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Disrespectful fans disgust me

Disrespectful fans disgust me

Sorry to seem so harsh with the title but before the game with Boro I said that I would be absolutely astounded if Gary O'Neil was not shown complete and utter respect - he received a great ovation before the game but at the same time I said I would be disgusted with any 'fans' that did not give him the respect that he deserved...

And the reaction he received from some when he was booed as he came off late on for Boro was something that I could not believe and really left a sour taste in my throat - well even more after such a performance and a defeat.

Thankfully these boos soon made way for great applause, but the 'damage' had already been done.

How anyone could boo O'Neil after the service he gave this club over the years is beyond me, there has not been a player that has given more effort or commitment to this club for a very, very long time. He gave his all for Pompey and it was not his decision to leave, he was left with no choice.

Those 'fans' that booed him need to take a long hard look at themselves, and you have to ask 'what sort of fans are these?' Just a speculative thought but perhaps they are a 'new breed' of fan that had never appreciated what the fella meant and gave to the club - but even then this does not excuse their actions and they should be ashamed of themselves and they have, as I have said disgusted me and no doubt hundreds of thousands, probably millions of other Pompey fans.

Whilst I am having 'somewhat of a rant' I may as well carry on and go onto something else that has 'wound me up' about yesterday, again other than the performance and a defeat to a side that should never have beaten us.

Word has filtered through that some people are calling for Harry Redknapp's head, claiming 'he has taken us as far as he can'. Again an incredible thought!

Yep, the fella can do my head in no end at times with his often refusal to see what appears to be right in front of his face and sometimes beyond stubborn refusal to take some people out of a side and put others in - but he is the gaffer. His frequent 'things are as they are because of me' thoughts gripe on me but to be calling for his head... please!

How quickly people forget, yep he has got to get out of this mindset that he does have - the 'we're openly Portsmouth' - but surely this is just a 'public performance' and this is not shared in private, but a run of 3 defeats in 4 games goes nowhere near to justify replacing him, or even contemplating wanting to replace him. Again just a speculative thought but I again find myself asking the question who are these fans asking for such things?

On second thoughts perhaps we should replace him, we have such great replacements waiting in the wings, we could always call Alain Perrin back, and some 'fantastic' manager are currently unemployed including Lawrie Sanchez, Sammy Lee and of course Spineless Steve, yep lets make a change a give one of these fellas the chance to 'take us to the next level' as they clearly could...

Yesterday - okay probably the past few weeks - have not been good days, but lets put things into perspective hey, and lets not ever have to hear the kind of sounds that we did when a Pompey icon returns to Fratton in the future again.


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Date:Sunday December 30 2007
Time: 11:22AM

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I'm 100% with Chix on the Gary O'Neil front. He was *****ing me off and I know he was bound to tell his team how we do our free kicks and that - he was just a little over enthusiastic to rub it in our face. Add that to his over exuberant celebration which he said he wouldn't do and I'm not surprised a few booed. I'm not condoning the actions of the fans but yesterdays performance was enough to make any fan boo anyone.
30/12/2007 12:05:00
Yes the booing was certainly due to the frustration caused by the awful team display. There were some applauding around me but they were drowned out by the boo boys.
30/12/2007 12:23:00
Fans are fickle and after our Reading and away victories, great expectations became the norm. These expectations were further fuelled by HR. continually quoting on his achievments and on how great the team were compared to the past. Now we have a string of poor results made bad by the teams overall performance. It is surprising how quickly it has turned against us, with no reason being apparent. It is even hinted that we have been just lucky all along. My advice to HR. would be, to be more careful in future press interviews, take a leaf out of Steve Coppells book, who I think deals with the media magnificently.
30/12/2007 12:31:00
no matter what i love gary o'neil. guy has been supperb for us till he left. i was gutted and very dissapointed that he left. even then as a new breed fan i would never boo him, (unless he went to scummers). have to admit i was dissapointed about the booing. less said about the performance the better though
30/12/2007 12:41:00
Rug, itoo was more than a litle peeved at the fans booing GON, so what, the guy lined thier wall up for free kicks, and celebrated a goal, probably wanted to show HR what he pushed out the door. I have commented on this in the forum. As for the HR situation you mention, I too get frustrated and speak of that, but HR is most definately the man for the job.
30/12/2007 12:52:00
The mood was hostile at Fraton because of the way we played, that reflects in the way we reacted to O'Neill and the Boro team. Gary is an ex-player and we have moved on as i am sure he has. Dont get wrapped up in all this HR is the only man for the job, other clubs have got rid of managers for bad runs of form and if we do not improve in the next three league games and the cup game then he will be under pressure and who knows what will happen?
30/12/2007 13:11:00
It was his time wasting with cramp that got me. O'Neil had already gone down with it when he went down again and then decided to wander off at snails pace as he was subbed. Incredibly annoying and I'm not suprised he was booed. He was clapped at the same time so I think he got the exit he deserved at that specific moment. He knew what he was doing. I don't think he really celebrated the goal. Just a high 5 and a hug. He's not a robot and is allowed to express himself. Get rid of Redknapp? B**!^ks to that
30/12/2007 14:59:00
tbh rug, i agree it wasnt pleasent to see him being booed, but you said it showed a lack or respect, but what do expect when he didnt show us any, by *****ing around hlaf the time with cramp.
30/12/2007 16:10:00
On 'Arry, short memories guys, without him you would be playing in the Championship not pushing for a UEFA spot. A couple of bad games yes but he turned Pompey around, a great start to the season but there had to be a slip up along the way, look at your squad and look how much money he has had to spend, I think your wheeler, dealer manager has done a pretty good job, dont you?
30/12/2007 17:14:00
TergeHauge - no-one would argue that harry HAS done a good job - its if hes taken us as far as he can. Im not saying i agree with them in any way - but that is what they feel. O'neil always sets up the boro wall - he has just come back from injury, anyone booing him was completly out of place.
30/12/2007 17:46:00
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