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Pompey talk with Chix

Pompey talk with Chix
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'...

Chix 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?
    Three words!? I've never written as few as that Ö Ever!
    But I guess I'd have to go for Ö Redknapp, Adams and Hart. That says it all really!

  • 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 guess I want to see us continue to build on the work Milan and Sasha have done and live within our means to secure the future of PFC first and foremost. My priorities would be Premiership safety, redevelopment of Fratton Park, development of the training ground then maybe a few 'biggish' signings in a year or so.

  • Which players - that we could realistically sign - would you like to see arrive this summer?
    I'm not really that sure what realistic means anymore! I'd love us to sign another couple of cast-offs and watch them develop similar to what we've seen with Diarra and Johnson but as long as everybody who pulls on the blue shirt gives everything for the cause I'll be happy. In all honesty, I think our most important signing we will make this summer will be a new manager - who will hopefully have a long term plan to take the club forward.

  • If you had to select 1 player to 'sell' or 'release' this summer who would it be and why?
    Most of who I would get rid off will go anyway but other than those who have contracts due to expire I would have to (controversially) say Niko Kranjcar. (For me) he shows flashes of brilliance but is not consistent enough throughout a season. The real reason I'd sell him however, is that I'd hate for us not to take £7-10m now and then watch him have a great World Cup and then lose him on a 'free' because he is out of contract at the end of next season.

  • What are you hoping for from Pompey in the 2009/10 season?
    Work to start on the training ground and the development of Fratton Park.

    A return to our traditional kit - I don't like that all blue one and don't see the relevance of it.

    From a league perspective, a top ten twelve finish without getting drawn into a relegation scrap would be great, but I'd settle for 38 points right now, (I always say that).

  • How many Pompey games do you expect to make during that season?
    Fratton End season ticket holder so all home games obviously. I don't go away much these days as I have a young family and need to balance my time (and the pennies!), but I always try to attend all games in both cup competitions (irrespective of opposition). I'll also take in a few reserve games and the odd academy fixture if time permits.

    Thanks to Chix 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 ... pompeycarpet ... PFCMatt ... Pompeyscum ... powered_by_pies ... hammersmithblue

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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Monday June 29 2009
    Time: 1:40PM


    sorry chix, I'm not following here. We have two good players in our team, who can actually unlock a defence and get the goals we will need to stay in the premiership. One of them is Utaka, so the chances are, he will only chip in twice a season. and you want to get rid of the other?! explain!!!
    29/06/2009 16:46:00
    Chixy - Kranjcar must stay! Not only for Pompey's sake, but to get Bilic to come here too! Seriously, what is £7m - £10m when we're owned by a mega-rich oil baron Billionaire?! I'm willing to risk losing him for free if it means he helps us next season.
    29/06/2009 16:53:00
    sorry chix, I'm not following here. We have two good players in our team, who can actually unlock a defence and get the goals we will need to stay in the premiership. One of them is Utaka, so the chances are, he will only chip in twice a season. and you want to get rid of the other?! explain!!!
    29/06/2009 17:45:00
    no idea how I posted that twice... and even less idea how gino got in between?!
    29/06/2009 17:46:00
    Pure Genius Carpet! Depends who comes in for our midfield this transfer window, but taking the money now makes more sense than waiting until next year and getting nothing. We may well alost be the plaything of a rich billionnaire, but I don't think he wants to chuck his money around willie nillie.
    29/06/2009 17:58:00
    Agree with going back to our traditional kit, new manager, and top 12 finish Chix but.....getting shot of Kranjcar? Like carpet, I think he's too creative to lose, now anyway. Ok, it makes good business sense but so does creating and scoring goals. Guess we may be getting a bit panicky because we don't know whose coming in. if anybody.... I am anyway, that's why I want him to stay.
    29/06/2009 18:48:00
    Is that it? Can't believe Chix has been so brief. As usual outspoken and provactive as can be see from the comments already. Me, I respect Chix's views and it is not all about agreement after all.

    But I would keep Niko!!
    29/06/2009 19:11:00
    come on chixy, explain :-)
    29/06/2009 19:24:00
    Vow Chix you really hate Kranjcar :-)
    29/06/2009 22:21:00
    at least he's been consistent in that hasn't he kranjcar19...
    29/06/2009 22:47:00
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