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Belhadj Wants Permanent Pompey Stay

Nadir Belhadj is hoping he can make his move to Pompey permanent as soon as possible. The Algerian joined Pompey on loan from Lens in the summer and he really wants to stay in England, even though he's still getting to grips with the language. 'It's going really well. Even the language problem is not too bad, as there are a number of French players in the squad, who are helping me understand ....


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Belhadj Finds England To This Algerian's Liking

Nadir Belhadj is finding he is able to thrive in England as an Algerian - something he found hard in France. And the player is also relishing playing in the Premier League. 'I sense no obstacles in England. The English have no problem in saying "Belhadj the Algerian footballer" without any complex and in their league, it is the best players that play,' he told Le Buteur website. 'In contrast, ....


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Kaboul Makes A Point In More Ways Than One

Younes Kaboul was happy after Pompey picked up a point and a clean sheet at West Ham and the France defender is now after a starting place every week. Kaboul was the pick of the Pompey team as they battloed to a useful point at the Boleyn Ground. 'I was pleased with my performance. When I play, I always try to give my best every time and I have to continue like that to try to stay in the team,' ....


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South African Talk ... Is Just That

Pompey have played down fresh talk that a consortium of South African and British-based businessmen could make a formal bid to buy the club in the next fortnight . The club dismissed as speculation reports from South Africa suggest a deal could be on the table within 14 days. Football agent Mike Makaab told South Africa's Sunday Times he was acting as a 'contact person' for the consortium. He ....


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Adams Fires Defoe Warning

Tony Adams fired a warning shot in the direction of Sacha Gaydamak after Pompey made it four points from two away games in a goalless draw at West Ham.. Adams warned that he would not carry on as manager if Jermain Defoe – denied three times by excellent saves from Robert Green at Upton Park – or anyone else he wanted to keep was sold in the January transfer window. It is not clear ....


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Metgod's Got A Pompey Dream

Tony Adams’ new right-hand man has told of his delight at joining Pompey – and his dream of helping lead them to become regulars in European competition. Metgod takes his place in the dugout for the first time at West Ham on Saturday after almost 20 years on the staff at Feyenoord, following a playing career that took him to Real Madrid, Nottingham Forest and Spurs. In his first ....


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Primus Hopes For Talks On Pompey Future

Linvoy Primus expects to hold talks with Tony Adams over his Pompey future – but is content just to be playing regular football at Charlton for now. Primus revealed he had spoken to Adams since he succeeded Harry Redknapp at Pompey, but they did not talk about his current contract. Primus is the only first-team squad member on Pompey’s books not bought by Redknapp. He said: ....


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Pompey Sitting On A Gold Mine?

Takeover talk at Pompey has gone into overdrive with the news that a South African consortium is apparently set to strike a deal to buy the club. Led by gold magnate Greg James, the consortium has already had talks with owner Sacha Gaydamak about buying the club, although the deal still has to be finalised. Several national newspapers are reporting that negotiations are going well, although the ....


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Metgod Set For Pompey Coaching Role

Pompey are expected to unveil former Nottingham Forest and Holland midfielder Johnny Metgod as their new first team coach on Tuesday. The 50-year-old, who worked with manager Tony Adams during his spell at Feyenoord in 2005, will join the Fratton coaching staff, according to 107.4 The Quay. And he may well be joined by Terry Burton, the Cardiff assistant manager, who is widely tipped as Adams' ....


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Defoe Insists He's Going Nowhere

Pompey striker Jermain Defoe insists he is going nowhere in the transfer window. The club's leading scorer has been linked with a return to Spurs to team up with former boss Harry Redknapp, but he dismissed the talk. "I'm a Portsmouth player and I'll continue working hard for the club. I'm enjoying my time here. I'm scoring goals and I'm part of a good team," he said after his late penalty ....


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Worst Display - Best Result

Tony Adams believes Pompey got their first win under his management with their worst performance. Second-half goals by Nadir Belhadj and Jermain Defoe, the latter from the penalty spot, gave the Blues their first win in more than a month, and followed defeats to Wigan and Liverpool and a draw with Fulham. Adams was delighted, if a little surprised, by the victory. ‘I love winning, I love ....


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Milan And Wolfsburg Take Group Control

AC Milan and Wolfsburg notched wins in Pompey’s UEFA Cup group to make themselves favourites to finish in the top two – but there’s plenty of football to be played yet. It took the Italians until the 90th minute to get the breakthrough at home to Braga, who they had been level on points with at the top of Group E. Ronaldinho did the trick for them after coming off the bench in ....


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Surprise Twist In Keown Saga

Martin Keown will not be coming to Pompey as part of Tony Adams' backroom staff. Adams has told Radio Solent the move - widely expected to go ahead after the former Arsenal defender spoke of his interest in the job - will not go ahead. More on this later. Discuss this on our forum. It's quick and easy to register // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // ....


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Pompey's Euro Hopes Become Clearer

Pompey's UEFA Cup chances will become clearer tonight as the other four sides in Group E all play their second game. AC Milan, the strong favourites to win the group, play Braga, who are with the Italians on three points after beating the Blues a fortnight ago. And Wolfsburg play their first match at home to Heerenveen, who lost their opener against AC. Pompey need only to finish third in the ....


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Gaydamak Set To Reveal His Thoughts On The Quay

Sacha Gaydamak is due to talk exclusively about the future of Portsmouth Football Club. On Thursday, Portsmouth’s 107.4 The Quay are due to broadcast an exclusive interview with the club's owner. The most eagerly-anticipated interview of the season so far will be brought to you by The Quay's Head of Sport Chris Wise and Mark Mudie In their conversation, Gaydamak talks about Harry ....


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Diop Spot On ... With His Attitude

Tony Adams has praised under-fire Papa Bouba Diop for his attitude – in the wake of many fans calling for him to be dropped. The Pompey boss has defended the Senegalese midfielder after two nightmare games in which he has conceded two fairly needless penalties and missed a sitter which could have put Pompey ahead at Anfield. Adams’ backing suggests Diop will keep his place at ....


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Kranjcar's Backing Adams To Succeed

Pompey midfielder Niko Kranjcar has backed his new boss to make a success of the manager's job at Fratton Park. The Croatia international is convinced Adams has what it takes and that the players are all behind him. "We are actually playing all right. We are giving it our best and are creating a lot of chances - unfortunately they are not going in," he told The News. "The thing is with Tony, ....


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Boss Ready To Try Niko Switch

Niko Kranjcar could be asked to provide the answer to Pompey’s right-sided problem. Manager Tony Adams has revealed he is considering switching Kranjcar from the left in a bid to find the player who can give Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch decent service from the other side. So far John Utaka and Papa Diop have failed to come up with the solution on the right – while Armand Traore ....


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Pompey Starlet's Big Dream

Pompey’s new African starlet has told of his desire to develop at Fratton into the great player many people in football are tipping him to become. Seventeen-year-old Torric Jibril has said he wants to become ‘one of the best players in England very soon.’ They’re big words but the fact Arsenal and Real Madrid were also on thr trail of the Ghanaian midfielder suggests ....


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Keown, Jordan And More Please

Joe Jordan and Martin Keown are both wanted as part of Pompey’s backroom team – and Tony Adams is after other additions too. Adams has already held talks with his ex-Highbury tram-mate Keown about joining him at Fratton. The BBC pundit has said he in interested in a job. And now Adams has given his backing to Jordan amid talk the Scot could move on – with Adams saying him ....


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Players Are Behind Me - Adams

Tony Adams has praised the response he has had from his players since taking over from Harry Redknapp. And he says he has no qualms that victories will come if they keep performing as they did against Wigan. ’They’re totally behind me, so we’ll be alright. I’ve got good players and I believe in them,’ Adams told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk. ‘I hate it when good ....


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Kranjcar Bemoans Pompey's Luck... And Defending

Pompey midfielder Niko Kranjcar has expressed his frustration after the deferat at home to Wigan. And he bemoaned the team's lack of good fortune as they threw the kitchen sink at the visitors, but also accepted the side didn't defend what they had. "After the equaliser we went for everything but we didn’t get anything,” Kranjcar told the offical site. “When you hit the ....


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Storrie Slams 'ridiculous' Story As Takeover Rumours Mount

Chief Executive Peter Storrie has described as 'ridiculous' and article in the People which claimed that Harry Redknapp has first refusal on any players Pompey put up for sale in January. “This is laughable. It’s a ridiculous article. I have had no conversations whatsoever with Harry about players and he can confirm that," Storrie told the official site. “We have an excellent ....


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Adams: I'd Have Settled For A Point

Tony Adams revealed how he would have been happy to settle for a point against Wigan – despite feeling his team could have beaten them 5-0 based on chances created and near misses. The new Pompey boss was instead reflecting on a second straight defeat after Emile Hesekey’s late winner deemed Niko Kranjcar’s goal 10 minutes earlier worthless. Adams could not criticise his team ....


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Keown Ponders Pompey Coaching Role

Martin Keown is thinking over a chance to become a coach at Pompey under Tony Adams' new regime. The former Arsenal and England colleague of Adams revealed on BBC's Football Focus that he had been approached by Pompey. "If I can help in any way it's something I am prepared to look at; that's why we are going to meet. "I need to decide if it's something for me to do in my career. It would be ....


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