Pompey talk with Gandor1
has previously brought you the 'knowing me knowing you series' - which is still running, so others will be added and if you want to do one just email - and we had the 'talking Pompey with' series last summer, this now returns under a new name and some fresh questions as 'Pompey talk with'...Gandor1
was asked 6 questions about the 2008/09 season and what the hopes are for the 2009/10, one and indeed our future, is.
This is what they said... So, sum up the 2008/09 season in 3 words?
2008/2009 season was "a levelling experience". I think we all came out the other end of the season with a more measured view of who we are and where we are in the scheme of things and certainly a lot wiser. That said, I couldn't think of any other team I would rather follow than Pompey.
Suddenly things seem 'a lot brighter' for Pompey with Dr SAF taking over - what are your hopes/aspirations under the new ownership? Assuming everything goes through!
Assuming all goes through, I HOPE that Dr Saf will manage the club along the same lines as Sacha, maybe with just a little more input. I HOPE that Dr Saf will enjoy being our Chairman and will bring his family to some of the matches. I HOPE that he will keep his promise and listen to the fans, although I do think that some of the stuff I have heard on the Quay is unrealistic. I HOPE that we get our 30,000 seater FP stadium and that we are able to fill it with proper fans and not Prawnies who don't add anything to the atmosphere - except to abuse the ref (they are very good at that). I HOPE we maintain our unique atmosphere at FP when we are bigger and move to Horsea Island, although that seems unrealistic.
Which players - that we could realistically sign - would you like to see arrive this summer?
Not really into players who play for other teams, but I just hope that the kind of players we attract with our new found wealth won't all be mercenaries and that they will have some respect for the shirt. And us. Oh and quite like Sean Wright Phillips, Kenwyne Jones, Modric, and some of those little scrappers who played for Swansea when they came to visit. Now they showed spirit!
If you had to select 1 player to 'sell' or 'release' this summer who would it be and why?
I would have to release Utaka because he really is the most frustrating player we have.
What are you hoping for from Pompey in the 2009/10 season?
I HOPE for a top eight finish next season, and I really don't see why not. We would have almost done it this season if PA didn't keep settling for draws when we should and could have won. However, we will have such a "new" team next year that perhaps that is too ambitious - top ten anyway. I HOPE that we get Mancini for our Manager as opposed to Bilic - mainly because Bilic does not have experience of managing at club level. I HOPE we keep hold of all our best players and just buy another young talented defender, two midfielders and one striker. I HOPE we don't get any more Africans in cos they will all disappear in January for the African games. I HOPE Belhadj gets it on and starts becoming more consistent.
How many Pompey games do you expect to make during that season?
I shall do all the home games barring holidays (and I hate holidays so I won't be missing many matches). I would like to start going to the odd away game. Did Boro last year and enjoyed it.
Thanks to Gandor1 for answering these.
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Here are the others so far:
pompeyrug ... sneakay ... Pete Alexander/pedalo ... Owenspompey ... PFCGino