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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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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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?
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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
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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.
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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?
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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.
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30/12/2007 17:46:00

PC, for him to take you further he needs to be given a little cash, a ground extention, improved training facilities and maybe a magic wand.
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30/12/2007 18:00:00

No mate he needs to look at the team and admit that Utaka, Kanu, Diop and Hughes are not good enough to win us games that we should win or at least score in. We were poor, Harry says the players looked tired, well rotate them and give the fresh legs of Nugent, Traore, Talor and Mveumba a go, i feel for them if they are tired. They have been awful over the last three games and thank goodness for Sol, Sylvain and Jammo otherwise we would be hammered on a regular basis.
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30/12/2007 18:20:00

Gary was a great servant to Pompey, and I was surprised and delighted when we signed him in the summer. Must admit I didn't hear the boos myself, mostly cheers, but some people are idiots aren't they?
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30/12/2007 20:01:00

I think I was the first to comment on the GON issue on one of the articles and I took the position of I never clapped or booed - Although I feel that I am entitled to do either should I wish. I pay my money and I an entitled to show my appreciation or diguest in any non violent, non harmful and non abusive way I wish. When it comes to respect it has to be earned and GON earned that as a Pompey player, I don't think many would debate that. BUT.. the disrespect HE showed to the fans that stood by him for so long and virtually worshipped the ground he walked on was not called for and quite frankly out of order - The goal celebration I can live with, the lining up of the wall was a little 'in ya face' and designed to annoy but that's football but when he went to ground with cramp AFTER the whistle had be blown on four consecutive occassions when Pompey were in the Boro half was purely and simply taking the ***** and had I had booed I would have been entitled to do so. GON lost a lot of friends yesterday and the next time he visits Fratton Park his reception won't be that great - If thats being fickle then so be it.
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31/12/2007 07:53:00

On the Redknapp issue - I think calls for his head are a little premature and frankly out of order the guy has brough us a long way and has also had a tought time in the past six months or so... But I will say this... If we as fans are told by Harry that we have a team good enough to finish in the top ten, and he as a manager shows signs (for whatever reason) of not delivering that what do we do ? Sit back and say nothing ? Surely as paying customers we have a right to comment on every performance and every signing and every facility etc that our 'supplier' puts in front of us. Football has a captive audience and holds itself up as being untouchable - IT IS NOT - If people go to a West End Show and the performance is crap they boo, If people go to a restuarant and the food is crap they complain - Why should football be any different - It is not on for Pompey to 'serve up crap' four times in a row (and yes I know we got a point against Arsenal - but it hardly inspired) the I can a right to complain if I feel I want to. In this example, as I said at the top of this post I don't think the 'chef' should be sacked but boy does he need to change his menu and fast.
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31/12/2007 08:05:00

Fickle fans, short on memory. Without the blood & guts he spilled in recent years we may not be here in our current position.
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