Date:Tuesday June 12 2007
My first thought when I looked at the latest news SKY Sports were offering us on what Kanu is said to have told Nigeria's Kick Off magazine was 'for f**k sake I've had more than enough of this fella'.
This is what he is meant to have told Kick Off magazine.
'If I have to leave England completely in order to get the kind of contract I want, then that is what I am going to do.
'I have shown my commitment to the club and I would like to stay at Portsmouth, but I cant accept a one-year deal.
'I have been in football for a long time and I know what its about.
'I don't want to keep driving four hours every day from London and back.
'I want to settle near the club and the training ground. A one-year contract means that I cannot do that. By the time I spend between five and six months looking for a house, putting things together and moving in, most of the season will be gone. No player can give his best in that kind of situation.
'And then what happens if I do not get a longer offer? I have to start thinking about moving again? I have a young family and I have to think about them too. It is not only about Kanu anymore.'
Most - if not all of this looks very familiar to me - and from several weeks ago at that.
Whilst I am fed up with the situation as it is and feel time has come for a decision, after reading what SKY Sports say he said in this magazine - probably several weeks ago mind! - this is the clearest indication to me that the media are more than doing their part to blow the Kanu situation out of all proportion!
Kanu must put up or shut up, this cannot be disputed but for the vast majority of the time when Kanu has been said to be 'moaning' and 'whining' I have always had my doubts about how much he actually had been.
This latest attempt has more than convinced me this is exactly what the media are doing - and that is portraying Kanu as the out and out bad guy, which I do not - naively perhaps - think he is!
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Tuesday June 12 2007
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