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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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The Day They Turned Out To Hail Pompey's And Nigeria's King

  Kanu has retired from international football - and in just the sort of style you would expect from a man they call The King. Nearly 15,000 fans turned out as the Pompey striker and former Nigeria captain retired from international football after 16 years with a star-studded match in Lagos. The Super Eagles beat a Rest of the World XI 3-1 ... and guess who ....

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Ex-pompey Manager Has Message For New Owners

  Ex-Pompey boss Jim Smith has told the club's new owners to make a priority out of sorting out land issues and pressing on with a new stadium. The Bald Eagle believes Convers Sports Initiatives are 'proper businessmen' who will realise the potential a new ground would unlock if they can resolve issues surrounding land ownership which have left Pompey hamstrung in ....

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Green Light For Pompey's Big Rebuild To Begin?

  Talks over Pompey's squad are to be held between Steve Cotterill and the new owners Convers Sports Initiatives within the next week. Reports by The News say CSI are likely to make a proper start on what many see as their main priority on Monday or Tuesday. There's been no official comment on this from CSI, David Lampitt or Cotterill, but if it is correct, it will ....

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Another Pompey Friendly Confirmed - At A Familiar Spot

  Pompey's annual visit to West Leigh Park has been confirmed. They will visit the Hawks for a friendly on Monday, July 11 - just 10 days after most of the squad return for pre-season training. But there is still no confirmation of where the Blues will go for their tour. They could head back to North America despite the troubles they had last yar, or may head for ....

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Poll: Pompey Fans Give Cautious Thumbs Up To New Owners And A Press Conference Is Mooted...

  Just over half of Pompey's fans regard the takeover by the club by Convers Sports Initiatives as 'good news'. A poll on truebluearmy.com found that 54% of fans had given a thumbs up to the news that CSI - 85% owned by London-based Russian Vladmir Antonov - were now in charge at Fratton Park. CSI took control of PFC seven days ago, but have yet to make clear their ....

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Could It Be 'hello English Rose' For Pompey?

Danny Rose has emerged as a strong candidate to become one of Steve Cotterill's first major summer signings. Reports say the winger - who was a target for the Blues last summer - is set to leave Spurs and join Pompey on loan. Spurs do not see Rose breaking into their first team next season but don't want to sell him. It would be something of a coup for Pompey if they could recruit Rose, who ....

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Give Cotterill Some Money - And A New Long-term Fratton Deal

CSI have been urged to give Steve Cotterill the money to go out and boost his squad – and give him a new long-term contract. strong backing for the job the manager has done with the squad on ‘peanuts’ has come from Liam Lawrence, who rates Cotterill up there with any manager he has worked with. Now the former Stoke man says Cotterill must be allowed to spend some money, and ....

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The Player Keen To Come To Pompey - And The Player Keen To Go Elsewhere

    Brian Howard says he would be interested in a move to Pompey. The Reading midfielder has hinted he is looking at his options after failing to get as many games at the Madejski last season as he would have liked. The Blues are set to strengthen their midfield by tying up the signing of David Norris from Ipswich, and the addition of Howard would be another ....

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Defender Says Pompey Can Return To The Big Time

    Ricardo Rocha believes Pompey are on the way back to the Premier League. In the week the takeover by Convers Sports Initatives has gone through, the Portuguese defender says Steve Cotterill is the right man to take the Blues forward - and says he is keen to play his part too. Rocha was many fans' player of the season - but for a couple of spells out ....

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Cotterill 'is Safe' - And The Small Matter Of Pompey's Squad-building Begins

Steve Cotterill seems highly likely to be given the go-ahead to start rebuilding his squad by the club’s new owners – as chief executive David Lampitt speaks of the importance of pressing ahead with transfer market business. There’s nothing official on it from CSI, but reports suggest Cotterill’s initial contact with his new employers has led to assurances they are not ....

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Will History Show This To Be One Of Pompey's Better Days?

    As the first day of June, another acton-packed 24 hours in the action-packed recent history of PFC, comes to an end, it is tempting to be optimistic about the future. But it's surely a temptation most fans will - for now at least - resist. And that's not meant suggest negativity towards the club's new owners, Convers Sports Initiatives. Fans aren't being ....

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Pompey Takeover Complete: Official

    Portsmouth Football Club has new owners this morning. As widely expected the takeover of the club by Convers Sports Initiatives was announced officially at 9am on Wednesday. The news follows several motnhs of negotiations with CSI owners Vladimir Antonov, Roman Dubov and Chris Akers. The trio all passed The Football League’s fit and proper persons test back in April. Pompey chief executive David Lampitt told the official site: 'I am pleased to ....

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Poll: Pompey Fans Resounding Takeover Verdict

    Pompey fans have demonstrated their frustration with the ongoing takeover saga at the club. In a truebluearmy.com poll, in response to the question 'When will the takeover of PFC happen?' 56% opted for the 'Sometime never' option. Sports group Convers Sports Initiatives have been negotiating a deal to takeover the club from current owners Balram Chainrai ....

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Cotterill's Wish-list Will Delight Pompey Fans

Steve Cotterill says he has lined up a couple of signings that would delight him and Pompey's fans if they could be secured. The Pompey boss says he has a couple of players 'on hold' and hopes to recruit them - both are free transfers he says he would happily pay money for. Meanwhile David Lampitt says the Blues are still waiting to hear whether another of Pompey's existing stars will sign a ....

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Pompey On Lookout For Players - But Odds Are Against Cotterill

Pompey are focusing their squad-strengthening efforts on free transfers - and can't sign anyone at the moment. Boss Steve Cotterill says he cannot proceed clearly with his summer recruitment drive - desperately needed after the club were left with just 11 senior pros at the end of the season - while uncertainty over the ownership continues. The Blues are reported to have missed out on Ipswich ....

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Is Nugent Leaving Pompey - Or Just Keeping Options Open?

Steve Cotterill believes David Nugent may be waiting to see how Pompey’s summer transfer business goes before deciding whether to sign a new Fratton contract. The Pompey manager is fairly well convinced that the Blues’ top scorer will not stay with the club but says his lack of keenness to pen a new deal could be because he is keeping his options open. Most would like Nugent to stay ....

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The Man Who Couldn't Play For Pompey ... Still Wants To Play For Pompey

So Tal Ben Haim reportedly still wants to play for Pompey. Whatever next? Sulaiman Al Fahim reveals he does have a few quid, Harry Redknapp says Pompey's successful Premier League years weren't all down to him and Ali Aj Faraj poses for a Fratton Park photocall on a JCB as he unveils plans for a new stadium. Perhaps not, but the Israeli defender's stance is certainly a twist that few saw coming. ....

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Pompey Youngsters Have Moved On - But This One's Going Nowhere

Joel Ward has spoken of his delight at the development that has seen him become a key part of Pompey’s plans. As Steve Cotterill starts work on adding to his squad over the summer, he can at least be safe in the knowledge he already has one solid signing in the bag – that of Emsworth lad Ward, who now has a contract lasting until the end of next season. In a year when Cotterill has ....

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Fans Will Take A 'wait For It' View On Pompey's 'done Deal' Story

Pompey are reported to be in pole position to land Ipswich midfielder David Norris - but fans who have seen too many targets slip through the Blues' hands will probably take the view that they'll believe it when they see it. The claims come from sources in Hull, who reckon they will miss out on the former Portman Road captain. Steve Cotterill was keen to land Norris in January as he sought to ....

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