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Chainrai: We Must Go All Out For Premier Return

Balram Chainrai has spoken of the importance of getting Pompey back in the Premier League – but has admitted he may not be around to see them return. Pompey’s new owner says everyone must work hard to earn the rewards the Premier League would bring. But he has also said he is not ‘the right man’ to lead the Blues ....

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Can Pompey Cope Without Nuge - And What Will The Owner Think?

Balram Chainrai is expected at Fratton Park on Tuesday night to see a Pompey squad that could do with a boost in numbers now or in the January transfer window. Steve Cotterill won’t blame the defeat at Derby on a lack of strength in depth but many say the fact he could not replace David Nugent – who will also miss the QPR clash – with another striker shows the Blues need ....

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Pompey Can't Afford To Play For Only Half The Game

Steve Cotterill doesn’t want any more games of two halves like he witnessed from his team at Derby. The Pompey boss felt the Blues could have got some reward from Pride Park had their first-half display been as strong as their second period. And he knows there can be no 45-minute disappearing acts if they’re to get anything from the visit of leaders QPR on Tuesday ....

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Future Uncertain, But Halford Wants Pompey Top-six Spot

His future at Pompey may be uncertain, but that’s not stopping Greg Halford eyeing up a top-six spot for the Blues. The defender doesn’t know whether Pompey and Wolves will thrash out a deal to keep him at Fratton beyond the home clash with Doncaster, but Blues fans will be hoping they can after a string of impressive displays. Meantime, the ex-Reading man is upbeat ahead of the trip ....

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Playing Football Is A Privilege Pompey Star Won't Give Up Lightly

Hermann Hreidarsson says it is a privilege to be a footballer – and it’s not a privilege he wants to give up any time soon. The defender is playing again after six months out with a ruptured Achilles, and says he always had the belief he could make a comeback. Meanwhile, there’s less-certain news about another Pompey defender. Advertisement The ....

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Pompey Youngster May Be Wanted By Hiddink

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill still wants to loan out Nadir Ciftci – even though he is catching the eye of Turkey coach Guus Hiddink. The Dutch former Chelsea manager was in the stand at West Leigh Park on Monday night as Ciftci helped a Pompey XI win a friendly against Havant & Waterlooville. Advertisement But while the youngster, who has made a number of ....

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Pompey Scorer Hails The Cotterill Factor

One of the heroes of Pompey’s win over Nottingham Forest says much of the credit for the victory must go to Steve Cotterill for his half-time team talk. First goalscorer Ibrahima Sonko, many fans’ man of the match in the Blues’ sixth win in seven, says Cotterill changed their approach at the interval – and it worked a ....

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How Popular Will New Pompey Chairman Be With Fans?

Pompey’s new chairman will have to wait nearly a fortnight to see how he is received by supporters. Balram Chainrai’s first game as chairman will be the home clash with QPR on November 9 – and the chances are he won’t hear the crowd singing ‘Balram, there’s only one Balram.’ But what reception will he ....

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A Pompey Fan On The Board - And Chainrai's Pal As Chairman?

Pompey’s new regime say they are open to the idea of having a member of the Supporters’ Trust on the board. They stress it cannot happen overnight – but insist they are keen to keep up the healthy dialogue they have begun to have with supporters since some of the old guard left the club. Advertisement Chief executive David Lampitt said: 'I ....

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New Faces Not Impossible At Pompey - And Nor Is Promotion

Another Stoke signing could become Pompey’s first post-administration recruit as the club’s new owners indicate they are not out to sell as soon as they can. News of a loan move for midfielder Michael Tonge came as chief executive David Lampitt said Balram Chainrai and associates could be here for the long-term. Advertisement Steve Cotterill wants ....

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Let's Get Pompey Known For Playing Football Again

Steve Cotterill is aiming to get Pompey known for winning football matches again after the trials and traumas of administration. The Pompey boss is keen to sit down with new owner Balram Chaineai and find out what the future holds for him and his squad. Advertisement Cotterill says he and the players are concentrating on lifting the Blues up the league – and ....

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Gaydamak Accused Of Leaving Pompey On The Brink

Pompey are apparently on the brink of extinction once more as Sacha Gaydamak is accused of moving the goalposts and demanding money up front that Balram Chainrai cannot pay. A statement issued by the club said Gaydamak had altered his demands just as the deal to put the Blues back into Chainrai’s hands was set to be sealed. The worst-case scenario is that the club could be liquidated ....

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Pompey Need To Look To Play-off Spots - Not Bottom Three

He hasn’t quite single-handedly dragged Pompey up the Championship table – to say that of Liam Lawrence would be grossly unfair on the team-mates who have all played their part in the Blues’ sensational run of improved results. But the Irishman has probably done more than any other one player to get Pompey’s season moving firmly in the right direction – and now he ....

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Pompey New Boy Delighted To Be Here - And Winning

Greg Halford says he is impressed by Pompey’s battling abilities after he helped them to their first away league victory of the season on his debut. The utility player slotted in at centre-half as a replacement for injured Ricardo Rocha after starting the game at right-back. Halford said Pompey deserved the win and also reckons it is an honour to be playing for the 2008 FA Cup ....

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Kitson Hails The Character That Saved Pompey

Goalscorer Dave Kitson hailed the character Pompey showed to recover from the loss of seeing a 1-0 lead turn into a 2-1 deficit in the second half against Watford and still come out winners. The striker said it was typical of the fighting qualities present in the Pompey camp that they didn’t buckle. Kitson also reserved praise for Hayden Mullins after the stunning goal that put Pompey on ....

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'safe' Pompey Can Go To Sleep Easy - But Hopefully Not Against Watford

For about the 18th time in the past 25 games, the build-up to Pompey’s game this weekend has been of secondary importance to off-field matters. This time at least it’s good news that’s broken as the Blues warm up for a chance to keep up their improving form. News that the club, the administrators and the Football League have all but agreed on the Pompey’s move out of ....

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League's Pompey Snub Leaves More Questions Than Answers - Again

Pompey's administrator has reacted to the Football League's refusal to approve Pompey exit from administration by warning the club could go out of business very soon because Balram Chainrai could walk away. But will Blues fans really believe him? Andrew Andronikou may well have done a hell of a lot of good work and skilful negoitating since taking the reins at Fratton Park, but too often he has ....

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Pompey Chief: Don't Expect Too Much After Admin Exit

Pompey chief executive David Lampitt remains hopeful the club will be out of administration after insisting they have given the Football League all they should need to give the green light. But Lampitt has also warned fans not to expect the Blues to add to their slim squad left, right and centre – because they will still be operating under financial constraints. He says stability is a long ....

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Pompey Midfielder Going Nowhere - But French Full-back Might Be...

Bernard Mendy could be the man to solve Pompey’s right-back problems. The former Bolton and Hull defender is available on a free transfer and is keen to return to England. Steve Cotterill is eyeing him after failing to land Spurs right-back Kyle Naughton. Meanwhile, Pompey have told West Brom: Hands off Liam Lawrence. Advertisement Pompey have been linked ....

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Pompey Close To Defender Swoop ... Blues Win League Fine Battle

Steve Cotterill says he is close to bringing in another loan player after being thwarted in his attempts to add Spurs full-back Kyle Naughton to his squadon a temporary basis. The Pompey boss has agreed a loan swoop in principle with an unnamed club and is now just waiting for the player to agree. Meanwhile, one of the organisations who thought the Blues were an easy target to get money out of ....

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Pompey To Exit Administration? Wake Us When It's Happened...

Talk of another week in which Pompey may come out of administration is unlikely to excite fans fed up with false dawns and taking the view they will believe it when it happens. There have been plenty of days and weeks before now when the Blues have been said to be going from administration to new ownership, only for it not to happen. One plus point this time is the comment comes from David ....

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Nugent Looks Ahead For Pompey As Lawrence Misses Out

International break? What international break? Pompey and their Championship pals may not be in action this weekend but the players’ thoughts are already turning to their next test next weekend – the visit of in-form Watford. David Nugent says training has been steady and the squad are determined to build against the Hornets on their run of two wins and a draw in their last three ....

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Pompey Defender Aims To Regain First-team Place

Ibrahima Sonko says he has no plans to go knocking on Steve Cotterill’s office door and demanding to be put back in Pompey’s first team. But he says he has faith in his ability to get back in the team. The defender has been left out of the starting line-up of late after an up-and-down start to the campaign, but says he has been through worse and is staying upbeat despite Aaron ....

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I'd Rather Be Playing Than Be A Pompey Sub

Matt Ritchie says he’d rather be playing at Swindon than sitting on the bench at Pompey. The left-sided player, who impressed in a series of early-season appearances, says the loan move to Wiltshire is best for him as he admits ‘it is not happening’ for him at Fratton Park. Advertisement Ritchie, 21, still hopes for a future with Pompey in the ....

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Should We Applaud Pompey's Skipper - Or Think Him Naive?

Aaron Mokoena seems to have split opinion among Pompey fans by admitting he elbowed Boro’s Barry Robson before being chinned by his opponent in the incident that led to Pompey’s late equalising penalty at the Riverside. Some have praised his honesty – others have criticised him for risking a retrospective punishment and say he should have kept quiet as TV cameras did not ....

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