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Who rattled Niall Quinn's cage!

Yep, it is true that the transfer market these days is massively over inflated but who is Niall Quinn to single Pompey out, as he also did West Ham, as 'the main culprits' for this?

These are a few things he said in an article published by the BBC 'there's six or seven new owners who are spending money, but are they getting the type of player that the top four want? I don't think so.

'If I was going to spend a fortune on breaking the bank, I would be going after the players Liverpool or Manchester United wanted to sign.

'But, in the middle, people are fighting each other and raising the prices for the same players. You can see it with West Ham and Portsmouth.

'The agents are having an absolute 'beano'. It's like a property market, where estate agents own half the property or, in West Ham's case, it looks like all the property'.

It is true to say that Pompey has been one of the bigger spenders this summer, but have we spent beyond out means, or anymore than we were prepared to? Nope - all players are over priced now, but we have not paid any more than was necessary.

Harry Redknapp is signing the players he wants to sign and is paying the money that Sasha Gaydamak is prepared to pay, investing it within the club on and off the pitch as he sees fit - simple as.

In any case he is hardly one to speak, paying £5m for Michael Chopra and a further £5m plus for Kieran Richardson, not to mention the fact that the club were prepared to pay close to £10m for Craig Gordon is hardly paying, or would be paying nothing for players.

Jealousy can be a horrible thing, maybe he is feeling this after missing out on David Nugent. Either way I think Quinn would be better off keeping his mouth shut and concentrating on what his side are doing and who they are, or are not buying than what anyone else is doing.


The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 27 2007

Time: 1:04PM

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David Nugent completely unproven in the premiership and not a natural goal scorer. I am no Sunderland fan but expect a flop in David Nugent IMHO. UTV
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27/07/2007 13:13:00

Totally agree with the guy who wrote this article. I'm a West Ham fan and we have not paid any more than nessisary to bring players to this club. I also don't see any over inflated prices on the players Portsmouth have bought. He would do well to keep his mouth shut or they'll be very hostile atmospheres at Upton and Fratton Park when time comes for us to play Sunderland!
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27/07/2007 13:21:00

It's a bit of a rant, but Quinn's got a point about people with nothing to do with football harming the game splashing their cash about!
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27/07/2007 14:00:00

its called market forces matey
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27/07/2007 15:25:00

5 mil for Chopra says it all
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27/07/2007 15:32:00

agree with this article 100%, i mean as a man utd fan, getting 5.5 million for flop keiran richardson is bloody hilarious. were laughing all the way to the bank!!!
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27/07/2007 15:39:00

from what 'arry said after the game today he isnt best pleased with niall quinn either - so i doubt this is the last we will hear of this... what pomepy do is nothing to do with quinn or anyone else... as for people coming in to 'harm the game' Blade1889, sasha gaydamak is doing anything but harming pompey mate - he is taking us further forward than we could have though possible really...
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27/07/2007 16:02:00

clearly some morron who is too afraid to voice their opinion within this debate, simply because they know they are wrong as is quinn - who DID however take it upon themself to send me a rather offensive email does not agree... i have got one thing to say to this fella tho '5m for chopra, we actually paid less than that for nugent, who didnt want to go to sunderland even if they pulled the plug' - we will see who is laughing at the end of the season mate...
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27/07/2007 16:08:00

Absolutely right PR, the lanky git
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27/07/2007 17:40:00

"You've not seen nothing like the mighty Quinn" makes me choke at the thought of the old song. Chopra sounds like an Indian Beer, yet there is more power in KEANE's Mustard. Sunderland like making points but there last 2 visitations to the Premier League only produced 19 and 15 respectively !!
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27/07/2007 17:42:00

i imagine hes just hung up on not being able to sign all the players theyre been trying for...nugent obviously to us and baines has snubbed a move to stay on at wigan ha. that says it all really. chopra for 5 mil?? good luck to him i guess. i dont think we've spent money unwisely, i've got complete faith in harry. play up pompey
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27/07/2007 19:15:00

lets be honest guys...Sunderland bid the same as us for nugent, they got chopra for more, and richardson for more too. they are hardly a team to talk! We have been complaining about the hiked prices as well, so blaming us for them is equally un just. Keane IS however a good manager, particualy the way he turned sunderland round last season, and i would expect them to do OK this season. As for splashing the cash, we willget at least 30million at the end of the season, and more depending on our position, so spending 20m to stay up, and re-infroce our squad is hardly breaking the bank. As for sasha (how is sasha short for alexandre???), he has done everything right, he has set up magnificant stadium plans, invested in our youth system, and our training facilities. How is that not the best thing for the club? And anyone who cant raise there opinion on this site should be shot...no really, they should.
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27/07/2007 21:02:00

blade1889 is is i assume a supporter of sheffield united. the team that played the worst football in the prem last season and deserved to go down on entertainment value alone.
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27/07/2007 21:25:00

quin is a hypocrite, he has bid the same amount as us but he is jusy bitching because al their targets turned them down
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27/07/2007 21:26:00

Do we think he might just be a teeny weeny itsey bitsey little bit jealous we got the nuggat?....Saddo, get a life! and anyway noone looks good in red and white stripes Ha Ha
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27/07/2007 21:38:00

Now it seems Wigans leighton bains turned them down because he is an rabid toffeee's supporter. I like sunderland fans they are great value and they deserve better than to be fobbed off by the chairman like that.
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27/07/2007 22:06:00

actually i viited the vital sunderland web site, what agrave yard that is, not a bit like their fans, although one chappey did tell me to fooookoffyuoo*****in*****t.... no me neither
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27/07/2007 22:54:00

Quinn is mint he saved sunderland from doing a Leeds
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27/07/2007 23:51:00

he's a frustrated hypocrite
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28/07/2007 10:36:00

agreed russ, he most certainly is - how can he complain at what we are doing with the money he is spending, which tbh is on players that are hardly great! frustration at players 'snubbing' the club constantly has got to him, that is not pompey or anyone elses fault, they choose not to go to them... one of my best away trips with pompey was to the stadium of light for a midweek trek in the old first division and they are a great bunch of fans who we drank with all night, so i have nothing against the club at all - just quinn, who has gone right down in my estimations now...
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28/07/2007 13:02:00

What a clown. We got 5.5 million for Richardson(Donkey) from Quinn and co and he has the cheek to have a go at other clubs spending big, Chopra, 7million, Who?
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28/07/2007 17:16:00


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