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Time For A Change Of Leader?

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?


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:TruePompeyBlue
Date:Monday February 5 2007
Time: 10:24AM

Comments

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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
05/02/2007 12:31:00
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dejan is back soon, will he get it back
VitalPompeyAdmin
05/02/2007 16:08:00
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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
05/02/2007 17:25:00
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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
05/02/2007 18:05:00
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Hope not, not sure if want/need him back, let alone capt.
storagematt
05/02/2007 18:05:00
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Why not have another poll? Which player should be dropped? That should help team spirit and the fans get behind the team. NOT.
delhiblue
05/02/2007 18:07:00
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delhiblue you a pompey fan?
VitalPompeyAdmin
05/02/2007 18:09:00
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no i am an effing scummer. of course i am a pompey fan. that is why i dont like this insult to GON.
delhiblue
05/02/2007 18:15:00
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but are YOU a real Pompey fan VitalfootballAdmin? Or just interested in getting eyeballs to your website?
delhiblue
05/02/2007 18:35:00
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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
05/02/2007 18:38:00
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