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Pompey Chimes (13)

Monday was a very quiet day for Pompey and the Tabloids - with news mostly similar to that from the weekend.

Something that may have been lurking from the weekend - that I only picked up on on Monday - was talk of an 'almost certain' Sean Davis exit from Pompey this summer, with Boro - despite claims they are not after him, Wigan and his old club Fulham interested. My own feeling on this is I will not be at all surprised to see Davis leave.

Marlon Harewood - one of many 'reported' Pompey targets - was subject to a bid from Birmingham. An initial £2million plus 'add-ons' said to have been offered for the striker - West Ham rejected this. Funny how Wigan and Fulham are said to be interested in the player as well - it seems the media link not just Pompey, but Fulham and Wigan with most players too!

The opening exchanges of the 2007/08 season look very tough for Pompey and Harry Redknapp explained this to The News - but he is still looking for a top 10 finish again. This was covered in full on Vital Pompey in this article Tough start but Pompey aim high.

Something else Redknapp told The News were his thoughts that he expects Kanu to leave the club this summer - as do most of us - if due to nothing else but his 'stubbornness' to agree to Pompey's terms. This too was covered in full on Vital Pompey in this article Kanu nearer to Pompey farewell.

The thing that really caught my eye though were the early murmurings that former Pompey boss Alain Perrin could throw a spanner in the works in our attempts to sign French international Alou Diarra.

Thoughts that the new Lyon boss could attempt to 'scupper a deal' for the World Cup runner up had crossed the minds of many Pompey fans - but a deal was said to be close over the weekend. Reports from France though are suggesting that Perrin may have convinced Diarra to hold out for a 'bigger club'.

Should such a thing happen then this could add further backing to the 'reports' that maybe Claude Makelele could be more of a target than we thought - a story on the links to the World Cup and European Championship winner with France were covered, again by Vital Pompey, in this article Blues can't pull this off, can they?


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Date:Tuesday June 19 2007
Time: 9:13AM


TBH, I would not be surprised if Perrin did attempt to dissuade Alou Diarra and to some extent I couldn't really blame him. Perrin got it wrong when he was here, he had his faults - but this was his first excursion into English football and whilst he had to get a grip of what was happening in the game, I do feel that sacking him was a huge mistake.

I feel it would have been better if Milan had taken the courage to keep hold of Perrin but get him to step down to assistant manager or coach and used a year or so to adapt to the way of English football. Let's face it, Wenger wasn't an overnight success and it was mostly down to Milan as to why Perrin inherited some dodgy players, thanks largely to Zajec (Kostas-a-lot-of-goals for example).

If Harry oculd have been persuaded to work with Perrin, I am sure the pair of them would have formed a strong management and brought us even more success. I'm sorry all, but Milan shot his load far too quick over this and Perrin was treated unfairly. So I do understand why he may feel rather bitter.
19/06/2007 10:40:00
Excellent, TPB, you are the first person who has openly agreed with my opinion of both Reggie and Milan. I honestly thought and still think that Alain had great potential and suffered from some poor buys by that arse Zajec. I was really sorry to see him go. One of the problems I have with Milan is this and this kind of thing. It's very easy to look at our situation now and use that to justify the decisions he made but all those appointments and all those sackings and all those players coming here on the promise of first team places and subsequent glory and being disappointed and shabbily treated. Your suggestion of him working with HR is really interesting - I wonder if it would have worked out? The rest is history, of course, and luckily for Milan (and us of course) it worked out (reasonably) well. Just for a moment, imagine us with a manager of the stature and skills and potential of Wenger . . . . . . . . . . anyway Harry's a good old boy and I love him, despite his peccadillo (oo er missus). Re Diarra, it seems like 'paper talk' to me - it's the obvious angle, isn't it, "Sacked ex-Pompey boss get's his own back by scuppering deal with Premiership giants" make's sense, apart from the giants bit anyway.
19/06/2007 12:00:00
i like what you have said TBP and would agree with alot. i do feel the only way we would have ever stayed up under perrin would have been to have taken the route you proposed - but could you really have seen perrin be willing to 'step down' a notch on the ladder or seen 'arry willing to come back to work alongside him? perrin is a much better manager than his pompey record suggests - records before and after pompey speak for themself - and altho it is true milan did by these players - and some of the rubbish perrin had was as a result of those before him and around him - but he would have been the one that on the whole wanted the players that came in under his control wouldn't he? not all were as bad as we thought but alot were terrible... basically like you mate perrin would be right to feel hard done by so his views on pompey quite possibly wont be what they could have been hence maybe 'putting' diarra off a move...
19/06/2007 12:09:00
it looks like we both wrote rather long comments at the same time Et_tu_Pompeii!
19/06/2007 12:12:00
Don't get me wrong, I think that what Milan did for this club was truly amazing and he saved us from oblivion. But I also feel he got far too big for his boots as a result of the praise and adulation he received from us, the supporters. He has been worshipped as a hero and perhaps rightly so; but his ego was far bigger than this club could ever contain which is why things went belly up between him and Harry - he simply could not accept that Harry drew more attention than he did, he never stopped meddling in team affairs and made a heap of promises that he never kept - where are we as far as the stadium redevelopment is concerned of course? The same position as it was when he arrived.

Sasha has already made more improvements to Fratton Park than Milan ever did in all of his time here, but I am not for one moment going to suggest that Sasha will of course bring us our most holy grail - a new stadium. But actions speak much louder than words could ever do and so far I've seen more to be hopeful about with Sasha than I ever have with Milan. That said, I am always grateful for what Milan brought us, I just feel he was also as much a villain as he was a hero.
19/06/2007 12:24:00
to be honest perrin would have been a lot better if pleat hadnt been his teacher of english football.pleat is an utter tool
retro hat
19/06/2007 14:32:00
i think you are being a bit revisionist TruePompeyBlue. I said Milan was a flawed genius but and he was sometimes pig headed. But harryn leaving was nothing to do with drawing attention, harry was on sky and bbc every week, always complaining weith his mates. Harry left because he threw a tantrum. Milan wanted to modernise the club and develop a youth policy, he wanted to break our dependancy on the same 3 agents. he didint accuise harry of fiddling he quite clearly stated that spoke to other clubs and discovered that money went missing somewhere, he said that an agens had had £3m of money that should have gone to pompey and another club,( we know now he was refering to Yak).Strangely the game is now thinking the way he did.. Pig headed , press naive, stubborn agreed, villain nah not having it.
19/06/2007 16:20:00
and Milan could tyupe and spell. I have not found one report that said Perrin has dissuaded ( real word?) Diarra. Seems to me to be a touch of paper..ranoia or briefing against. Some obvious questions came to my mind upon reading the report. Could it just be that the bar codes have a bigger stadium? that they have more money? and would seem to be about to get a load more? And a manager who has a better record than harry over the last few years, well 5? Could it be that if we had made the Uefa cup the guy would be coming? Anyone remember Jefferson fanfan and the advice of koeman, was he anti pompey or just a dirty dutch tw@.
19/06/2007 16:31:00
and finally i see the boss is talking up Diomansy Kamara....hmmmn
19/06/2007 16:32:00
my take on the kamara talk is that 'arry and the news are sticking the boot in at perrin...
19/06/2007 18:15:00
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