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Pompey Become A Box Office Hit Again

  If Pompey's new owners were looking for a sign that fans are behind the new era they have created, they have got it - courtesy of news from the club's ticket office. They have revealed more than 14,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday's friendly visit to Fratton of Chelsea - a staggering number for a game in mid-July, most would agree. It bodes well for the ....

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New Boys Delight Cotterill - Will An Old Boy Do The Same?

  Steve Cotterill has declared himself delighted with the way his new signings are bedding into the squad - and that Tal Ben Haim is among the players now available to him. David Norris, Jason Pearce, Luke Varney, Stephen Henderson and Greg Halford were all involved as Pompey went to Havant for a 4-0 win in their first friendly on Monday night, and so was Ben Haim ....

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New Pompey Striker Has Had Enough Of Looking Down

  Luke Varney has experienced relegation on the final day of each of the past two seasons with Sheffield Wednesday and Blackpool. But having joined Pompey he thinks an end-of-campaign change of division in the other direction is more likely. Varney revealed there were three or four clubs in line to sign from Derby but he didn't take too much convincing to choose a ....

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Will Striker, Winger Or Defender Win Race To Be Pompey's Next Recruit?

  Another day, another signing. Luke Varney is now a Pompey player - and it's almost becoming a race to see who can be next to pull on a royal blue shirt. Suddenly, days of transfer embargos belong to a different era. Following the signings of David Norris, Jason Pearce and Stephen Henderson, Derby striker Varney has joined the Blues. Who's next? Possibly another ....

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Pompey Boss Reveals Priorities As Squad-building Continues

  Steve Cotterill's wish for competition in all areas of the Pompey team will see him continue to build on his impressive flurry of squad-building. After seemingly securing the signings of striker Luke Varney and goalkeeper Stephen Henderson from Derby and Bristol City respectively - evne if these deals have yet to be ratified by the authorities - the Pompey boss ....

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No Fuss, No Faffing - The New Way Of Doing Things At Pompey

  So far, so good. Pompey may not be making it on to too many Sky Sports News yellow breaking news bars with their transfer dealings this summer, but you can't fail to be impressed at the way they are quietly getting their business done. While fans and media may love a manager and a club who brag about their targets before they know if they are going to secure them, ....

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Eight Train With Pompey - But Three New Arrivals May Be Imminent

  The numbers - or rather the lack of them - as Pompey returned to pre-season showed the urgent need for Steve Cotterill to add further new faces to his squad in the next month or so. But that looks like it will happen sooner rather than later with keeper Stephen Henderson and striker Luke Varney set to arrive - and Blackpool defender Ian Evatt emerging as another ....

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Competition For Pompey Target As European Outfit Announce Fratton Visit

  Pompey face competition from Leicester and Premier League new boys Norwich for one of their top summer targets. The Canaries are sniffing around Cardiff winger Peter Whittingham after missing out on Leeds wideman Robert Snodgross. Steve Cotterill is said to want to add Whittingham, Derby striker Luke Varney and Burnley forward Martin Paterson to his squad as they ....

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Pompey Boss Not Ready To Let Anyone Go ... But That May Change

  Steve Cotterill says news of Aaron Mokoena's interest in finding another club is news to him. Admittedly it may still be news to the player himself - with his representative first saying the South African wanted out then suggesting otherwise a few days later. Whatever the truth, Cotterill is not ready to let any of his small number of players go just yet - ....

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Is This Going To Be Cotterill's Most Important Pompey Signing?

  Steve Cotterill couldbe on the verge of his most importanr signing of the summer - the man who will replace Ian Woan on his coaching staff. But the Fratton boss says he does not yet know whether he will appoint an assistant manager or a first-team coach. Woan's departure for the No2's job at Vicarage Road means Cotterill must decide how to shape his backroom ....

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Nugent Snub Won't Worry Pompey If They Land Striker Pair

  Pompey could be close to solving their striker shortage after giving up hope of David Nugent returning to Fratton for another season. Reports suggest they are hopeful of landing both Martin Paterson from Burnley and Luke Varney from Derby. Adding the pair would mean Steve Cotterill had strengthened his defence, midfield and attack since the new owners CSI arrived ....

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More New Faces On Way To Pompey, But Keep Guessing Which Ones...

  Steve Cotterill has given David Lampitt the names of more players he wants to bring to Pompey - and fully expects more new faces to follow in the footsteps of David Norris and Jason Pearce. But although a number of players have been rumoured to be Blues targets, Cotterill reiterated that he would not name names until they were virtually signed and sealed. Pearce ....

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Pompey Boss Closes In On Two Top Targets

  Jason Pearce is set to become Steve Cotterill's second summer signing - and Luke Varney looks a good bet to be number three. It is believed a financial agreement has been reached between Pompey and Bournemouth for the defender, who will join as long as he passes a medical. The Blues are also said to be in pole position to recruit Derby striker Varney following ....

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Is Fratton Park's Arrival Lounge About To Get Busier?

  Things are starting to hot up on the transfer front for Pompey as Jason Pearce reveals he would consider a move to Fratton Park. The Blues' interest in the Bournemouth comes as they are strongly linked with Derby striker Luke Varney. There's little over a week to go until Pompey report back for pre-season training- and as things stand, they have less than a ....

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U-turn Or Not? Pompey Defender's Desire To Stay Is Conditional

  When's a U-turn not a U-turn? Possibly when it doesn't involve a complete denial of an earlier claim or story. Examine the comments of Aaron Mokoena's adviser and you will see that although he is stating that the South African defender doesn't want to leave Pompeym, he is saying there are circumstances under which he would want to go. Add to that the fact that ....

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Pompey Pair Set For Exit, But Will Nugent Really Be Premier League-bound?

  Reports that four Premier League clubs want David Nugent appear exaggerated. Some claim QPR and Swansea want to take Pompey's top scorer - although no-one has managed to name the other two top-flight teams after his services. Nugent does seem likely to leave Fratton Park but perhaps more likely is that he will end up at another Championship club - possibly ....

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Pompey Boss Reflects On Crazy Year - And People Who Got Blues Through It

  Steve Cotterill says Pompey did incredibly well to take their play-off battle to the last few games in a season when many thought they would go down. The Fratton boss has been reflecting on his first year in charge and says it has at times been a crazy place to be. But he praised the efforts of everyone at the club - from top to bottom - for getting the Blues ....

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Pompey Owners Praise Constructive Work Of Blues Fans

  If communication is worth anything in the often-uneasy spaced that exists between owners and fans of football clubs, then the new boys at Pompey's helm seem to know that worth. While Pompey's fans have wasted no time in welcoming CSI to Fratton, the owners for their part have also been quick to praise the supporters for the part they have played in the club's ....

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Hey! Mokoena Wants To Leave...

  Pompey midfielder Aaron Mokoena wants to leave the club having been sidelined by manager Steve Cotterill, according to his agent. However Dietmar Wendorff acknowledges that his client's wage demands might make that difficult, despite interest from abroad. Mokoena was then manager Paul Hart's first signing in the summer of 2009, when he arrived at Fratton park on ....

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Pompey To Start And Finish On The Road

  Pompey will start and end the 2011-12 season on the road - and will have to travel on Boxing Day and New Year's Day. The fixtures are out today and they reveal Blues fans will have to wait until a week before Christmas to face Southampton at Fratton Park. It's scheduled for Saturday, December 17, although could well be moved to the Sunday The first game is at ....

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Wait For It - Pompey Have Owners Who Want To Run A Football Club Properly

  Pompey appear in grave danger of becoming a football club again. That's judging by comments from Steve Cotterill following his initial contact with new owners Convers Sports Initiatives. The Fratton boss is encourage by what lies ahead for the team and the club after meetings with Roman Dubov and Chris Akers, two of the three men who have fronted the successful ....

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Chainrai Getting His Cash Back - But Not All At Once

  Former Pompey owner Balram Chainrai has revealed he will be getting his money back in instalments from new owner Convers Sports Initiatives. The Hong Kong-based businessman sold his stake in the club, plus that of partner Levi Kushnir and brother Deepak to CSI a fortnight ago. His tenure of the club had been controversial to say the least, having acquired a ....

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Pompey Set To Unveil First Signing

  Ipswich midfielder David Norris is expected to become the first signing of the summer as the out-of-contract 30-year-old puts pen to paper this week. Norris, who made his name at Plymouth Argyle before signing for Ipswich in 2008, has been widely tipped as a Pompey signing this summer, having been linked with a move to Fratton Park in January. He is expected to ....

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No Player Ban For Pompey - And No Need To Look For A New Boss

  Pompey have rubbished claims the Tal Ben Haim dispute could see them barred once more from signing players. It was claimed at the weekend the Blues could have their embargo reimbursed if the Israeli defender's claim for £1.4m in unpaid wages dating back to January was proven. But chief executive David Lampitt, on the same day that talk of Steve Cotterill ....

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Worries Over Defender And Manager Hit Pompey's Brave New World

  Pompey's brave new world under fresh ownership faces a twin threat - the possibility of a new transfer ban and the prospect of attempts by Birmingham City to prise away manager Steve Cotterill. A new transfer embargo is reported to be one possible outome if Tal Ben Haim wins his bid for £1.4m in what he says is unpaid wages since he returned to Fratton from ....

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