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Poor offer forced Todorov out

Poor offer forced Todorov out

Svetoslav Todorov has done something that I hoped would not happen - he has taken a parting swipe at the club after leaving for Charlton, but from what he says with every reason to do so on the face of it.

Todorov has said in The News that 'Pompey's offer was the same contract as Collins Mbesuma's' - and that forced him to leave.

I do not often, in fact rarely use all that is said by individuals or reportedly said by individuals in the media, but as most of it is highly relevant to this article I will use virtually all of what Todorov told The News this time.

He went on to say 'come on! I have respect for myself.

'The final reason why I left is there was not a big effort to keep me.

'I know I gave everything for this club in the time I was there.

'I helped Portsmouth into the Premiership and I helped keep them there but the club made me a really poor offer.

'I thought I should have had a deserving contract. I've always given 100 per cent and never disappointed.

'It's about being valued. The club made no effort in my view.

'I could have gone away from the club when they were in a hard time but I didn't move.

'Is it the right decision to move on now? I don't know. We'll see.

'There are no hard feelings from me, though. I really appreciate all the support I was given.

'The fans don't know how much their support means to me'.

I know that I am not alone in saying that I had always hoped that he would stay, but my thinking was he left because he knew he would not play much this season - this may still have been the case, but maybe not entirely from the sounds of it.

We often speak about loyalty - and how this can be lacking nowadays, but this has to work both ways, even with football being more of a business as it is these days.

So if Todorov was indeed only offered a contact that matched that of 'outcast' Collins Mbesuma it is disgraceful - unless Mbesuma is 1) highly regarded after all, 2) on an exceptionally good contract or 3) both! - so it is little wonder he left.

I am not only surprised to hear this, but also very sad to hear it too - Pompey have as yet not responded to these claims.


Date:Friday July 13 2007
Time: 3:07PM


He probably would not have got the run he needed under Redknapp and so his leaving saves me from another painfull season of seeing him on the sidelines. I think he'll get the chance at Charlton - after all they bought Franny Jeffers
13/07/2007 15:24:00
If that is true, then it seems that the Club offered him a contract, knowing he would likely reject it and leave. However they couldn't lose, they were seen to offer a 'Generous' deal, he was seen to reject. The only loser was toddy in reality and us, as he is a natural finisher. It's not the first time the club (like any business) has made a decision to cut off the dead wood. Considering his injuries they could have structured it better for both parties, play x amount of games and it increases, play less and it has abottom line. The club have stood by him, but it dosen't give them the right to take the michael. What is it 57 games 33 goals, by any standards that is some return. Our loss Charltons gain.
13/07/2007 15:31:00
Very sad ending to his time at Pompey, but if Arry never intended to give him a fair crack of the whip (as seemed to be the case), then it's for the best that Toddy gets the chance to show just what he can do to Championship defences....wouldn't bet against him scoring more than 15 this season.
13/07/2007 15:43:00
I'd say an easy 15 Tantona, the man has way too much class for the Fizzy pop league, and with any luck he might just score a hat trick against the Scum!!! :-)
13/07/2007 15:46:00
If that is the case Im pretty disapointed. I try not to be to sentimental, but I feel Toddy deserved a little better than that! When the great escape was on Toddy contributed immensley. some mega important goals & some great performances. I saw Cole as a replacement last season, but I will openly admit, I was very very wrong!!! hes never complained about working for his position, I think we should have tried to keep him (within reason), even if he couldnt make the starting line up, u can guarantee he would give you great performances!!!!
13/07/2007 16:03:00
Toddy was a great squad player and never ever let us down, and i gree that it is sad that it has ended this way, and he deserved better from Pompey. I agree with his thoughts about Mbesuma's contract, that is an insult. Toddy has the character and the ability to bounce back, Charlton have got themselves a cracking player, and i wish him all the luck in the future and thank him for his efforts.
13/07/2007 16:14:00
Dont agree. I think he was a wonderfull person, and a magnificent player. 57 games and 33 goals is excellent, but to be hoest i suspect if he tried to play the next 38 games, he would have found it a struggle, and probably in reality played only 10 of those 38? it would not be much better on the goal front either, lets give him 4, suddenly it 67 dames and 37 goals. The stats would never be the same, not after the horrific injuries. We've moved on and would never be able to offer Toddy the chances to show what he can do again, not without risking the clubs future, hence the loan to Wigan. Even there he fouind it impossible, so although i love him to bits, he was never going to make the grade again. A shame, but true.
13/07/2007 16:23:00
At the end of the day Toddy will always get a good reception from Pompey fans because we appreciate what he has done for us. The fans..but in a buisness which we all know it is, He may not be either good enough or more to the point I suspect. guaranteeed to be FIT enough to last a season in this league. At Wigan he got very few starts. so charlton will be a good move for him.I was hoping for Leicester City-despite having a strong dislike for them, Ive backed them at 20/1. Good luck Toddy and cheers mate
plymouth graham
13/07/2007 16:38:00
The same contract as Mbesuma? That's a lot of burgers!
13/07/2007 16:43:00
Yes dont mean to sound too hard or harsh so would like add my good luck wishes and thanks too.
13/07/2007 16:46:00
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