the problems are upfront. Redknapp needs to stop treating kanu like he's ronaldinho. No goals in his last eight league appearances is pretty unimpressive and not the time to be spouting off about how he'd like to move to Ajax and PSV and be paid 50k a week. if you look at the last eleven he's only scored once. hardly Mr prolific. We need an alternative to him. Benjani clearly isn't it. he's a provider. Lua-Lua has his head all over the place at present. So lets give Andy Cole or Todorov a run out together. I think Kranjcar is a midfielder rather than a forward. Given the opportunity to advance he will. Its not easy when Redknapp goes away playing 4-5-1 though. Give 4-4-2 a go instead. I think O'Neil should remain captain. Sol leads the defence superbly without having to wear the captains armband. Lets just get our act together for Manchester City next saturday and show the FA how wrong they were to let Stuart Pearce appoint himself England U-21 coach.
The Rabbi
Typical of you winkers to look for a scapegoat. Gario is Pompey and can lead the side. Sol is providing leadership anyway in the dressing room. You don't understand football if you think that is the problem.
delhiblue
Hope not, not sure if want/need him back, let alone capt.
storagematt
Why not have another poll? Which player should be dropped? That should help team spirit and the fans get behind the team. NOT.
delhiblue
delhiblue you a pompey fan?
VitalPompeyAdmin
no i am an effing scummer. of course i am a pompey fan. that is why i dont like this insult to GON.
delhiblue
but are YOU a real Pompey fan VitalfootballAdmin? Or just interested in getting eyeballs to your website?
delhiblue
Whilst i said i thought Sol would be captain a month after the day he arrived and have been surprided he isnt ever since, and G O'N did not play on saturday and would bow to no man from Dehli or anywhere else in my admiration for GO'N he has not been at his best of late. I do however have to agree to some degree with the only one of us who understands football i.e. delhiblue and agree whole heartedly with the Rabbi. We keep trying 4 5 1 away and it keeps not working and our strike force want to take the 1st plane to PSV or claim" death threats " or the other classic" im being forced out" every time they dont get what they want. and fans do have the right to complain after seeing such *****e for the last month.
russellm
thanks for your partial support russell! and yep fans do have the right to complain. i just dont like this move to single out players who are giving their best for the shirt. whether you rate gario and dejan or not, you can never accuse them of not caring or not giving it all for the club.
delhiblue
delhiblue it isn't my article mate!
VitalPompeyAdmin
it is a topic to be debated though, i voted Gary O'Neil to keep the job, he has been a loyal player to the club!
VitalPompeyAdmin
now Dehli that i agree with, Gary drove us on last season and i was 3 meters from Dejan in the blackburn game when he threw himself on the ground and over the ball and stayed there whilst Savage and Benni Mcarthy kicked lumps out of him. But Gary is not at his best and Dej has been found out too often ( not to mention the Tony Adams frustration affair)and i think he will most likely be a bencher for the rest of the season.
russellm
the "he" i was refering to was Dej. Does anybody know if Sol actually wants the arm band ? Anyway i voted Sol because i always thought he should be/ would be Captain, and now it might take pessure of G O'N who lest we forget has at least has scored recently... *forwards please take note ! If said change didnt work then i dont think either Sol or Gary would reject a role reversal that is one luxury we do have.
russellm
Sol is a solid defender and has played and scored in a losing champions lague final side , he also has a lot of experience international wise( i rember his header for england against portugal in euro2004) but im not admitting it went in because im scottish! ;)
calum72
delhiblue, I think you first need to get off your high horse and stop being so bloody rude! Secondly, you need to read the article again - not at any time has it been said that GON is a problem, a question was merely asked. If you were to attend the matches as often as we do then perhaps you may see exactly what we see -but I can only assume from your username that you are in fact many miles from here and therefore unable to make the journey. That of course is not a problem but it does mean that perhaps you are less qualified to say what you have if than those who go each week, home and away. Every supporter only wants the best from their side, each has his or her right to their opinion. You do not have to offend people the way you did in order to get your point across. And one final point - if you were to take the time to read the article properly rather than jump down my throat, you would in fact see it was I who wrote the article and NOT vitalpompeyadmin. Get a grip mate, we are all in it together, or do you get off on going blue on blue?
TruePompeyBlue
Interesting that 79% of those that voted all chose Sol though?
TruePompeyBlue
for niko isn't good situation when he play one match and than stay out of team for next 2. I think that the best way is: give him 5 matches to play and than we can see do we have big player or not....
andy croat 27
It would indeed be good to see Niko have a good run in the side andycroat, he has shown some excellent touches when he's played. Quite how he can command a regular place in his international side but avoid the attention of Harry Redknapp is beyond most of us. True he needs to sharpen up a bit as the Premiership is a lot faster than the football he's played before, but only experience will give him that and he cannot get the experience if he's not being picked. But I am certain he'd be outstanding if he played often.
TruePompeyBlue
TruePompeyBlue--- maybe that is true but he was laize for croatia too, he is something like robert prosinecki but robert is a genius for football, niko is not. In national team niko have NIKO KOVAC and LUKA MODRIC(he have and touch and lot of run, he will be big star), they run for him.... that isn't good..... he need big progress in that part of his football.... he have excellent touches but in modern football that isn't enough!!!!
andy croat 27
interesting points, he has played mainly on the left and no one does your running for you there.
VitalPompeyAdmin
i thought he was good against the Mancs but he does seem to get frustrated and then drift out of games, I didint think he was bought as a leftie originally. What he needs is to show people he is as enthusiastic as say.... as dare i say this.... GARY O'NEIL ( oh how could you TBP ....shame on you.... casting aspersions like that then trying to blame Admin :-)
russellm
Surely it doesnt matter who the captain is....These are all grown men and know thier own jobs, and should be motivated enough to play without the need for someone to yell, shout or slap them!?
pompey4me
"oh how could you TBP ....shame on you.... casting aspersions like that then trying to blame Admin :-)" Eh??? Thought I made it quite clear in that article that it was I who wrote it??
TruePompeyBlue
If playing in Europe is not enough motivation for very well paid footballers then all is lost.
Et_tu_Pompeii
Gary O'Neil for captain. As it was said before, Sol does his bit from the back anyway. We need a true Pompey Spirit to push us forward. GON is the person for the job. Now stop scwabbling you bunch of tarts!
POMPEYMEV
Who's squabbling? From where I'm sitting, this is a healthy debate, brought by everyone's opinions. It is interesting though to see different views. GON has come through the ranks as it were and is very energetic too. But the question asked was "has he really got the strength of character to be captain when the going gets tough?" Still only an open question, not a criticism at all.
TruePompeyBlue
yea TBP but we are going to blame you anyway, never get in the way of a good band wagon eh :-)
russellm
absolutely agreed Et_Tu.. i-) you carry on digging TBP, i reckon global warming is your fault to.....
russellm
 

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