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Devil's advocate

Devil's advocate

Having heard the views of chris1954 and Pompeysurrey that of Ronald Wilson encompasses both, reacting to them, also adding an opinion of their own.

The there is only one man to blame and what a mess articles were born from comments these members had made in the Sunday Chimes column from eastneydave.

Reacting to both comments, Ronald Wilson went on to question the part Mark Catlin has played in recent months at Pompey.

They said: 'To play devil's advocate: Jackett obviously knew that we needed midfield reinforcement, as well as other needs, but was obviously told that there was no money available, so had no choice but to try and patch things up with loanees. You can't bring in the type of player we needed for free during the January window, so the real mistakes were made during the summer transfer window, when he also had little money to spend thanks to not knowing if we would remain fan owned or sell out to Eisner. The real culprit in my opinion is Catlin, for not only bringing in a serial quitter (Wolves was the only club that fired him, he ran away from the rest), but allowing players with value, like Bennett to be given away for nothing. Even Storrie wasn't as bad as Catlin in some ways.'



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Writer:Ronald Wilson
Date:Monday February 19 2018
Time: 12:30PM


I've said plenty about Kenny Jackett in the other articles, yes, he's 'not Paul Cook' in his style, he has that of his own – be that popular or unpopular – and I still feel his philosophy is to build a team, which is what the Eisner's also want. Money WILL NOT be thrown at this left and right, nor should it. Time and patience, admittedly not something seen too often in football these days, will be needed.
As for Catlin and the decision to allow experienced players to leave, in many ways this was the players' decision at times.
I'd agree, people like Bennett did have a value, but if he wasn't delivering enough on the field and wasn't really in the plans of Jackett too much going forward there's no value to keeping him for the sake of keeping him? I'd think he was on very good wages, agreeing to his release saved these and offset against a fee we might have got, but had so far failed to get.
Likening, in any way, Catlin to Storrie isn't something I feel should ever be done.
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