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Kanu: 'I can't work 4 hours a day'

Kanu: 'I can't work 4 hours a day'

It has been revealed in the Times today that Pompey`s Kanu is not happy with the contract being offered at Portsmouth. He has allegedly said "You can`t expect me to work four hours every day on a one-year contract, it will take me five months to buy a house and then the season would be over and I would have to move again. Portsmouth are ambitious and moving forward and I would be happy to stay if they show their commitment…Portsmouth are a good team and if they commit themselves I will stay, if not, I will move on — that`s football," he said. "I have done my best."

Pompey feel they have tendered a generous offer but Kanu is reputed to have rejected it as "a joke" and has said he will leave if a better offer is not given to him. But this is coming from a player who has just slapped the faces of every Pompey supporter, if his words are indeed true. How on earth can anyone feel that they have a right to make such demands when many of the supporters who pay good, hard earned money each week have to work over 40 hours per week and in many cases travel hundreds of miles for their jobs? All this indicates is that Kanu has become too big for his boots and quite frankly should be shown the door purely for his lack of respect towards the supporters.I am sure thousands - even millions - of people would love to work for just four hours a day on a one year contract and be able to buy a house in just five months, especially if all the work consisted of was just 12 goals in eight months of football. How many has he scored in 2007? Just two league goals, hardly the sort of record that is worth a two year contract or longer. For the majority of us, promotion or reward is generally given for what we have achieved and not what is hoped we will achieve, Kanu really should think about giving the club something to work with. Todorov was offered a one year deal a week ago, but do we see him throwing his bricks out of the pram? Or do we see a model professional who applies himself to the cause with dignity and enthusiasm?

f Kanu feels he is worth more then there really is only one option open to him - go elsewhere. He may have been something at Arsenal but he was nothing at West Brom before he came here, he had a lucky few months before Christmas but has really contributed little to warrant an improved offer in recent months. The club owes him nothing, he in turn owes Harry Redknapp a great deal for helping him to get his career back on track and should not be so quick to bite the hand that feeds him.

When you leave Fratton Park Kanu, please do not slam the door.

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Date:Wednesday April 11 2007
Time: 9:49AM


i'm not sure if we should keep him
11/04/2007 10:13:00
He started the season welll because the service was there from midfield, if the service improves again he'll score goals again. Whilst not having the same workrate as Benjani I still think he'd be a good player to keep, i think some of the criticism leveled at him is unfair as I doubt any striker would be scoring regularly with the service currently being provided.
Steve C
11/04/2007 10:41:00
But is he really worth a longer contract Steve C? I feel the club have got it right in offering a one year deal, but even if the service is not as good from midfield he should still be scoring more than twice in four months. Even Matty Taylor has scored more often and he has not even played up front and has not played in every match. Also, Kanu will have angered many with his overworked and underpaid claim if what he said is true. No doubt of course he will deny it and say his words have been taken out of context.
11/04/2007 10:45:00
It's difficult to say, if he's worth longer than a year, i think i'd offer him 2 and maybe an option if both parties are happy. As players near the end of their careers they all look to get themselves a deal that will see them through to retirement. If the club hints at this possibility by a deal with an option maybe that would be enough. However this whole thing is typical Portsmouth contract negotions, whether it be trying to sign players or offer new contracts. i'm sure he will claim that his words have been twisted and there's always the chance they have but we will never know the truth on that.
Steve C
11/04/2007 11:27:00
lets end this farce now. this guy won the european cup at 18 with ajax and has spent the rest of his career living off the back of it. most of his clubs have seen an early electrifying period of goals and effort followed by a barren period with a distinct lack of goals and effort. I'm sure his words about a 4 hour day have been taken out of context but he should keep his thoughts to himself in future or employ a press officer! Let him go and lets sign a striker capable of lasting beyond xmas, and with a basic idea of where the goal is.
The Rabbi
11/04/2007 11:43:00
11/04/2007 13:58:00
bye bye Kanu, Kanu bye bye. Kanu bye bye, bye bye Kanu. I do more mileage then him for peanuts. The greedy pillock
11/04/2007 14:08:00
When all is said and done Kanu isn't a striker so the amount of goals we've had from him is in line with, if not beyond what I had hoped for, so I'll not turn on him now... The papers print crap all the time and twist words so I rarely believe anything they say anymore... As far as I'm concerned with Kanu and have been saying this for a while now - if it is best for Pompey to keep him we should keep him, if not let him go with thanks for what he did... Saying he got 'lucky before Xmas with his goals' is total bollox, he earned them all and more than played his part...
11/04/2007 15:24:00
He got lucky before Christmas pompeyrug because as mentioned by others I've spoken to, he scored most with his head which was unusual for him. As a result, opposing sides finally got wise to that fact and have since stopped him from scoring in such a manner.

Equally, is he really worth keeping hold of if he isn't happy to be here? Every couple of weeks he'll be mouthing off that he wants a better contract, it's high time this club stopped pandering to the whims of such players and tell them to put up or shut up. We can get far better players for a little more than it costs us to keep Kanu, but the benefit will be a much greater return.
11/04/2007 17:18:00
I'm going with pompeyrug. I don't care what he says. You can't have 11 Linvoy Primus's on your team. He's done the job asked of him this season and should at least get a pat on the back on his way out. Where's Toddy? Did he get lost on the way to Watford?
11/04/2007 18:45:00
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