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Mark My Words: New Man Is More Than Just A Manager

  As the hunt for the next manager of Portsmouth FC continues and more names are thrown into the ring I can't help but feel Pompey are delicately poised to make their most important appointment since the departure of Harry Redknapp. I've stayed quiet until now on the vacancy at Fratton Park because frankly I thought someone gobsmackingly mediocre would have taken the post by now. But it ....

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Mark My Words: Will Cotterill's Exit Solve Pompey's Woes?

  Portsmouth Football Club is not the happiest place in the world to be right now. And I doubt there are many fans out there who would say differently. There are in fact a couple of things though that everyone at Pompey can agree on right now despite some of the infighting and evident tension between some supporters. One is that the club are underperforming right now. Secondly that the ....

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Mark My Words: There's No Place Like Home Steve

Well after last week's analysis of Pompey's disciplinary record this season another red card on Saturday I suppose was inevitable. With ill-discipline one key point of frustration for many Blues supporters I wonder when all fans will draw a line under Steve Cotterill's reign. Not forgetting that some already seem to have reached the end of their tether. But if the former Notts County boss ....

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Mark My Words: Time Has Come For Cautious Word On Discipline

Steve Cotterill's Pompey side may divide many opinions on formation, tactics, player selection and style of football but there's now one criticism that's beyond dispute. Despite backing Cotterill in many endeavours at the Fratton helm I too am now losing patience with the amount of cards being picked up by the boys in blue. Liam Lawrence's double helping at West Ham may or may not have been the ....

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Mark My Words: Window Shopping Will Help Cotterill Start Again

Pompey fans seem split over whether or not it's been a good start to the Championship season for Steve Cotterill's side. I'm in the 'yes' camp on that one, the results haven't reflected the games in many cases and some are expecting too much of the side too soon. But one thing is for sure - the manager will be feeling strangely uneasy about Pompey's opening. Throughout his managerial career ....

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Mark My Words: Csi Are Letting Their Money Do The Talking

This time two weeks ago it was optimism ahead of the new season. This time last week is was doom and gloom over a cup exit. This week it's back to the peak of the PFC rollercoaster with a brand new international forward en route. I don't know why I'm surprised. Frogmore Road has felt more like the home of Thorpe Park than Fratton Park in recent times. But the arrival of a new strikeforce has ....

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Mark My Words: Cup Exit Isn't Excused By Meagre Squad

Just when Pompey fans were allowed a chance to be optimistic BANG! Barnet knock the Blues out of the Carling Cup. The low attendance, the poor performance, the manager's reaction - they all compounded supporters' misery on Tuesday night. The finger of blame pointed instantly at the micro-squad Steve Cotterill has at his disposal. But that doesn't cut it - as Liam Lawrence put it: "It ....

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Mark My Words: The Beginning Is Nigh, But Where Will It All End?

    So under-prepared or not Pompey are headed for D-day - the start of the Championship season, away at the Riverside on Saturday. And what better time to get off the fence and look into the MMW crystal ball and make some predictions for this season’s Championship. Let’s start with the important stuff first – Pompey. I’ve spoken about my hopes for ....

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Mark My Words: Does Cotterill Know His Best Eleven?

Pompey\'s final pre-season fixture against Real Betis at Fratton Park on Saturday is both the best test of the side\'s fitness and understanding, and of boss Steve Cotterill\'s squad plans. Three more signings, two permanently, are muted to be en route to the south coast following the five signings already made after the CSI takeover. Article continues ....

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Mark My Words: Captain Disgrace Can\'t Darken A Promising Day

  I wonder if Bobby Moore or even David Beckham ever received such a hostile reception from a Fratton Park crowd as John Terry faced on Saturday. I can\'t say I\'ve seen either play on the south coast, or anywhere in fact, but I imagine that however they played a particular match against the Blues there was still an underlying respect between English football fans and their national side\'s ....

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Mark My Words: Saturday Will Be Something To Boas-t About

  I am drooling at the mouth for Saturday\'s friendly against Chelsea at Fratton Park - and not least because I\'ll be there. A fairly standard win over Havant & Waterlooville last week has set the tone for fans excitement at the new season to begin, if it hadn\'t already shame on you!.   Article continues here   Advertisement   And with the club having spent some serious ....

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Mark My Words: Targets May Cause Varney Rubble But Cotts Has Whitts About Him

  Steve Cotterill has some striking transfer targets this summer – literally – and any forward thinking additions can’t arrive soon enough. The capture of David Norris may add goals from midfield, but the David Nugent-sized hole up front means that the Blues are one key cog short of a decent Championship machine.   Article continues here   Advertisement   On average, ....

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Mark My Words: Where Have Some Fans Left Their Perspective?!

  These are good times to be a Pompey fan. And that\'s something I doubted I\'d be saying twelve months ago, if I\'m being honest. New owners, sending out all the right signs of stability and perhaps even longevity (Whisper it), new players joining the clubs for transfer fees, improvements off the field to the likes of the training ground and backroom staff, and of course two games ....

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Mark My Words: Dubov Must Follow Own Words Of Wisdom

“Those who truly want something will find it, those who don’t will find excuses.” According to his website, this is one of Roman Dubov’s favourite quotations. The new Pompey director will be constantly reminded of these words throughout his time at Fratton Park, and let’s hope there are no excuses over new signings, training ground developments and a new stadium. Article continues here ....

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Mark My Words: Could Three Musketeers Be Blast From The Past For Pompey?

The arrival of Paul Merson back into the Pompey-sphere this week brought back memories of Pompey heroes of recent seasons – and thought for their current situations. Merson was back to entertain fans using his stories from a vast career – and it got me thinking, is there something to be said for reuniting some fans favourites with Fratton Park once again? Article continues here Advertisement Hear me out here. Lomana LuaLua, Benjani Mwaruwari and Yakubu are all ....

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Mark My Words: Out With The Old In With The New

‘Portsmouth takeover complete’ – Déjà vu in the headlines yesterday morning when CSI finally took control of the club from Balram Chainrai and co. And it was déjà vu for Pompey fans’ emotions too – there was the usual relief that the takeover has gone through, the relief that the club can once again look forward, then the scepticism that ....

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Mark My Words: Bargain Basement Dealings Will Make Or Break Season

Well it\'s not often that this column sets the Pompey news agenda - but that\'s what seems to have happened last week as transfer targets are the main talking point around Fratton Park. Local media of all kinds have speculated as to who Steve Cotterill may want to bring in now that the domestic season is over in England, barring a few little games called playoff finals? No, never heard of them ....

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Mark My Words: Pompey Can Learn Playoff Lessons

Four of the most entertaining teams in the division took to the playoffs this week, but what let down Nottingham Forest and Cardiff in their semi-final second legs were factors telling of Pompey\'s season. Furthermore they\'re issues that will heavily influence the amount of success the Blues can achieve in the coming season.   Article continues ....

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Mark My Words: What Will \'fresh-faced\' Pompey Look Like?

This week both manager and captain have spoken about the need for new players to come into the club over the summer if Pompey are to move forward - but that\'s easier said than done at Fratton Park. Steve Cotterill and Liam Lawrence\'s comments have echoed the opinion of many, but the frustrating situation with the club\'s takeover situation is proving a real stumbling block to any recruitment ....

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Mark My Words: Mullin\' Over A Season Well Done

Whatever the result against Scunthorpe on Saturday Pompey boss Steve Cotterill can reflect on a season well done - not that it was evident when Pompey hit the small screen on Monday. Though there was some praise for the former Notts County boss buried amidst the Norwich promotion party and Hayden Mullins\' player-of-the-year award, the Blues can reflect on a season that has surpassed all ....

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Mark My Words: Blues Fans Right To Become Hectic Sceptics

Well surprise surprise, the Blues fans heard the news of a takeover and to a man said: \'We\'ll believe it when we see it.\' And what do we hear next? The deal\'s stalled. Chanrai and Kushnir are demanding more money. CSI still haven\'t passed the Football League fit and proper persons test. Etcetera, Etcetera, Etcetera. Article continues here Advertisement   There are some ....

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Mark My Words: Is New Owner Talk Right Timing Or Timed Right?

Well Fratton Park is once again surrounded by conspiracy theories as news of a potential takeover at Portsmouth FC begins. Many are asking is this a PR exersise to counteract the negative feeling the club generated over the issue of season tickets. Whilst in the past I have been quite supportive of the club in these matters and those relative to takeover issues, I must say this seems a little ....

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Mark My Words: Backroom Staff Come To The Forefront

Calls for Pompey to follow up the contract renewals of first team coaches Ian Woan and Guy Wittingham by handing Steve Cotterill a new contract gave me a pleasant thought check this week. Rarely over the years has a backroom team gelled so well, particuarly when taking into consideration the difficult times at the cub, than the current ....

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Mark My Words: Season Ticket Rise Will Only Brew Mistrust

This week has seen many fans understandably angry about the club’s decision to raise season ticket prices and demand up-front payments with extra administration costs. First thing’s first let’s deal with the reason for the rise – is it to help the club? Apparently not, with commercial director Lucius Peart stating on the club’s website: “There has been a ....

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Mark My Words: Don\'t Bet On Blues Going Goalless Next Season

After ruining my accumulator at the weekend I was both surprised and angry to see Pompey record a goalless draw in a match for the first time in 33 games on Saturday against Middlesbrough. To be honest I didn’t have high hopes going into the match, with the visitors boasting the type of players who always seem to score against us, Leroy Lita, Barry Robson and Scott McDonald to name but a ....

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