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Andrew Cole resigned to his fate

Andrew Cole resigned to his fate

With what Andrew Cole has said in the Sun he has realised something that most of us already knew long ago - his Pompey career is over, 'I do not know why I have not gone to Hong Kong, you will have to ask the manager.

'I just want to play football but I cannot see that being at Portsmouth'.

Despite being fit all summer he has not played a part in any pre season game and is unlikely to play another match for the club - so the sooner we can get his high earnings off the wage bill here the better.

When he arrived last summer, even though he was at the 'veteran' stage of his career my thinking was this was a good move for the club and I was happy to see him here - this soon changed.

It was soon apparent that time had well and truly caught up with Cole so he was not worthy of the starting place he was demanding. The moment you demand a place in the team and start making threats that you will seek pastures new if you do not play is the time when you know someone is not right for the club.

With others at the club, past and present, for all their faults very few have made such demands and I have little or no time for mercenaries like him.

He has been a great striker in the English game but he came here a few years too late to make any real impact and although he scored a few goals last season even when he did play he did little else.

Harry Redknapp has made some great signings for the club, Cole was not one of them. Sorry to be so harsh but the sooner we get shot of him the better.

Hindsight is a great thing, but giving a fella that would expect almost guaranteed football and had been struggling with injuries in recent years a 2 year contract was crazy, so although he says he wants to play football he may be happy to sit around for another year picking up the good cash he is on here?

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Wednesday July 25 2007
Time: 10:30AM

Comments

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well you can't blame him for taking the cash each week. we all would wouldnt we? perhaps he should join fowler at cardiff. that would surely be the oldest strike force in the league?
Dales_Dad
25/07/2007 11:22:00
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It's perhaps harsh to say that Cole was not one of HR's great signings, he only made 5 starts, ok HR must've had his reasons for not playing him more but i'm not sure that he really had a chance to bed in to the team. That said with the squad as it is now i see little reason for him to be any more than a squad player and one pretty far down the list at that.
Steve C
25/07/2007 11:53:00
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his attitute and lack of effort gets to me along with his insistance that he should have played... yep, maybe i was abit harsh but i mean in terms of signing a player in the latter years of his career who had suffered injuries in the years prior that would be likely to demand a regular place - as he did - to a 2 year contract was not a great idea...
pompeyrug
25/07/2007 16:37:00
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I am not sure he is at fault for not being able to make the most of the partnerships we gave him lets be honest here none of the partnerships were season successes were they. But Cole is a constant moaner and that has led to his departure from most of his clubs, i think he does want to play regular football but on his terms, the problem is he has a reputation and that is why clubs arent banging down the dorrs with offers.
russellm
25/07/2007 17:28:00
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or the doors either
russellm
25/07/2007 17:29:00
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Only an average player outside of Man utd anyway with a bigger ego!
horseworrier
25/07/2007 18:36:00
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goodbye coley...you COULD have been a big signing...you just lacked the effort
pompeycarpet
25/07/2007 22:40:00
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Old King Cole had a merry old sole, but we don't laugh when he can't score goal.....so farm him out so he ain't on the dole, and with him gone we ain't got a hole !!!
pompeygray
26/07/2007 06:54:00
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effort was lacking but also the atitude wasnt right... unless he changes his ways, lowers his wages and demands he will see out his contract here and fade away into nothingness...
pompeyrug
26/07/2007 13:17:00
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Only saw him twice play last season, Attitude or not, his hold up play, ability to create something from nothing, To turn on a sixpence and shoot were second to none; even at his age and disgruntled manner. He still showed glimpses of why he's the second highest scorer in Prem history. I hope some of the lads learnt something positive from him...doubt it, but hope!
pentonpompey
26/07/2007 21:57:00
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