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Midfielder Confident In Race To Make Pompey's Pre-season

Pompey’s longest-serving player is confident he will be fully fit for the start of the pre-season build-up to life in the Championship. Richard Hiughes has just had a hernia op after being troubled with the injury towards the end of the season and cruelly missing the Cup final because of it. He reckons he will be fine to join in as soon as Pompey’s squad – whoever that may ....

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Pompey Cup Hero Now Looks Set To Join The Exodus

One of Pompey's FA Cup heroes who many fans thought may stay at Fratton Park looks set for the exit after all. Aaron Mokoena believes he has probably played his last game for the Blues, with offers expected after he captains South Africa at the World Cup to enable him to stay in the Premier League. He is one of a handful of last season's team who supporters felt could form the nucleus of a good ....

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New Pompey Chief Reveals His Top Two Priorities

Pompey’s new chief executive says his number one priority is making sure the club’s creditors agree to proposals which will ward off the threat of liquidation. David Lampitt officially took up the role on Tuesday and says his other major task is to finalise the process of appointing a new manager. Advertisement Lampitt said he was desperate to help ....

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New World Cup Honour For Pompey Squad

Pompey will have two countries' captains at the World Cup after Kanu was, perhaps surprisingly, named as Nigeria’s skipper – an honour already bestowed on Aaron Mokoena for the hosts South Africa. John Utaka is also in the Nigerian squad of 23, only six of whom have World Cup experience His inclusion gives Pompey half-a-dozen current Fratton squad members at the ....

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James Unsure On England's Keeper Choice - But Midfielder Makes The Cut

David James says well-organised England can win the World Cup – but he is still not sure if he will be in the starting line-up. The Pompey keeper played the first half of the unconvincing 2-1 win over Japan and speaking afterwards he was non-committal about his chances of being Fabio Capello’s No1 in South Africa. It came as another Pompey player’s place in his nation’s ....

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Pompey Issue A Warning To Rivals Over Player Sales

Clubs sniffing around some of the many Pompey players up for sale have been told: Don’t try to see us off. The Blues are desperate to rake in some cash, but that’s leading to clubs and agents trying to do deals for top names which do not come anywhere near Pompey’s valuation. Nadir Belhadj and Prince Boateng are top of the list of those likely to go – at the right ....

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Cotterill Cools Pompey Job Talk

Steve Cotterill says talk of him becoming Pompey’s next manager is premature. The contender to succeed Avram Grant says he needs to finish severing ties with Notts County before deciding on his next job. The ex-Burnley and Cheltenham manager is a popular choice to move into the manager’s seat and speculation he will get the job has increased with his decision not to seek a renenwal ....

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If Pompey Creditors Are Happy, Season-ticket Holders Will Be Happier

Pompey are confident slow season-ticket sales will pick up once the club’s financial future becomes clearer in the next few weeks. Fewer than 1,000 of last season’s 11,000-plus holders have renewed so far but the club are hopeful many more will follow suit once the creditors’ voluntary agreement – which will put Pompey on a much firmer footing – is in place. And the ....

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New Pompey Role For Primus - But Is It Fair On Him?

None of it is of his making, but Linvoy Primus suddenly finds himself being asked to repair some of the damage done to Pompey’s reputation in the season just finished. The administrators want the retired defender to play a central role as the club’s ambassador in repairing and strengthening links with a community in wich plenty have been left wondering why they should still back ....

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The Coach Who's On Pompey's Contenders List - And The Coach Who's Not

Paul Groves wants to stay at Pompey – but does not want to be manager. Groves has – perhaps surprisingly – told the administrators moving into Avram Grant’s empty office is not in his thoughts. The development came as ex-Watford and Reading man Brendan Rodgers became the latest name of the list of possible successors to ....

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Experienced Pair Are Latest Names In The Pompey Frame

Gareth Southgate and Steve Cotterill are the latest pair to be touted as potential successors to Avram Grant. Southgate has been out of work since being sacked by Middlesbrough in the first half of last season, while Cotterill has just led Notts County to the League Two title. Both appear to rival David James and Paul Groves, who are among other ....

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What's More Important Than Finding Pompey's Next Boss?

Pompey’s administrators say getting the club back on an even keel is more important than finding a new manager. Andrew Andronikou says finalising plans for the creditors’ voluntary agreement is the number one priorty – and finding Avram Grant’s successor can come after that. The coaching team will be asked to take the reins for now, fuelling speculation Paul Groves will ....

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Should James The Keeper Be James The Boss, Or Something Less, At Pompey?

David James has confirmed he is interested in going into coaching and management – but whether Pompey, 2010-11, should be the first such job on his CV is up for debate. Administrator Andrew Andronikou says he does not know if James is ready to be Pompey’s next manager – though some believe Andronikou should be sorting out the finances rather than football matters – and ....

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Grant's Departure Marks A Sad Day - And Another Cruel One

Typically, when it came, Avram Grant’s departure was a little crueller than it needed to be. On Tuesday morning, we were told he was off to West Ham that day. There and then. But Tuesday passed and he was still here; Wednesday the same. Could we hold on to Uncle Avram after all? No. Thursday night brought confirmation he was resigning, presumably ahead of accepting the job at Upton ....

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The King Could Stay At Pompey - And Might The Boss Follow His Lead?

Kanu is the surprise name on the list of players Pompey want to hang on to – but will he agree to the cut-price deal the club’s administrators must have drawn up to try to tempt him? The men running Pompey until a new owner comes in have indicated wages of £10,000 a week will be about the most anyone can expect to earn next season. Whether that will be enough to prevent Kanu ....

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Should They Stay Or Should They Go? Pompey Player Futures Are Decided

Pompey are days away from revealing which players they want to stay at Fratton Park and which ones are free to go. And it seems Hermann Hrediarsson, David James, Ricardo Rocha and the youngsters who forced their way into the Premier League line-up are among those still wanted.. Advertisement Hreidarsson has been offered a new deal while administrator Andrew ....

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Pompey Key Trio Could Go To Capital - But Will One Big Name Stay?

Three of Pompey’s FA Cup final team could be London-bound – as well, possibly, as manager Avram Grant. Grant has effectively given Pompey a deadline of the end of this week to go some way to sorting out their future to convince him to stay as manager, as many want him to do. West Ham are favourites to snap him up – and could ask him to take at least two of the Fratton ....

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Reality Dawns Again For Pompey's Captain

David James has told how Pompey’s players must look reality in the face again after the end of the FA Cup dream. The Pompey captain said losing his third final 1-0 hurt, but the team could at least look back on a game in which they pushed Chelsea all the way. Now James – reported to be in with a chance of a new contract offer at Fratton – is wondering what comes next in the ....

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A Bone To Pick - Brendon Bone's Thoughts On The Goings On At Fratton Park

So in the end, a one goal to nil scoreline can never reflect how great a game we witnessed at the home of football, but despite losing on paper, our fans were the real winners yesterday. The class of the 27000 Portsmouth fans that went en masse to Wembley yesterday shone through, and the powers that be, while certainly not embarassed by their lack of action this season, will certainly have noted ....

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Grant Looks Forward To The Final That's Good For English Football

It is a fairytale – and one Avram Grant doesn’t believe. But the man who has won so many Pompey hearts and minds in a few short months will soon realise that leading this team to the Cup final after they have been written off and shot at by so many is no far-fetched story. It’s reality – and he’s made it so. Grant has spent months telling the Premier League they ....

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Cup Final Build-up: James Reflects, Rival Recovers

David James looked ahead to Wembley and rejected suggestions his time at Pompey had been ‘turbulent’ – preferring instead to call it effervescent. The England keeper said he had enjoyed a wonderful time at Portsmouth despite there having been more downs than ups in the past 18 months of his four-season stay. Advertisement James says in the ....

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Pompey Pair Get Wembley Distractions, But Did They Want Them?

Two key members of Pompey’s Wembley party have had distractions to their build-up to Saturday – but whether either were of the unwanted variety is open to question. For David James, confirmation of a place in Fabio Capello’s initial World Cup squad of 30 will have been a welcome boost days before he plays his second FA Cup final in three seasons. But for Avram Grant, ....

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Star Man Is Struggling To Make Wembley For Pompey

Jamie O’Hara may have to play a cameo role in the Cup final at best after admitting he could do himself some serious harm if he risks aggravating a serious back injury by playing the full 90 minutes. The on-loan midfielder is desperate to play at Wembley to cap a year at Pompey he has thoroughly enjoyed and to make up for past disappointments linked to the national stadium. But a double ....

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It's 266 And Out For Pompey - But Hopefully No-one Will Be Out For Wembley

  The 266th game, and for now the final one, of Pompey’s Premier League era – or should that be their first Premier League era, takes them into low-key action at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon. While football’s eyes and minds will largely be on events at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford, relatively few will take much interest in what happens ....

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Is Lloyd's Pompey Bid Running Out Of Steam?

  Suspicion is growing that Rob Lloyd and his backers may pull out of their bid to buy Pompey after administrators said they would pay creditors 20p in the pound. Lloyd, who has still yet to identify the individual or group he is fronting the bid for, says ‘the figures are tight’ and the purchase of the club would not be easy. Fans have reacted by ....

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