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Gary O'Neil is not for sale

The worries that I - and others - have had that Gary O'Neil could be sold appear to have settled as Harry Redknapp has said in The News that he is not for sale.

'There's no chance of Gary O'Neil going anywhere. I don't want to lose him at all. Of course not. He's important to us.'

Those of a cynical nature may well be thinking that Redknapp is bound to say such things.

Maybe so, but amid the 'speculation' that has grown over the weeks that he could be used as bait to bring Yakubu back a departure has never been ruled out - until now.

Hopefully this puts the matter to rest.

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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 20 2007

Time: 8:46PM

Your Comments

My mind is at peace
pompeycarpet
do you wholeheartedly mean that mate or is it a comment made with a slight sarcastic twist to it?
pompeyrug
Didn't think he'd be one to go
paultsmouth
i am really happy about this as o'neil - along with others - is very important to our progression... as you have said before paultsmouth keeping an english band of players is important to pompey isn't it...
pompeyrug
yes, i do mean it, i was concerend about losing the only playor that our acadamy has brought up - and an englsih playor, which we are fast running out of! He has captained england at all levels, so it wouldnt surprise me if he was at the very least an england playor for the future
pompeycarpet
all levels apart from the senior side - but this will come soon :) i am glad to hear you meant it mate... as i said somewhere else i cannot agree with the thought that o'neil should be allowed to leave. he did not have one of his better seasons last season but why would we want to ditch a player in his early 20's with years ahead of him off the back of 1 'bad' season? if he has a bad season next season - maybe his value may go down, so be it - we let him go then... as much i would like to see the yak back i would not want to see o'neil leave...
pompeyrug
Need as much English grit as possible. The GON types are hard to find, so why sell? We need a good squad of good players. Even last season, with injuries & suspension we were very thin.
storagematt
Going back to the English/british contingent, interesting that last year we had as many English for many a year, and also our most successful season for 50 years.
paultsmouth
Exactly, you need a good mix. Foreign flair & our never say die Brit. Though the poofs & minorities that run the country would have think different.
storagematt
I don't have the link to-hand but on one of the Boro fan sites (might even be Vital) they are listing all the reasons why GON would be a great signing for them (i.e. All England honours except full cap, established versatile young English player who attracted a reported 5m bid from Liverpool). I'd like to thank that site as I couldn't have listed a better set of reasons myself as to exactly why we are letting him go NOWHERE AT ALL. Not to mention his obvious loyalty, decent contract and young family ;)
Liquor&Poker
We do have a great English base to the side and I think that has been important to the team and our feelings of support towards it. Keep Gary, Matty, Linvoy, Sol and Sean and Richard too if pos.
Et_tu_Pompeii
we should sign O'Neil up for an even longer contract than he is currently on. He's been brilliant for us and if we want to continue in the same vein then you have to hold on to your best players?
The Rabbi
whilst i agree we should keep him the problem for me is GON has never really been in Harry's clique and he is a reminder to harry of Perrin. I honestly believe that despite what he says if HR thought he could get away with it, he would sell on both GON and Taylor.
russellm
I agree with you Russell, if it suited Harry he would sell or swop him, the team has to move forward and to do that we have to invest big or deal in the transfer market. If we do not we could be like Charlton, Forest, Wednesday and the Scum (hee-hee). Harry will do what is best and with Tony and Joe they will ensure that we continue to improve. Trust Them !!
Owenspompey
 

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