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Tuesday proved a fairly calm day on the whole for Pompey and media talk although Harry Redknapp once again told The News of his 'liking' of Lyon's French international midfielder Alou Diarra but he 'does not know if he could get him'. This was covered in full on Vital Pompey in this article Diarra in Redknapp's thoughts.

Redknapp would tell The News as well that links to Scottish striker Garry O'Connor and Pierre Webo, a Cameroon international striker were 'rubbish' and he would not be moving for these players. This was also covered in full in Vital Pompey in this article Pompey deny striker interest.

Finally, later in the evening SKY Sports ran reports of Kanu once again 'reiterating' his stance on how he stands on the contract offered to him. My own thinking is this - as the media may have done time and time again with this whole situation - is nothing more than just media stirring things, digging up and reusing old quotes to provoke a response. This too was covered in full by Vital Pompey in this article Media stirring things up!

The thing that really caught my eye though was the news that Sunderland are reported to be stepping up their interests in Andy O'Brien.

O'Brien played international football alongside Sunderland gaffer Roy Keane, during his own international career so he knows him well. With O'Brien well down the selection list, in fact so far down he is out of site a move will almost certainly take him away from Pompey this summer.

He has not been the greatest of signings for Pompey - and you can argue he has suffered the 'you are not one of my boys' treatment from Harry Redknapp - but I think it is fair to say we have seen enough to know he has not been that good a signing for the club.

For his sake - as he has been a model professional in terms on not 'whining' at all at not playing football - I would like to see him move on so he can play the football he deserves.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 13 2007

Time: 9:22AM

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Whilst not being a great player, he has filled a gap for Pompey and, as you say, been a model professional - Kanu take note - in his time with us. Good luck at Sunderland, Andy, if that's where you're going.
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13/06/2007 09:41:00

I concur, O'brien has been a player that has stuck with it and always turned out ok/decent performances, to the point where you dont fear him getting onto the pitch..... Good luck to him.
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13/06/2007 13:49:00

true, tho if i were to be honest i would rather not have him on the pitch, but do not quite have the fear that i do some others... altho the fear of having him and some of these others all on the pitch at the same time was something i had nightmares about - forunately this rarely, if ever happened...
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13/06/2007 18:20:00

Agreed Et_Tu_pompeiii he has been a pro and always created a gap.... that is what you said isnt it..... oooh the thought of Dej, O'Brien and the griffin meister still gives me the shivers
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13/06/2007 19:28:00

Harry denies it !!! so they are on the way then
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13/06/2007 19:30:00

I do sort of wonder with Avrim Grant's apparently good connections and those of sasha's father with a certain Israeli agent ( football not mossad) we might be missing a trick or two.
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13/06/2007 19:50:00

Lets thank Andy O'Brien and let him move on, he just was not good enough, when you see Sol you realise how much pressure was on Dejan and Linvoy when he played. He was a gamble that did not come off, like Robert, Griffin, Chalkias and a few others. The next crop are far better and are out there doing it for the club. Good luck Andy
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13/06/2007 21:39:00

It's funny how your mind shuts out some bad memories - we have bought some dodgy players in the not to distant past and I'd forgotten a whole bunch of them. Dragging them back into my consciousness at least makes the current team/defence seem outstanding so it's not such a bad thing - puts everything into perspective.
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14/06/2007 09:03:00

it certainly does Et_tu_Pompeii - i have a challenge for you? how would you fancy suggesting a poll on such a topic, seen as names are fresh in your mind :) 14 options gives you plenty of scope for players...
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14/06/2007 12:29:00

Thank Andy O'Brien?? the guy stunk, ever since he became "De Zeeuws replacement". I bet hes a nice bloke, but not a great defender in my book!
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14/06/2007 19:03:00

you speak of him in the past tense CharlieChimes, he is still here...
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15/06/2007 01:15:00


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