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What is left and what to do

What is left and what to do
So what have we got left?


Begovic - Above Ashdown as number 2 GK now.
Ashdown - Looking for 1st team action, may move on too this window.
James - Has been strangely quiet since his op.


Cranie - England Under 21 and just not a premiership player.
Wilson - Up and coming youngster - needs time to prove himself at this level, not 1st team material yet.
Distin - off to villa for 3m?
Kaboul - With Distin we can at least have a solid central pairing.
Hreidarsson - We nearly lost him!
Primus - Player - Ambassador - Team Spiritualist?


Diop - Was missed last season.
Basinas - Deserves a chance - played well when allowed to!
Mullins - Huffs and puffs but no inspiration to those around him.
Kranjcar - Last season for Pompey and he's off.
Belhadj - Ok can defend as well ;-) just needs to keep his cool!
Hughes - Born Survivor the number of contract he has had.


Utaka - mostly right midfield last when used, next player to Go?
Nugent - works hard when not injured! Needs goals, and needs to play up front in a 4-4-2.

What can be said, except I'll be going to watch the local pre-season friendlies, and take a look at the trialist's, shall wear my replica kit just in case they need to bring a supporter on to make up the numbers;-)

Seriously though, Pompey can still put out a team that wouldn't look much different from a starting 11 at the tail end of last season. There is core of players still, which can be built on. What we need is some star quality to replace the quality we have lost last year.

We need a defender in every position, a left and right sided midfielder and 2 strikers that's 8 players, so the new administration needs to buy 6 new players and bribe 2 loanees to join us, for Pompey to have any chance of survival this season.

That's a fact Mr SAF its no good have plans for the academy, new training ground, a revamped FP, if we are bottom of the table and then relegated, your BP will just go down the drain, I for one don't mind where we are in the table next season, as long as its not in a relegation position. So bringing in players that will ensure our stay in the PL is OK by me, and so far I for one am happy that our wage bill has been reduced, we have sent out a message, and the message is we have got our house in order, and can at last possibly turn a profit.

I for 1 am sick of players astronomical wages, Sol Campbell was supposedly on 100K a week, I know a players career is short but he will have earned my lifetimes income in 4 months, nothing short of obscene when you think of it. So don't anyone give me any crap over this ok, cos player wages make me bitter, I did some maths Sol Campbell's wages accounted for 50% all gate receipts in a year. Now that he has gone sure we can reduce ticket prices by 50%, and the club will still be better off.

Ok fantasy I know, but if that was the costs of just 1 player, make you wonder about the total and how easily the club could afford to almost give away season tickets, one thing is for sure you would easily fill a 50,000 seater stadium for every game if season ticket were reduced by 2/3rds.

Anyway going back to the main point above, I am happy for this club to finish 16th this season as long as :-

1. Tangible evidence that work on revamping the stadium and training ground and academy is visible - take note Mr Storrie, no more spin, we don't want spin from you anymore, we are sick of it. We don't want dreams, we want something real, something we can touch.

2. PFC need to control its own destiny, not finance institutions, we don't want to read the rubbish that the press report or the opposite spin from the club, to later find out what the press said was actually true!

3. Oh and lastly, I don't care which manager is in charge at the start of the season, as long as players are brought in to the club to play in the natural position of the best skill level, I don't want to see a prima donna player played out of position just to give home a place in the team, I would rather see 10 average outfield players in their natural positions playing above average team football because they actually know how to play in the position they are playing in.

Last season was the worst i have ever seen in 15 years of watching Pompey play, so if you have to sell more players because we are overloaded in one position, do it, but lets have 22 players, 2 natural players in each position.

Thanks for listening ~ Doggo

Written by doggo.

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Date:Friday July 17 2009
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cracking stuff doggo, most of which i agree with - a few players have been missed out, but there are not proven 1st team players so i see why they have been, others have not signed contracts so again i see why...

i would say more, but i have to go to work now - but will finish by again saying 'nice one' keep your thoughts coming mate.
17/07/2009 16:03:00
Diop was missed last season, its quite amazing how true that is! I don't think I could bear Distin leaving, I really don't want him to go..
17/07/2009 16:17:00
As I said when I read that before Doggo some really good points made .. Not sure I agree with everything you say but your passion for the club shines through and in some respects thats the important thing .. Well done for standing up and having your say.
17/07/2009 16:45:00
you missed out the seven youngsters coming through ;) also subotic and koro and kanu.Apart from that great article and it souds you bleed blue :D.PUP
17/07/2009 17:11:00
Really well written and well considered article, doggo. I agree with most of what you say. Defence is a particular worry. We had a poll on the site not long back about Kaboul - is he better at centre back or right back. I think he's going to need to play both at the same time! I like the idea of all supporters turning up in full Pompey kit just in case they need us to play!
17/07/2009 17:27:00
Wages are always going to be a problem, you just have to pay the going rate. Overall I would say Sol has been very good for the club.
17/07/2009 18:29:00
Don't know about worst season in 15 years! Fighting relegation from the Premiership is better than doing it a division below
17/07/2009 18:36:00
Fantastic this is, Doggo. Glad you put it into an article Rug, this is Chimes gold!!
17/07/2009 18:45:00
Thanks for all the comments, & Yep I do bleed Blue, but what I say is based on facts, not fantasy or fiction or dreams. The club have spent the last year planning this fire sale, they knew on our F|A cup final day that it was coming and so did Harry, it's why he walked, he did'nt want to be seen as the Man who spent so much on players he recommended to the board to buy, that eventually put the club in the state we find it today. Fair do's though, we have had our moment in the Sunshine (Phew nearly said TheSUN then, we hate Scunners) and that was priceless, a once in a generation , I mean lifetime experience for blue fans everywhere. but now it payback time, but we are still in the Premiership, and we are not in administration and not likely to be if we stay up or go down this season. Regarding all the professional contracted players at the club, go to this link:- This is an up to date site that gives the low down on every contracted player in the premier league by team, such as market value now, contract dates, players agent, which players are on the agents books, player profiles, and transfer history and transfer costings, even includes left /right footed, well just about everythng really, trust me this is an eye opener! Point to note, 2 of the 23 players on the books are already out of contract, and Kanu is contracted till 30/6/2010, though that's because he has the option to stay if he wants it, otherwise he is free to walk. More worringly Pompey have 9 of the remaining 21 players on the books out of contract and free to walk end of the season. 30/6/2010, All rather handy if Pompey are in the chamnpionship next season. As we will be left with no high earners. and I expect no debt either. At least we should'nt go into Administration next season. All we have to do is survive, and quiet honestly, if that's the scenario we are left with, Paul Hart will keep us up. Anything Mr SAF does for this club as far as im concerned will be positive and very welcome, and will keep us in the Premiere league. 20 on 4 players oozing quality will easily do it. Trust me,
17/07/2009 18:59:00
Wages are always going to be a problem, you just have to pay the going rate. Overall I would say Sol has been very good for the club.
17/07/2009 19:21:00
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