Date:Saturday April 29 2006
Forgive the absence of detail about today's match. If you want to know the stats and line ups go to the official Web site and read how today's game cost us our Premiership place. Then if you think thats why we went down then dream on.
Your intrepid reporter was aware, unlike Blues management, that by the time the team was embarrasing itself in Coruna that all was not well. We signed players who were not fit to start the season. Pandiani, and Butt had had no pre-season. We lost Nafti because the manager refused to play two halves of football an hour apart and Nafti was injured in that second half without contacting the ball!!
Our long termers Dunn, and Izzet were never fit in nine months of the season.
We have a squad full of 30 plusses who get injured because they are thirty plusses.
Having failed to address the problem and having seven players coming to the end of their contacts then the January transfers.
The Chairman said on live radio that 'no expense would be spared to ensure relegation was avoided' That's what he said and unfortunately it was the Portsmouth Chairman that did exactly that.
Our expense spared was the sale of Pandiani for £1.5 mil1ion, the acqisition of Chris Sutton, an aging one timer,the loan of a green horn centre back who can't get into our cripple laden back line, and Dj Campbell at £500,000. We actually made a profit.
The 4 players mentioned are not Premiership players and in the most important match of the Clubs History (today) not one started.
I draw your attention to my spoof article about playing at Southend next season and asked if it would come true. First published 2 months ago.So far so good.
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