Pompey skipper's reasons for hope for bright future
By Site reporter
Thursday 17 Oct 2013 21:14:00
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Pompey skipper Johhny Ertl says the stability that Pompey are finally finding after years of uncertainty is building a strong club for the long-term.


Ertl revealed he had played with 60 different players since arriving at the club little more than a year ago, but said there were positive signs the club was becomning more settled by the month.

He told The News: ‘What we didn’t have at this club over the years was stability. All over the place there were so many new faces coming in. I have seen 60 faces already and I only signed 13 months ago. This is true!

‘Although the bookies had us for promotion but realistically we are a team that needs time, we need stability and to work hard on the pitch. Stability, sustainability, these are the key words and everybody is working hard.

‘We have got to improve in certain parts, everybody knows it at the club because we are a community club – but it is a work in progress. With all the players I have played with, of course I remember them because you spend so much time together on the training ground and there are so many great characters.

‘I am still in touch with a lot, that’s the nice thing about football, so when they move in different directions you keep up. Right now we have one pick-up point for away games and we leave from the ground but before that the players used to live all over the country.

‘Last year when we had an away game in the north we had five pick-up points, it was the reality. Nowadays we have a settled, stable squad, with players living here in Portsmouth.

'It was almost a never-ending story last season and was difficult, a huge task, but I learned a lot out of the situation. When you see all this process over the year and people right now here who really care about the club, this makes me so proud. It is the most important thing.’

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