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Pompey Still Want Sven But Hart Is The Next Best Option

Pompey are continuing their pursuit of Sven-Goran Eriksson, but have made it clear that the club would be happy to see Paul Hart and Brian Kidd remain in charge, if they cannot land their top target. Hopes of landing Eriksson have been hindered by the fact he is reluctant to walk out on his present job as manager of Mexico. Although relations between Eriksson and his current employers are ....


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Blues Flop Isn't Happy With Pompey

Pompey flop Djimi Traore – who is reported to be on wages of £25,000 still largely being paid by the club – has hit out at his employers for freezing him out. Traore, who has gone to Championship side Birmingham on loan, says Pompey left him out in the cold because he refused to leave Fratton Park last summer. The fact he wasn’t good enough to get in the side appears to ....


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Boss Unfazed By Long-term Talk

Paul Hart spoke of his delight at Pompey’s win over Manchester City and determination to keep on taking it a game at a time – as talk of moves for either Sven Goran Eriksson or Avram Grant continued to rumble. Hart has been reluctant to answer questions about how long he and Brian Kidd might be in charge of the Blues for, but many more displays under them like the one that saw off ....


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James Reveals How Speed Stick Spurred Him On

David James is set to break the Premier League appearance record against Manchester City at Fratton Park on Saturday. And he has revealed the stick his team-mates gave him as the current joint record holder of 535 games spurred him on. "It means a hell of a lot to me. Every time Gary Speed has pulled on a shirt in recent seasons, the lads have given me a bit of stick: ‘You’ll have ....


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Swans' Martinez Backed For Blues Job, But Sven Still In Pole

Swansea boss Roberto Martinez is the latest manager to see his odds on becoming Pompey's next manager slashed. After Alan Curbishley, Avram Grant, Sven Goran Eriksson and Roy Keane, the man who masterminded knocking Pompey out of the FA Cup saw his odds tumble on Thursday to become second favourite for the job. But Eriksson remains the favourite in spite of the fact his present employers, the ....


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Who's Kidding Who By Brian's Appointment?

Pompey's managerial plot thickened as they appointed Brian Kidd to the coaching staff to assist temporary manager Paul Hart. The club's Youth Academy manager is expected to be in charge for the Manchester City game and possibly even the Stoke game a week on Saturday as the club appoint the new man. It is understood the club have a preferred target in mind, but presumably enabling them to take ....


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Eriksson Approach Reported

Pompey have reportedly asked for permission from the Mexico FA to speak to Sven-Goran Eriksson over the vacant manager's job at Fratton Park. And the odds on the Swede taking the job have tumbled dramatically on Tuesday afternoon. The former England manager is under pressure as Mexico's bid to qualify for the World Cup stumbles and reports in central Amaerica suggest that if Mexico lose a vital ....


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Adams On Way Out Of Pompey

Tony Adams is being axed as Pompey’s manager less than four months after getting the job. The News reported on Sunday night that, despite the encouraging performance in the defeat to Liverpool, the board have lost patience with the former Arsenal and England captain. Pompey have not won in nine matches and stand a perilous one point away from the relegation zone. Under Adams, Pompey ....


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Curbishley Report Blasted By Pompey

Pompey have hit out at a report in the Daily Express that Alan Curbishley has been approached to replace Tony Adams as manager. The club are to take legal action against the Express, saying the newspaper did not seek confirmation from the club that its facts were correct. A statement on the Pompey website said: 'The club became aware of the story at around 9.30pm last night and immediately ....


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New Pompey Pair Can Make A Difference

Pompey’s new Greek pair have been backed to make a big impact at Fratton as the Blues warm up to take on a tired, deflated injury-hit Liverpool. Pompey’s assistant boss John Metgod is excited by the recruitment of Angelos Basinas and Theo Gekas, who could both be in the squad when Rafa’s Reds visit the south coast on Saturday. It could be a Liverpool team without Steven ....


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Storrie Backs Boss - And His Buys

Pompey insist they are keeping faith with Tony Adams – and say they hope their transfer-window signings will leave them strong enough to stay up. Many fans seem unconvinced Adams is the right man for the job after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Fulham, and the deadline-day addition of Angelos Basinas to the squad, a day after striker Theo Gekas joined, has done little to quell the unrest ....


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Pompey's Deadline Day Dealings

The transfer window is open for a few more hours, but there's snow all over it and we can't see a thing. Pompey have confirmed one more signing - that's two in the last 24 hours - but will any more follow, or go in the other direction? We have an army of reliable sources - plus a couple of platoons of unreliable ones - who we shall be relying on during the day to tell us who is incoming ....


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Davis Going Nowhere - What About Jamo?

Pompey have rejected Bolton’s bid to replace Kevin Nolan with Sean Davis – and fans will spend the last day of the transfer window hoping Newcastle don’t snatch David James. They have also made another loan signing. The Blues have recruited Greek striker Theofanis Gekas. The 28-year-old joins from Bayer Leverkusen with a view to a permanent switch. The Greece international ....


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Gekas The Greek Goalscorer Signs On For The Blues

Pompey have signed Greek international striker Theofanis Gekas on loan until the end of the season from Bayer Leverkusen. The 28-year-old was the Bundesliga's top scorer two season ago with Vfl Bochum and he has an impressive goal ratio of just under two a game in a career which started at his home town club Larissa. And Pompey beat off the challenge of Espanyol to sign the striker, who was ....


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Spurs' Market Moves Could Free Up Midfielder Deal

Spurs' activity in the transfer market on Monday could be the key to Pompey signing one of their top targets. A deal has been agreed to take Giovanni Dos Santos for White Hart Lane to Fratton Park, but the Mexican mis-fit could be left in limbo after Jermain Pennant's foot injury. The 19-year-old midfielder, who has struggled to impose himself since a big-money move from Barcelona last summer, ....


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Davis To Bolton Deal Mooted

Pompey midfielder Sean Davis is being linked with a move to Bolton for an 'undisclosed' fee. The move would be an unpopular one, given that Davis has been one of Pompey's most consistent performers of late, but the 29-year-old is out of contract in the summer. Consequently, Pompey could be tempted to cash in on a player who can leave the club for free in the summer, although this would be a ....


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O'neil Bids To End Boro Nightmare

Gary O'Neil is reported to be so desperate to return to Fratton park he is getting his union to back his case. The 26-year-old midfielder was widely tipped to rejoin the club he left 18 months ago for £5 million, but his club Middlesbrough have played hard-ball over the transfer. O'Neil is claiming he should be allowed to move on 'compassionate grounds'. His family have failed to settle ....


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Adams Has Window Work Cut Out

The final full week of the transfer window arrives with Pompey fans believing Tony Adams has his work cut out to strengthen his squad to the extent that he needs to. But supporters will be heartened by talk of bids for Rweal Madrid striker Javier Saviola and AC Milan midfielder Emerson. Though any joy at talk of those sort of names coming to Fratton will be offset by worrying talk of Newcastle ....


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Barnetta Turns Down Pompey Chance

Pompey have missed out in signing Swiss international midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta according to reports in Germany. The Bayer Leverkeusen midfielder has been the subject of an 8 million euro bid, but the 23-year-old turned down the idea. 'It only took me a couple of seconds to think about it and decide to stay at Bayer,' the player is reported as saying. His contract at Bayer expires in ....


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Pele Denies Pompey And Spurs Contact

Le Mans goalkeeper Yohann Pele has denied reports he is joining Pompey and claims he is 'fed up' with speculation he will lkeave his club before the summer. Pele (26) is regarded as one of the brightest goalkeeping propsects in France and has been linked with a move to Fratton Park, as well as Spurs. But he insists there's nothing in it: 'There's been some odd things going on for a few weeks. ....


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Cranie Will Be A Right Partner For Pennant

Martin Cranie and Jermaine Pennant look set to team up on Pompey’s right as they bid to reach the last 16 of the FA Cup by beating Swansea on Saturday. With Glen Johnson suspended, Cranie is likely to get the nod against the Swans – just as he did against Bristol City in the last round. It comes as Tony Adams’ midfield options pick up, with Richard Hughes fit again and Papa ....


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At Home At Pompey - And In Defence

Younes Kaboul has admitted he is more at home in defence than midfield – but is stressing as well that he is quite at home at Pompey. The Frenchman has largely impressed fans so far this season, but most believe he looks better at the back than being asked to fill in in the centre of the park, where he got hislatest outing at Spurs at the weekend. Kaboul has been talking about how well he ....


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Pompey Get Their Man - So Who's Next?

Jermaine Pennant is a Pompey player, and will make his debut against Swansea in the FA Cup on Saturday. The right winger has signed for Pompey from Liverpool on loan until the end of the season. Now Tony Adams is likely to switch his attentions to securing a central midfielder, after moves for Gary O'Neil and Edu ran into brick walls. The Liverpool man completed the move to Fratton Park this ....


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Pennant Pompey Move 'is Step Closer'

Jermaine Pennant is said to be warming the idea of moving to Pompey on loan until the end of the season. The winger is due to hold talks with the Blues as both parties try to work out a move. Pennant had initially rejected an inquiry from manager Tony Adams but reports today say he has since been told by Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez that he does not figure in the Reds’ first-team ....


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Pompey In Pole For Pele?

Pompey are still hoping to sign Le Mans goalkeeper Yohann Pele as David James' successor according to reports in France. The 26-year-old - recently called up by the France national team - is out of contract in the summer and his club are keen to cash in before his contract expires. He is also being followed by Celtic scouts, but Pompey are thought to be in pole position to sign him. Pele has ....


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