Chix's Chatter - Controversial or what?
Chix takes a hard stare at the criticism of Pompey's current situation and asks 'Wembley! Was it worth it?'
Life as a Pompey fan is never dull is it?
One minute we feel 'On top of the World', the next, that proverbial rug is pulled from beneath our size nines and with the assistance of gravity we come hurtling back towards Earth with the full weight of the World pressing firmly on our shoulders.
But aren't the ups & downs and the trials & tribulations of supporting your team what being a football fan is all about?
For obvious reasons the present communication embargo in operation around the corridors of Fratton Park is frustrating the majority of fans to such an extent that some feel the need to plan demonstrations or rip-up their Season Tickets. Whether we agree with these actions is somewhat irrelevant to the debate I want to present, but Pompey's eerie silence whether justified or not, continues to hang like a shadow over virtually every conversation concerning our beloved club.
Some claim that the silence is necessary while Pompey get their (financial) house in order; others see a far darker picture in which silence can only mean evil!
Over the past couple of months I have read many views on 'Pompey's Plight' and to say they differ from one person to another is an understatement, but between the lines they all seem intent on associating blame. Some supporters blame Sasha for our current predicament; others blame Jamie's Dad, some Peter Storrie or Dr SAF. I've even heard somebody blame Gordon Brown!
Personally, I do not know who (if anybody) is to blame, but having read and listened to those many discussions the common thread that hangs from them all is that (with Sasha's permission) Sandra's Husband attracted players to Fratton Park by offering 'over the odds' salaries. Salaries which with the help of 'the Credit Crunch' became unsustainable and it is that unsustainability (Dr SAF or no Dr SAF) that puts us where we are today.
However, it could be argued that the players earning those 'over the odds' salaries delivered the goods. In short space of time Pompey became a top ten Premiership club, packed with international stars and at their peak, in 90 golden Wembley minutes a year ago last May they delivered the FA Cup to the City of Portsmouth for the first time in 69 years and with it followed European football and AC Milan.
But was it all worth it? If we were to know then that within a year most of our heroes would be sold on to settle the very debts their salaries helped create would we have taken our moment of glory? Or would we have settled for a more secure future as a mid-table Fulham?
I guess my question is…
Was the 'up' of winning the FA Cup worth the 'down' of where we are today?
Join me in the debate below.