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Pompey return for De Zeeuw?

Pompey return for De Zeeuw?

Veteran defender Arjan De Zeeuw is being linked with a sensational return to Pompey - okay maybe the sensational bit is a bit much, but it would be something - after his release by Wigan at the end of the season.

Former Pompey captain De Zeeuw - 37, is looking for a new club after Wigan decided not to give him a new deal and some speculation is linking him with a return to Pompey, what role - and how much of a role at that - he would play I am not quite sure though.

The Pompey decline under Alain Perrin well and truly started when he allowed De Zeeuw to leave the club - seeing Andy O'Brien as a better option to our captain and best defender at the time. De Zeeuw was one of a number of players that should never have been allowed to leave this club when they did - his, and other players quality were not replaced for a long time - almost to long.

Leicester are also being linked, so with the Mandaric connection and the chances of regular first team football more likely - something that a player of his age will be looking for - this would look the more likely move. Any return to Pompey would most likely involve a coaching role combined, which would then cast further doubts over members of the current coaching set up.

All in all a return to Pompey is not a very likely scenario to be played out but De Zeeuw will always be a Pompey hero in my eyes.


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Date:Tuesday May 29 2007
Time: 5:41PM


the sentimental part of me would love to see de zeeuw return but we all know it is highly unlikely - stranger things have happened tho... his release was the worse mistake of perrin's spell in charge...
29/05/2007 17:45:00
I'd welcome hime back. As long as he's not expecting to get a first 11 place in the side every week. He done great for Pompey before Perrin stuffed the side up. I'm sure his wage bill would be reasonable considering he's a wrinkley ha ha
29/05/2007 17:45:00
more chance of a milan reunion at leicester
29/05/2007 17:59:00
maybe he is coming back as the team Doctor!
29/05/2007 17:59:00
Great player, but he wouldn't make first choice now for sure. Deserves to play for a team like Leicester where he can be assured of a starting berth as has been said in PR's article. Wherever he ends up I hope he has a successful time, and may he play on for at least another few years!
29/05/2007 18:01:00
Yep, I go with meeting up at Leicester or maybe a newly promoted team. Great as he was in our past, that is where it should stay.
29/05/2007 18:44:00
He won't go back to the same club a second time (a la Wigan) and we don't need him. I'd put my money and dependancies on a Milan reunion at Leicester..
29/05/2007 18:57:00
Sorry, 'arry dezeeuw would be a backward step. Loved the guy when he was here, but agree storagematt, thats where he should stay, in our memories and in our hearts!
29/05/2007 18:57:00
yep agreed storagematt i cant see it happening unless possibly its a coaching role, maybe as a future replacement for TA
29/05/2007 19:27:00
that is what i was hinting at russell in my writing - but with him wanting to continue his studies when he retires coaching does not really seem like something that will happen with de zeeuw... agreed with most of you here - i loved the fella but we have moved on...
29/05/2007 19:32:00
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