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Nugent Has Been Playing For Peanuts

Nugent Has Been Playing For Peanuts

David Nugent may have been playing for us on loan this season but the money he earned was paid by Burnley FC directly to Portsmouth who were then supposed to pay him.

The dire financial situation at Portsmouth has of course been headline news with reports over the past few months of players not being paid. Pompey have been accused of late paying their players four times this season so far.

Chief executive Peter Storrie appeared before a crown court accused of tax evasion in January and the Hampshire club face a winding-up petition from HM Revenue & Customs at the High Court on 10 February.

It has been revealed today that Nugent has also been caught up in the payment fiasco.

Nugent speaking to the media said:

'Nobody knows what's going on at the football club and I feel sorry for the staff and players.

'If they aren't getting paid, then hopefully the new owner that is coming in can sort it all out and steady the ship.

'I've not been getting paid either - Burnley pay Portsmouth and then Portsmouth pay me, so I'm in the boat with them really.'

The new owner of course referred to above is Balram Chainrai who has today assumed control from former owner Ali Al Faraj after exercising a clause in their agreement over a £17m loan made to the Saudi. According to a Pompey spokesman Chainrai's company, Portpin have exercised a clause in their contractual agreement to take a controlling interest. They are taking control on a temporary basis to allow new owners to be found.

The saga therefore looks set to continue with Portsmouth still in a dire situation. They also lost a game last night away to Fulham and now remain firmly rooted at the bottom of the table five points behind Burnley who are now second from bottom following Hull's draw at home to League leaders, Chelsea on Tuesday night.

As far as Nugent is concerned he seems to be well out of it following his loan extension agreed in the January window. He will now remain a Claret until the end of the season but has also clarified his intentions in the summer:

'I'm trying to keep myself in the shop window - I'm only on loan and I think I'll be leaving Portsmouth in the summer,' he said.

'If Burnley stay up then I'll be looking to stay.'

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Date:Thursday February 4 2010
Time: 12:49PM


If we do stay up, then I assume we will change our attitude on the salary cap unless Nugent would be willing to accept £15k/week?
04/02/2010 12:53:00
If we stay up, I would imagine the salary cap would increase, but only slightly. I would be surprised if it went above 20k.
04/02/2010 12:58:00
I fully agree with Claretdale on that one. I would expect the salary cap to rise but would be surprised if we go above £20k.
04/02/2010 13:08:00
Let's hope he gets a few goals, starting on Saturday to help us stay up. If that happens as I think it will :-) then he'll be looking to stay, and we'll be looking to keep him. Happy days. I think the £20k figure will be an absoloute maximum, but watch this space for lunatic salaries to start dropping everywhere in the near future.
04/02/2010 13:40:00
Nugent is on 35k So i doubt you lot would want to pay that hence his desire to keep his options open. He did not play for peanuts, he got paid just like the rest of the Portsmouth Players, he just got paid a few days late. Yes it is wrong, but its not like he never got paid. I am lead to believe Burnley paid £10k per week, and Portsmouth paid the other £25k
04/02/2010 13:48:00
as midge says, he's not playing for peanuts, he's playing for more than the rest of your squad. I hope for your sakes you don't increase your sallery cap, as you really don't want to end up in a situation like us, and if that means you can't sign money-grabbing nugent, then that's probably going to be a good thing for you!
04/02/2010 13:58:00
I doubt anybody will be willing to pay Nugent £35k/week now anyway so if he's just motivated by money he may have to lower his sights. Technically he was playing for peanuts UNTIL he got payed, and even now payment at your place seems up in the air although none of the players are hardly going to be destitute!
04/02/2010 14:19:00
I wish i got paid Peanuts that these average players get paid, some of these players need a reality check & need to go and speak to the supporters on the terraces, WHat loyalty Ngent, ile stay if you lot stay up or ile go and join Sincere Sven at notts county if you dont. These type of players need to be re recording The Beatlle hit Money money money thats what i want,
Albmaleaf claret
04/02/2010 14:51:00
Sadly its their agents more than the players that seem to be the root of the problem supported of course by the corrupt football world of money talks! I just wish we could return to the days when players belonged to the clubs and not their agents but alas that will never happen more's the pity! In a way I guess you cant blame the players for getting the going rate, its the going rate that needs to be changed but who will do that?
04/02/2010 14:59:00
I suspect the bubble will burst, but I don't know when. A slow puncture may be more likely than a spectacular collapse, given what Pompey's new owner has said today about taking control in order to get a bit more of his money back than he would have done if the club had gone into liquidation. Indeed things may already have started to deflate, given the very low levels of activity in the just-closed window. It will come down to whether there's 'another sucker' round the corner to buy clubs at their currently stupidly inflated values; whether SKY and their ilk keep on offering so much money for TV rights; and whether sponsors have as much money to spend as in the past.
Couch Potato
04/02/2010 15:27:00
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