Date:Saturday June 23 2007
Friday was on the whole yet another very quiet day for Pompey and the media. Could this mean a signing or two are getting closer - this can often be the case when things settle down! Or is this just hopeful or wishful thinking?
The Mirror claimed that our attempts to sign Alou Diarra from Lyon could be 'hijacked' by Bordeaux? Reports coming out of France say that Laurent Blanc - Bordeaux's manager - is ready to bid close to £6million for the French international.
Marlon Harewood is still being 'linked' with a potential move to Pompey. Birmingham have had a bid rejected but his agent - Mick Maguire - made claims to skysports.com that Pompey, along with others are 'keeping tabs' on the striker who has been told he can leave West Ham. This was covered in full on Vital Pompey in this article Is Harewood the Pompey solution?
Fredi Kanoute's agent Christophe Mongai was yet again talking to the media, this time he told BBC sport - in confirming that he wants to leave Sevilla - that he has had 'interest from the three Premiership clubs' but no firms bids have been made yet. Pompey, Bolton and Newcastle are in the hunt, with a fee a low as £6.7million now said to be the amount needed - so it is dropping!
The thing that really caught my eye though were David James' thoughts in The News - when he said his team mates cannot let complacency set in to the Pompey ranks.
'Whatever happens in one season I'm afraid it starts from scratch the following season and you have to try to improve.
'Other teams are going to improve. You can't let yourself go backwards because they are going to pass you by.
'There's definitely no room for complacency.
'I've been party to it and seen it happen the following year when it has been disastrous.
'It's about not letting you slip into a routine.
'If the morals you set yourself for one campaign are not followed through the next, it almost becomes too easy and that's where the problems begin'.
James speaks from experience having endured a successful 7th place finish with West Ham - and relegation the next, a 9th place finish with City - a relegation battle the next.
He wants us to continue to progress - anyone not showing the same attitude, or if they are 'content with second best' will be 'dealt with'.
He also said 'having had the experience of complacency myself, I had to voice my concerns about things a couple of times last season.
'I am definitely not going to make the same mistake again after what happened at other clubs'.
Well said that man.
James will not be wanting to complete a hat trick of successful followed by disastrous or disappointing seasons, so providing the other players show the same desire - and we get a couple of strikers, one minimum - then next season has every chance of being even better for him and us.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Saturday June 23 2007
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