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Redknapp praises the quality we have

Harry Redknapp has really praised up the current Pompey squad with what he has said on the Pompey Site: 'I stand outside in training and look at the improvements that we've made and the players that we've got.

'It's fantastic to see the quality that we've got here.

'It's a pleasure to watch these players, people like Sylvain Distin - what a player he is.

'We're building a team here that's beginning to look like a really good side'.

Clearly Redknapp is now happy with things and is seems like he is starting to believe that things are possible, well openly admit this belief which is a good thing.

I do not want to sound like Redknapp and give a 'look where we were X amount of years ago' but it genuinely is hard not to think back just a little over 2 years ago and think about the squad we had then - when he returned - and the direction we looked like taking, compared to the squad we have now and the direction that we are...

He is also casting his eye on FA cup glory this season, and as he told The News he feels that we have the players that are capable of going all the way, but he is also wary of the threat that Plymouth pose: 'It would be fantastic for this club to go to Wembley.

'And now I'm looking at my squad and believe we could give anybody a game.

'It's a home draw, so if we are on our games we should progress.

'I'm not saying it will be easy. You just have to look at the last round to see that'.

Yep, it will not be easy at all but I would be bitterly disappointed if we did not progress.

If we do, with a little bit of fortune with the draw and maybe some help with results in this round the draw could really open up for us...

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Date:Friday January 25 2008

Time: 12:00PM

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Oooooozzzzzzing class. Well most of the time we do.
storagematt
On our day we can beat anybody including those in the big 4... We just need a few more 'days' to be really consistent, but we are making strides all the time.... Imagine what we'd be like when Muntari, Diarra, Johnson et all have a full season under their belt... Doesn't mean we should stop building though.... Who would have thought GON & Matty T would be surplus to requirements... Maybe in a couple of years we will move on again and be in a better position and watching the likes of Benjani, Kranjcar & Johnson leave because they can not get in the starting line-up ...
Chix
Whoa; slow down! I know what you mean and I think we can and will go forward over the next two years. Let's just get in to round 5 first. If The News is to be believed, HR will put out his strongstet team tomorrow.
UKTony
Agree, it really is good times at the club, at the moment and hopefully we can get our place in Europe which will help entice new players. We have got a good balance of experience, with youth at the moment, (which did surprise me with Berger link) so hopefully we can keep the momentum going and have a team that go onto the next level next season.
blarmy
Two thoughts - one is as Chix and Matt have said consistency - 6 home games without scoring could cost us Top 4 at the end of season and two building will now be have to be more slowly. We have reached a level where improvement will not come quickly and more from team work (improving what we have got) rather than getting new players.
eastneydave
i should hope that 'arry will put his best side out - we can win the fa cup if we have a few more of our 'we can beat anyone on our day' days... if we do that we will be in the final at least, with a bit of luck and performances like we can give we could go all the way.
pompeyrug
Eastneydave you are 100% correct. We need stability and to get away from buying a whole new team every year.
007
its good to see harry changing his perspective on pompey, and does this mean he doesnt want to sign too many more players before end of transfer window?
jbaker
Agree with eastneydave, consistency is the key now for the next 18 months with Pompey. Still think we need a natural goal scorer before the end of the window.
bluedr
we do have a side, that, when everyone plays at there best, no-one - yes, NO-ONE can beat us. the thing that would make us into title contenders would be the consistency that we need, and possibly some slightly younger centre backs, as sol just cant play every game. ...and possibly more "squad players", a creative midfielder, and a goal scorring forward.
pompeycarpet
We are a decent team with some decent players, however we dont really have many players who would get in the Big 4 do we? Jammo maybe, Sylvain maybe and Sulley allegedly but after that they are decent players. We will never attract big stars till the ground is bigger and better and the training facilities are first class. For the last few weeks we have had a reality check, we couldnt score at home, or from a penalty, and we all know we are two or maybe three players short in the squad. Most of our better players have come from the so called bigger clubs, so lets not get carried away.
Owenspompey
the reason our players wouldnt get into the "top 4" is not becasue they dont have the quality - they do - its becasue they dont have the consitency. Diara would have been a star for cheslea or arsenal if he were a little more consistent, and he waited a bit. Kranjcar, if he could play like he did at the begining of the season, he wold be more than a match for whoever it is liverpool or arsenal have running down there left side, muntari, when he plays well, is one of the best players in the league (the ghana coach described him as being "worlds apart" from the rest of there team - which includes essien!) GJ i am convinced would get into any team based on his performcances this season. Utaka, when he runs, is unstoppable, and benjani is pure class - when he is at his goal scorring best. Distin and Jamo are just given to be good enough for the top 4. The thing is, our players arnt consistent, but if they can be, we will be a real force!!!
pompeycarpet
Carpet i have to disagree, Glen is a decent player but Chelsea git rid of him as they feel thay have better, would he get in the United team or Liverpool i dont think he would. Nico decent player but he has found his level with us and i hope he stays, Jammo has had his chance but he again has found his home with us. Sylvain is a great player but again i reckon that a team outside of the big 4 like us is where he will be at his best. Our players arent consistent because we do not have quality all over the pitch, i.e. a natural wide left or right player and a striker who is feared, Benjy is a decent but not pure class come on carpet a class striker is Ronaldo, Berbatov, Adebayor,Torres even Ashton and Defoe, Benjy is decent and needs help from a classy partner.
Owenspompey
glen didnt get his place in the chelsea team because he wasnt good enough. this is true - but he did not play well at all for chelsea!!!and him or wes brown? i know who i would go for. jamoo had his chance, but his consistency early on in his career let him down. but now, he is he num,ber one goalkeepr in the premiership, in my opinion, and in the actim stats - i think he wold get into any team.
pompeycarpet
Whats wrong with Harry? He has made some positive statements lately. It's good to see him doing that- now what's the catch?
frattonaussie
Aussie, as long as he is not trying to big them up before he sells them we should just be glad that Harry is being positive.
Owenspompey
And one of the quality players gets his first senior goal in only his second match for us!
paultsmouth
not bad really! he has played for chelsea, arsenal, and in a french lower league...yet couldnt score, but he can for us! he will be a great player for us - IF he sticks around.
pompeycarpet
Owens, that was my point. I think you will see Nugent, Sol Campbell and possibly either Davis or Mendes go this week And 3 more player brought in.
frattonaussie
and I am never wrong...well only about 80% of the time; but I won't be wrong about Sasha selling the club in the summer.
frattonaussie
sorry mate but i think you will be wrong about most - if not all of what you think might happen... i cannot see sacha selling up this summer, i wont say it 'definately' wont happen, but i dont feel it will tbh.
pompeyrug
time will tell, Nugents injury may put a cloud on him going now. If I was as sure of winning lotto as I am that Sasha will sell, i would put my house on it.
frattonaussie
Why would he sell? We wont be getting rid of any players mate, we will probably add Baros, maybe one more if Harry has his way, but with Nugent getting injured no-one will go.
Owenspompey
exactly... yep, he is a business man but we still have plenty of mileage in the tank yet so he will want to get his full monies worth - and if all goes according to plan he could make alot more money yet... besides he likes owning the club doesnt he?
pompeyrug
Gents, as usual it is bholden upon me to put up a cynical Harry Redknapp reality check as i see it. On sky and everywwhere else last week we desperatly needed a decent squad, we were nearly down to those bare bones.. now suddenly we arent why? two weeks ago, HR was going up north, nufc said travelling out of the question but Harry decides " i couldnt let the fans down" why? reality check.. as much as he is a football manager he is a publicity manager, always has been always will be, a self publicising politician who will say what will benefit him until the day he dies, and as long as we know that it's fine. We havent got masses of quality thgrough out, he has sudenly got a good squad because after the non scoring striker Baros arrives there probably wont be any more. As for Gaydamak selling, that will depend entirely on what property development & commercial benefits there will be at the new stadium location,if none he will sell, if he can recoup his cap ex, he will stay.
russellm
i would of course be delighted if Baros forces me to eat a large slice of humble pie accompanied by lashings of crikey did i say that custard by scoring the winning goal against the Mancs mid week but since he rarely gets a start for Lyons i am not too optimistic
russellm
Sasha is in this as a profit orientated business. Nothing more, nothing less. He looks at % return on his investment so the more hype he creates to up the perceived value and the less he actually spends the better for his pocket. There has been a lot about the stadium yet it goes backwards and forwards and stays the same. It is all on paper or press releases but no actual work commences because of councils or supposedly because of councils. The training facilities may or may not go ahead. They are, in money terms, small fry compared with the stadium. Yes he has spent millions on players but they are an asset and have a sale value but also he gets a minimum 50 million pounds "hand out" from the EPL each season. When the right offer comes along he will sell. In an earlier post on this site I named several areas from where a bid is likely to come from. One of those areas named has already recently tried for a bigger club and failed. They have looked at Pompey so we could still be on their list. As I have said "TIME WILL TELL".
frattonaussie
 

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