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Pompey Mess Could Mean Grant Recalls Nugent

Pompey Mess Could Mean Grant Recalls Nugent

Portsmouth have failed yet again to pay their players a salary.The club originally promised to send out payments on Tuesday, but the deadline was put back to Wednesday, and now there has been a further hitch.

This is just one symptom of a continuing saga of financial problems at the club with HM Revenue & Customs baying for blood and threatening them with administration or worse.

Portsmouth, who are currently banned by the Premier League from signing players, have had to cope with one financial crisis after another in a season where they are also fighting for survival in the top flight. Pompey are currently bottom of the table and things look bleak.

The club are looking at possibly selling some of their big name players to reduce the debt but they might also consider recalling striker David Nugent from his loan spell with Burnley.

'We are thinking about this,' said Pompey manager Avram Grant.

'In the next few days we will know. It depends on many things. But it could happen.'

Burnley have made it plain that they could not afford to bring Nugent to Turf Moor on a permanent basis with his salary in particular being the problem. Nugent though was one of Owen Coyle's admirers and with Coyle now on gardening leave and waiting to move to Bolton everything seems up in the air. It certainly doesn't look like we could extend the loan now to the end of the season and the club would probably want their new manager once appointed to be involved in that decision anyway even if Portsmouth would extend the loan. It is hoped to appoint a new manager within the next two weeks so we would still be in the transfer window and there could be some late developments.

It is not clear whether Portsmouth hope to recall Nugent so they can sell him and reduce the debt or whether they might wish to use him in the team to replace other strikers having to be sold with the embargo also not allowing them to bring in new strikers.

One terrible possible scenario is that they recall Nugent and allow Coyle to sign him for Bolton. They are believed to have three times our budget for new players at least and this was the main reason we are told Coyle decided to jump ship.

2010 is not exactly turning out to be a particularly happy one at the moment is it?

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Date:Wednesday January 6 2010
Time: 7:15PM


Wonder how happy Nugent would be now to stay at Burnley with Coyle out of the picture? Looks like another of our targets has just gone tits up
06/01/2010 19:24:00
Chin up tmf. Things will get better. I feel for Nuge as I thought he was just coming to and looking lively. I think he made it very clear he did not wish to return to Pompey and for him to be forced back would be a shame, unless of course he would rather chase the money to Bolton.
06/01/2010 19:38:00
Good article Phil.. but your 'terrible scenario' would be music to Pompey fans ears.. He has not future at Fratton (he has stated that himself) .. Our stance (and although it seems harsh, it's the world Pomepy are living in at the mo) If you can afford to buy him .. tough .. we'll flog him elsewhere !.. sorry !
06/01/2010 19:41:00
if we cant sign any players then we will have to have him back.
06/01/2010 20:16:00
I for one am happy to see Nugent go back to Pompey, Coyle did not play him as much as he talked about him. I would think given the amount of cash OC now has Pompey players wages will be paid by Bolton come the end of Jan as Nugent becomes Coyles first signing. They will of course deserve each other! lol
06/01/2010 21:34:00
tbh i do not see WHY we should continue to loan a player to a club that may well survive at our expense? nothing against burnley at all but you could be that club so WHY loan you the player, and continue to pay (when we do pay) a large percentage of his wages for this privilidge?
would you be wanting burnley to do this if roles were reversed?
06/01/2010 22:53:00
Go on then, we'll take him aswell. Just before we sign Eagles & Elliot in the last hour of the transfer window too. Beep Beep !!!
Big Stu
06/01/2010 23:05:00
Close escape if bolton do take him off yours and our hands, i still believe he is shíte, any way he wants to play it, he will still be back in the championship next year.
Super Bock 1898
06/01/2010 23:45:00
Thats all right Big Stu you are having to sell Cahill,your best player by a country mile to fund your spending spree to avoid putting yourself into debt and convince yourself you are a big club! It's all going to backfire on you,trust me! You have bought a manager with virtually no experience of the Prem and one who has yet to a win a game away in the League not to mention one who hasn't won a game in 10. He has jumped ship simply because he's scared he hasn't got the ability to keep a side in the top flight and thinks by chucking money at it,he might have a better chance with Bolton to avoid spioiling his CV. I would take a look at your own site that has article 'Is Owen Coyle a Horrible Mistake? before you get too cocky!
07/01/2010 07:03:00
Cash-strapped Portsmouth have put their entire squad up for sale. Daily Star (Thurs 7/1)
07/01/2010 07:14:00
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