Vital Football

The end of the development squad

The end of the development squad

Pompey are to call time of the development squad...again!

This, to act as a bridging gap between the academy and 1st team, was brought back in 2010 but Richie Barker has decided that the academy talent coming through now needs to be ready to step straight into the 1st team as they will now longer have the buffer of the development squad.

If Barker is going to give youngsters a chance that are deemed good enough, from the age of 16 or 17 upwards, happy days so part of me understands this reasoning although another is worried about what this actually means for the future of our academy?

All being well it does not mean this is the first steps taken into disbanding the academy, which remember - not that I am saying this will happen - was something that had been viewed as perhaps being removed as part of the takeover.

We need to be self-sufficient and if we cannot be bringing through our own players, which we will not without an academy, we cannot do that.

Having just a handful of players in the development squad does, basically, make it pointless but I still feel that we need something to act as a bridge between the academy and 1st team, but something that can also act as an area for 1st team players to get some football if they are out of that picture or coming back from injury.

This is where reserve football comes into its own.

If we have a squad of 1st team players, including youngsters, of 20-30 then there must be a benefit to a reserve side coming back - over age players could play in development games but a reserve team play regularly in a league so is a worthwhile exercise surely?

I agree with Barker that, without the facilities and funds available to justify such an outlay, a development squad is not a priority for a club in our position but once again maintain my view that some form of bridging gap is.

Hence a reserve team being set-up again has to be something we need to be looking at again at least as without a development squad too I worry about the future of our academy...

Follow @VitalPortsmouth.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Click here to make your prediction: Exeter v Pompey.

Join the Vital Pompey Debate

Vital Pompey always wants blogs, so if can offer us something we would love to share it with the masses!

To email your own unique article/blog for publishing
***CLICK HERE***



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

Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Tuesday February 4 2014
Time: 12:09PM

Comments

0
Yep, let's have a reserve team and forget the development squad for the time being. I miss the reserve matches.
Et_tu_Pompeii
04/02/2014 14:30:00
0
Cloth to cut accordingly. Bring back the reseves. Club needs to rethink on a regular basis as to what is best the future.
storagematt
05/02/2014 11:55:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Match Day Officials v Crawley (21/1/17)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Crawley Town this Saturday.

Pompey Predictions League - update no.26

The Pompey Predictions League is part of this site now isn't it - would it be the same without it? This continued with a win over Leyton Orient with a trip to Crawley next.

More Reliable Than A League 2 Octopus? (20/1/17)

A new season and finally a new special computer crunching the numbers to determine the final League Two positions for 2016/17.

Vital Preview - League 2, 21st January 2017

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of games this weekend. This will see us among those involved with three points of course the aim.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

pompeyrug
Editor email
Profile
eastneydave
Editor email
Profile
paultsmouth
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Crawley v Pompey?
Suggested By: pompeyrug
Pompey win25%
Draw50%
Crawley win25%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Doncaster 26 17 4 5 55 19
2 Plymouth 25 16 3 6 51 14
3 Carlisle 26 12 11 3 47 11
4 Portsmouth 26 13 6 7 45 14
5 Wycombe 25 12 6 7 42 6
6 Luton 25 11 8 6 41 13
7 Colchester 26 11 7 8 40 10
8 Cambridge 25 11 6 8 39 9
9 Barnet 26 10 9 7 39 0
10 Exeter 25 11 3 11 36 9
11 Grimsby 26 10 6 10 36 2
12 Blackpool 25 9 8 8 35 11
13 Crawley 25 10 5 10 35 -7
14 Mansfield 26 8 10 8 34 -3
15 Stevenage 26 10 3 13 33 -4
16 Yeovil 25 8 7 10 31 -3
17 Morecambe 25 9 4 12 31 -11
18 Crewe 26 6 10 10 28 -11
19 Hartlepool 26 6 9 11 27 -11
20 Leyton Orient 26 7 4 15 25 -11
21 Accrington 25 6 7 12 25 -11
22 Cheltenham 25 5 9 11 24 -10
23 Notts County 26 6 5 15 23 -20
24 Newport 25 4 6 15 18 -16
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Jan 21 2017 3:00PM : Crawley Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Exeter City (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 4 2017 3:00PM : Wycombe Wanderers (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Accrington Stanley (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 14 2017 7:45PM : Blackpool (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 18 2017 3:00PM : Barnet (a)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.pompeyrug51
2.uspompeyfan46
3.PompeyFrippy41
4.storagematt28
5.FrattonBlue20
6.Copnor4320
7.PompeyFromtheUSA7
8.pompeyweller7
9.steaming7
10.eastneydave6
The Vital Football Members League