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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.


The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 13 2007

Time: 3:07PM

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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
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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.
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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.
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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!!! :-)
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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!!!!
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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.
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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.
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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
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13/07/2007 16:38:00

The same contract as Mbesuma? That's a lot of burgers!
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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.
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13/07/2007 16:46:00

Is Mbesuma back at Fratton or is he out on loan ?Has he been seen at pre-season training or has Harry told him he is not required? Leicester are not a bad bet at that price, they have signed a new squad, but they are a good case of a small club overstretching themselves arent they? Toddy is a legend and fought back from two really bad injuries, he went to Wigan for games, but Jewell preferred Hskey and Camara etc. and that is his right to choose, but if Toddy had remained fit he would have done a job for them and us.
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13/07/2007 17:18:00

Agree with what has been said, sadly no sentiment in football & business. But you can't take away the great memories of which there many. Good luck & thanks Toddy.
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13/07/2007 17:28:00

Colin who?
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13/07/2007 18:18:00

Gents as i have said before Harry tried to do the dirty on Toddy pre-season last year and thats why he was so down. I have it on extremely good authority that the club have behaved in a shabby fashion and Toddy's statement is generally true. I just feel its another of those incidences where as a proffessional club off the pitch we still have a long way to go particulary one Mr Storrie. it is a criticism that is regularly levelled at us by players at the various Prem & FA player events i manage to ligger my way into. i really feel it lets us down. i feel for Toddy wish him well and hope letting him go doesnt come back to haunt us
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13/07/2007 20:21:00

I don't blame him, for leaving, or for complaining about the contract! - that is a real disgrace to him as a playor, and even if it was for the best, it is still awfull! I hope to see him back in the prem soon with charlton, after he wins the golden boot award again, which im sure he will - I'm sad to see him go, but wish him luck!
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13/07/2007 20:54:00

At least Russell has shed a little bit more light on the story, however i suppose we have to expect that there is little sentiment in football, and we have to move on, as eveyone says good luck to him and lets hope that we do not draw Charlton in a cup competition because we know what is bound to happen.
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13/07/2007 21:53:00

whilst our one true light (sascha) has led us far in learning how to behave, we still have a lot to learn from our lord :)
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13/07/2007 22:20:00

To be honest my opinions replicate those of Midge. He was a great loyal player to us and put away many goals in the lower tier to help send us up to where we now are. However at Wigan he didn't set the world on fire and with our current crop of players you really wouldn't pick him in the starting line up. This of course can and does happen with lots of players, they are not machines and will eventually fall away from past standards. I don't want to sound controversial or critical of him (which he doesn't deserve) but I do tbelieve he needs to ply his trade in the Championship now. What has happened is purely evolutionary, but I thank him for his past services to our club.
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14/07/2007 03:41:00

pop one eye over the wage bill, 9 new players in thus far someone had to suffer...
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15/07/2007 04:35:00

Col8, Have to agree with you there, Balancing books is what it's all about. Lets be fair some of the dead wood we need to get rid off we won't get anything for, so trimming wages is the next best way.
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15/07/2007 21:05:00


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