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Pompey talk with pompeycarpet

Pompey talk with pompeycarpet
Vital Pompey 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'...

pompeycarpet 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?
    What went wrong?

    We started the season with such high hopes - a team that should have been challenging the likes of villa, Everton, and arsenal for the 4th champions league spot. We had England's Number one, 4 solid defenders, 4 exceptional midfielders, and three gifted strikers.

  • 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!
    I hope we get to see better football at Fratton Park than we did in the tail end of last season, and hopefully we can secure survival a little earlier. If we could continue where Sasha left of from this time last year (BEFORE we had to sell Muntari), and AFTER we had been promised three big players), I would be happy though. Although I doubt Real, Inter and Rangers would let us have Diarra, Muntari and Mendes back.

  • Which players - that we could realistically sign - would you like to see arrive this summer?
    We need two new central midfielders - it would be great to see Manuel Fernandes come back, and Giovanni dos Santos also looks like an exciting proposition.

    We also need another centre forward, and I think that either Jo or Saviola would be good signings, although possibly they are both aiming to high. And it might be worth trying to get Vela on loan from Arsenal.

    It looks like we will be needing a right back too - so I would think maybe we could approach Man U, to try to get Rafael on loan (or as part of a swap for Johnson?), other whys we will likely be having to look at Cranie, Kaboul or someone from the championship. That would also mean we will probably need a new central defender - which could be Micah Richards, if Man City keep bringing in floods of expensive players.

  • If you had to select 1 player to 'sell' or 'release' this summer who would it be and why?
    Haden Mullins. Ok, he's solid - but I genuinely think that we would play better with only 10 players on the pitch, than with him in the team, he is so negative!

  • What are you hoping for from Pompey in the 2009/10 season?
    I think the first thing to aim for is 40 points, and survival. Aiming beyond that is too much for now, as we struggled badly at the end of last season, and it looks like we will have sold our best players by the time this one starts. Unless the new owner splashes out on an expensive manager, and puts a lot of money into new players, we will struggle. And even if he does spend big, it's no guarantee life will be any easier!

    Having said that, we could go out and get a top 10 finish, a decent run in one of the cups, and possibly play some good football along the way. It depends how long it takes for the owner, and a new manager to come in, and which players leave!

  • How many Pompey games do you expect to make during that season?
    No Idea! I hope to go to the first game of the season (wherever that is… I'll probably know by the time this is out…), and I'll take it from there.

    Thanks to pompeycarpet for answering these.



    If anyone else wants to answer the questions simply drop me an email as a request, or send your answers to be direct at and I will make it happen.

    Here are the others so far:
    pompeyrug ... sneakay ... Pete Alexander/pedalo ... Owenspompey ... PFCGino ... Gandor1 ... tracyc ... southportpompey ... pompeycook ... paultsmouth

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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Monday June 22 2009
    Time: 7:42AM


    nice one carpet!
    whilst mullins is far from my favourite player i do think that it is unfair to say that he is so negative it would be better to play with the end of the day it was hart that was selecting 3 defensively minded midfielders wasnt it - so it was hart making us negative, not exactly mullins was it...
    22/06/2009 08:17:00
    yes, but if Mullins wasn't playing, that would be one less player that was passing it back... ...ok, maybe it was a slight exageration
    22/06/2009 15:57:00
    also, the other midfielder I would have ,iked us to sign is orlando englaar. However with storrie saying that we are unlikely to spend that much, I think I could have to revise my expectations.
    22/06/2009 15:59:00
    ild take all your transfer targets every day of the week, theyll do for me.
    22/06/2009 17:49:00
    I'd have Pedro back any day of the week and he'd be the least expensive option out of all those we let go. I'm probably being a bit soft cos the guys a professional footballer, but I do hope Mullins doesn't read our comments. If it was me I'd feel truly crucified. Having said that, the setup with Mullins, Hughes and Davis was truly awful, we've just got to be able to do better than that.
    22/06/2009 19:21:00
    I wasn't impressed with Mullins either - I thought he was truly awful, but perhaps it was due to the set up more than his ability. Was it?
    22/06/2009 20:18:00
    cornypomp - ah. your right. Normally, I hope players do read my comments, as usually, they are full of optimism/at worst constructive criticsim. I guess that I was a little too critical of poor old Hayden. sorry if your reading this mate :-0
    22/06/2009 20:56:00
    Hi Hayden Mullins here. I am truly gutted at the comments regarding my performances. All I hear is how you want Mendes or Diarra or Muntari back in the midfield - Perhaps some of you should try playing week in week out and get to see how hard it is
    Hayden Mullins

    A Tectchy Mr Mullins ? mee thinks... Good work Carps.. as always although I'm not sure Saviola is a real option is he.. Nobody seems to want him so why should we take him.. Surely if he was (still) any good somebody would have snapped him up by now
    22/06/2009 23:30:00
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