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What is left and what to do



So what have we got left?

Goalkeepers:

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.

Defenders:

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?

Midfield:

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.

Strikers:

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.
pompeyrug
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..
CharlieChimes
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.
Chix
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
Football_Casual
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!
tracyc
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.
Pompeyscum
Don't know about worst season in 15 years! Fighting relegation from the Premiership is better than doing it a division below
paultsmouth
Fantastic this is, Doggo. Glad you put it into an article Rug, this is Chimes gold!!
PFCGino
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:- http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/en/wettbewerb/GB1/premier-league/uebersicht/startseite.html 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,
doggo
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.
Pompeyscum
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.
Pompeyscum
Oops! Please ignore my above comments - pressing refresh seems to resend my old comment
Pompeyscum
I do get the feeling that Saf is getting his foot in the door, I reckon he doesn't have the funds to bombard the transfer market, but I think once he is officially owner, other investors may well join him and then we will see some action
paultsmouth
Hi Paultsmouth, I enjoy reading your posts too, but for too long the silent majority have kept quiet, I am the voice of the silent majority. To tell you the truth I enjoyed the football in Div 1 before it became the championship, the players played with more passion, the football may not have been as pretty but it was a damn more exciting, and the possiblity was always there that we could actually beat any team in the division, WE HAD HOPE EVERY GAME. Even the first year in the premiership was exciting, but then every year since all I have thought was, we will win this , probably draw this, lose this, the latter being the more prolific thought each week, When we were bottom 3 in Div 1, I always thought we can win this week, we can still do this and escape relegation and we always did, and the relieif and excitement was intense. Thats gone now. Going to a premiership game is a like having a ritual bath, before attending some religious ceremony in ancient times, you do it every week and you know what to expect. But if a prophet (player) of the chosen race(team) comes along and upsets the money changers( Big 4) in the Temple (stadium on match day) then the Pharisees, (I mean press/sky/TV pundits) hatch a plot proclaiming he is a false prophet, and subsequently the Pharisees crucify him and his followers, or worse still the money changers entice our prophet to turn his back on his followers with the dreaded 20 pieces of silver. In 1977 years, nothing has changed. since the first fans champion was crucified at his peak of form at 32 years of age for upsetting the the establishment. My question is will a new Prophet arrive this season, and give us the faith we need lives to sustain through 38 games.
doggo
Hi Paultsmouth, I enjoy reading your posts too, but for too long the silent majority have kept quiet, I am the voice of the silent majority. To tell you the truth I enjoyed the football in Div 1 before it became the championship, the players played with more passion, the football may not have been as pretty but it was a damn more exciting, and the possiblity was always there that we could actually beat any team in the division, WE HAD HOPE EVERY GAME. Even the first year in the premiership was exciting, but then every year since all I have thought was, we will win this , probably draw this, lose this, the latter being the more prolific thought each week, When we were bottom 3 in Div 1, I always thought we can win this week, we can still do this and escape relegation and we always did, and the relieif and excitement was intense. Thats gone now. Going to a premiership game is a like having a ritual bath, before attending some religious ceremony in ancient times, you do it every week and you know what to expect. But if a prophet (player) of the chosen race(team) comes along and upsets the money changers( Big 4) in the Temple (stadium on match day) then the Pharisees, (I mean press/sky/TV pundits) hatch a plot proclaiming he is a false prophet, and subsequently the Pharisees crucify him and his followers, or worse still the money changers entice our prophet to turn his back on his followers with the dreaded 20 pieces of silver. In 1977 years, nothing has changed. since the first fans champion was crucified at his peak of form at 32 years of age for upsetting the the establishment. My question is will a new Prophet arrive this season, and give us the faith we need lives to sustain through 38 games.
doggo
what are your thoughts on the 4-8 players we need to bring in if we only get 20m to spend then?? i would go for grafters rather than skillfull players with no prem experience. oniel 4 million has done it before can play wide right or centre. benjani 4m will lift the croud with his effort. nolan 4m had a good few years at bolton and proved he can score from midfield. viduka free but high wages . has more quality than crouch if fit.. samba 6m has quality ideal replacement for distin and a few loans ...
pompeyhussler
Hi Paultsmouth, I enjoy reading your posts too, but for too long the silent majority have kept quiet, I am the voice of the silent majority. To tell you the truth I enjoyed the football in Div 1 before it became the championship, the players played with more passion, the football may not have been as pretty but it was a damn more exciting, and the possiblity was always there that we could actually beat any team in the division, WE HAD HOPE EVERY GAME. Even the first year in the premiership was exciting, but then every year since all I have thought was, we will win this , probably draw this, lose this, the latter being the more prolific thought each week, When we were bottom 3 in Div 1, I always thought we can win this week, we can still do this and escape relegation and we always did, and the relieif and excitement was intense. Thats gone now. Going to a premiership game is a like having a ritual bath, before attending some religious ceremony in ancient times, you do it every week and you know what to expect. But if a prophet (player) of the chosen race(team) comes along and upsets the money changers( Big 4) in the Temple (stadium on match day) then the Pharisees, (I mean press/sky/TV pundits) hatch a plot proclaiming he is a false prophet, and subsequently the Pharisees crucify him and his followers, or worse still the money changers entice our prophet to turn his back on his followers with the dreaded 20 pieces of silver. In 1977 years, nothing has changed. since the first fans champion was crucified at his peak of form at 32 years of age for upsetting the the establishment. My question is will a new Prophet arrive this season, and give us the faith we need lives to sustain through 38 games.
doggo
"what's left?"... not a lot really.
pompeycarpet
the only problem with next year we keep signing africans and they have an afican nations cup this year yes?? belhadj utaka benjani if we sign him diop mokkena kanu thats half our squad at the moment..
pompeyhussler
Hi PompeyHussler, I would be totally ruthless to ensure Pompeys survival this season, and I believe I could remain in budget too. I would do to the teams below us what the teams above us have done to PFC every year, and thats take the best players from the inferior teams below PFC. Accordingly, these are Burnley, Hull, Wolves, Birmingham, Stoke and Wigan. The best avilable plaers to taget from these team to rip the heart out of them are Chris kirkland and Paul Scharner, of Wigan, Mathew Ethrington and James Beattie of Stoke, Sylvan Evans-Blake of Wolves, Geovanni and Jimmy Bullard of Stoke, , they are available for about a combined fee of 25M, plus wages, and I would get rid of Ashdown, Hughes, Wilson and Crainie for a combined fee of about 5m, so getting rid of the deadwood left in the squad will leave pompey to find 20m and wages for 3 players, but would still leave a hole for a couple of defenders.(another story - but i believe we will see these players come from abroad) but it would guarantee survival by weakening the teams who are expecxted to finish below us whilst at the same time strengthening the PFC squad, and keeping wages for the whole team managable. So if Mr SAF and Paul Hart are shrewd they should ensure Pompeys survival this season, for a modest outlay and be in budget, regardless of the all player sales that have taken place so far. You may not agree with bringing in the players I have proposed, but all the above players are the soul of the 6 teams expected to finish below PFC and available to buy , it would strengthens the Pompey squad and weakens the teams below us, and I commend this budget to the house!
doggo
Personally I'd put defenders higher up the list, except for a keeper, we've got Jamo and Asmir, we don't need another keeper. But we've lost Glen, Sol and Distin, we have Belhadj and Herman vying for left back, Kaboul who can play at either right back or central and a couple of inexperienced players to fill the gap. We do need midfielders and strikers too of course, but I'd rather have a solid back four again and make do with Utaka, Nuge and Kanu up front than the other way round.
tracyc
if you do not concede goals you cannot lose games - this is very much harts philosophy, but if you cannot create you cannot score either... playing for a draw and hoping to win wouldnt be enough this season. at least one central defender is a must but at least 2 midfielders, and with the ability to create is a must. i would forgoe a striker, if really needed, so long as we had more of a creative influence in the middle of the park as i still feel player we have can score goals if given chances, or is that hope they can...
pompeyrug
Whilst we may put out a team thats not much different from some at the end of the season it doesn't make good reading. Cranie and Wilson have it all to prove. Mullins and Hughes are no more than squad players to be used when you're desperate, at least they will come in and try but they lack real quality. Utaka and Nugent still have a bit to prove but i feel they are both likely to come good given a sustained run in their proper positions. But we are in deep doo doo if anybody get injured.
Steve C
 

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