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Kanu nearer to Pompey farewell

Kanu nearer to Pompey farewell

As much as Harry Redknapp would like to keep Kanu, he has said in The News that he thinks the Nigerian will be playing his football elsewhere next season.

'I think Kanu might move somewhere else.

'It wouldn't be the biggest surprise in the world to me if he did. He's a strong character.

'He's been offered a year and will get another year if he plays 20 games in all competitions. That's the way it works. It's fair.

'The 20-game figure is a safeguard in case the fitness of a player suddenly goes.

'If a player has been injured, for instance, and hasn't played 20 games, but he's done well and is in good shape, then I could look to keep him.

'It's not as if I'm going to bomb someone out if they've done well but haven't played exactly 20 games.'

Yes, I would agree with Redknapp, but would be less unsure about it - Kanu will be leaving Pompey. This is something I think most of us have accepted as being the case for sometime now. My thinking is that this situation will come to a conclusion in the next week or so.

I can understand Kanu wanting this security but can understand the clubs reluctance to give it to him even more.

Like Redknapp, I too like Kanu - and personally I do feel that some of his criticism has been a bit extreme - but do think we need someone else now. I also do not think he is up to the challenge of playing 2-years of football in this country and he knows this himself - ergo reasons for wanting the security he is after, to safeguard himself.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Monday June 18 2007
Time: 6:05PM

Comments

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Will always remember the goals he scored for us especially in the first half of last season. Probably for the best for all concerned.
storagematt
18/06/2007 18:12:00
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I do think he'll be on his way
Johnny Kipper
18/06/2007 18:15:00
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what can u do?? the contract is fair, its just the way it goes, hes on the way out though isnt he.
CharlieChimes
18/06/2007 18:26:00
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did well first half season actually he did great first half of the season but what we lacked was cosistency and he emobodied that. Too much complaining and thats what a lot of fans will remember him for so good to go i say.
russellm
18/06/2007 18:45:00
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the offer on the table was uncharacteristically ( some of those letters must be right) fair from the club. So he still talks in the third person and still thinks he is a genius then we shouldnt stop him.
russellm
18/06/2007 18:48:00
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I'd still remember him as a decent player at Pompey but I doubt he can replicate the better half of his performance from last season.
Lysimachus
18/06/2007 18:49:00
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Twenty games, that's all. If he's not confident of playing 20 games in 9.5 months then he's no good for us. We need confident, fit, driven players who want to play and will compete for 1st team places. As it happens, I bet all the 'top clubs' who have been 'courting' him suddenly drop off the radar as the break nears its end. I don't remember a club being linked with the meastro (maestro) for a while now . . . . . .
Et_tu_Pompeii
18/06/2007 19:52:00
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BUT - I enjoyed him playing for us and he DOES change his mind, which he should be thoroughly ashamed and embarassed about, I'll be pleased.
Et_tu_Pompeii
18/06/2007 19:54:00
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er . . . that should be 'if he DOES change' etc.
Et_tu_Pompeii
18/06/2007 19:55:00
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Wahoo!! Let's all have a disco, let's all have a disco, la la la la, la la la la!

Sorry guys, I can't share your feelings over this, I'm pleased to see the back of him. any player who wants to hold the lcub to ransom is best gone in my books, the sooner the better. Harry took this guy off the scrap heap and gave him a chance - then the ungrateful misfiring misfit demands a two year contract! He has done bugger all since November and proved that he cannot run to save his life.

Bye bye Kanu, thanks for the first half of the season, sadly there are two halves - shame you didn't turn up for the second part!
TruePompeyBlue
18/06/2007 20:33:00
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