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Cotterill convinces Nugent to stay at Pompey!

David Nugent, our former loan striker from Portsmouth last season, made great play of the fact that he would not be happy with anything less than Premier League football next season. With both Portsmouth and Burnley being relegated last season, it looked certain he would be moving to a new club plying their trade in the top flight by the time the 2010-11 season kicked off.

All that now seems to have changed following the arrival of new gaffer and former Clarets boss, Steve Cotterill.

Cotterill was recently reported to want a word with Nugent to see if anything could be done to change his mind.

Well if the news reported in the local Portsmouth media today is true Cotterill has been successful in keeping Nugent on his books despite the financial woes at the club and the thought that a Nugent sale was on the cards to raise cash. If Nugent does stay and this now looks likely to happen, Pompey will presumably have to continue to fund Nugent's Premier League-level wages unless he has accepted a pay-cut.

He is quoted in the Portsmouth News as saying:

'Nugent came in with a massive smile on his face on Thursday.

'David's a brilliant lad, who is going to play and score goals for us.

He was the first one in on the first day of training, looking fit and refreshed.

'He has made a statement. Straight in and straight up to me. Different class. Maybe he just needs to be loved. That's what he needs.

'I've had a chat with him. Does he want to stay? Without a shadow of a doubt'

Clarets fans may well be cynical about this news after all the spouting off made by Nugent about his ambitions and need to play in the top flight. It might also be seen as a snub to Brian Laws if Nugent now prefers to stay at Fratton Park. Burnley are widely seen as promotion favourites with Pompey expected to struggle because of their financial situation. Why would Nugent therefore prefer to stay at a club that he slated only a year ago? Have they given him a financial offer he couldn't refuse? Have they any money to do that?

The truth is more probably the fact that Nugent has realised no Premier League club thinks he is good enough and therefore he has had to choose the easy option and decided to have another go at Portsmouth but this time under a manager that clearly rates him.

To those that also say it is a snub to Brian Laws, I think we also have to be fair to our manager since he may have decided Nugent was not up for grabs or of any interest anyway.

We have to move on but it would be typical if Nugent now scores a hat-trick against us when we play them next season!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 3 2010

Time: 9:14AM

Your Comments

Bit laughable this really! Nugent hardly endeared himself to the Pompey fans although if this time they play him as a striker rather than wide they might be pleasantly surprised ! Does this mean Nugent thinks Pompey have a better chance of reaching the Prem than Burnley or does it simply mean Laws has moved on and is looking at better targets? I hope the latter is true
turfmanphil
Cotterill's talks with whoever owns Pompey at the moment must be interesting. "Hey! Anonymous bosses and famous accountants! If we sell these 5 players, can I keep that one? No-one's going to pay big money for that one anyway, so we might as well keep them. And we can probably get more for Kevin-Prince now, after Ghana's run in the Cup. Getting him voted the quarter final MoM on ITVLive last night must have put a million on him at least. Brilliant. So we can afford that Nugent's wages now... just about? Okay... what was it you were telling me about how to avoid paying taxes? That much taxes? Wow! Nice one. How does that saying go, the only things that are cetain in life are death and taxes? Pompey till I die forever!!!" But who knows yet what the financial settlement at Pompey will bring? I am quite sure that, until it finally becomes clear, sunnyAndyAdministrator will have coached Cotterill on the importance of making lots of positive noises, whether based on fact or fantasy!
Couch Potato
Nearly as laughable as Burnley being 'widely seen as promotion favourites'. Dear God...
Tantona
Pompey and Hull ferked financially and the third Premier League demoted side laughing their cotton socks off all the way to the bank and having gone down stronger? No friggin contest at least I bloody well hope so and we get some high-profile signings in before the season gets underway
turfmanphil
concern yourself about your own **** team and not others, personally i know he comes from up that way but i cannot understand why anyone would want to live in your northern ****hole slums anyway, probably why so many of you *****ers move down this way, to the costa del Portsmouth.
Super Bock 1898
Sorry the missing words were shít and Fúckers
Super Bock 1898
:-) some people are getting a bit touchy here! I think it may be the latter TMP, I think that it could well have been decided that Nuge isnt the player we want and if noone else has come in for him, he has little choice to get on with hit life/career down at Pompey.
Claretdale
The only 'Victory' Pompey will ever have is Nelson's flagship Sorry couldn't resist that! Tame compared to the insults about the North but I wont stoop to that level! ;-) Think you are right Dale
turfmanphil
Only a bit of banter ive nothing against burnley anyway, good luck next year, your probably right, we will need more luck
Super Bock 1898
Bribing a touch of reason to the debate. As Pompey fans we are a bit sceptical about reports such as these, Cotterille has said the same positive noises about James staying; time will tell. Pompey fans are not really surprised Nugent turned up for training he did the same last year, our Nuge hasn't done it in the Prem for Portsmouth, played out of position being fair to him, nor did he do it for Burnely. As soon as Cott got the the job there was a better than 50/50 chance he would return to rebuild his carreer, the main issue is the same question; will he attend training every week when times get tough?
russellm
Interesting what you say about Cotts there russellm. How have Pompey fans taken to the appointment of Cotts as manager down there? Underwealmed, overwealmed or indifferent?
turfmanphil
In the continuing spirit of a bit of banter... Tantona, forgive me, I should have been clearer. I was aiming for tragedy rather than comedy. And I agree that making Burnley promotion favourites does indeed raise a smile. Super Bock 1898 - if I may be serious for a moment... doesn't non-payment of up to £20mill of taxes (give or take a few mill maybe owing on sale of image rights, or maybe not) make Pompey a matter of public concern... if only so we can learn together about how to make football overall work better for us the fans? As for your thoughts about notherners, did I not read somewhere that the representative of one of your possible new owners is a northern property magnate? Best be careful you don't bite a hand that may yet feed you? As for Nuge, I thought he was reasonable value for the part of his salary that Burnley was paying. But at £30 thousand a week, it's no wonder he's smiling. Anyway, it clearly wasn't Pompey fans who caused the Fratton tragedy. Look forward to seeing you there in December, good luck till then, and thanks for building us away fans a roof. Pity the other stadium plans got away!
Couch Potato
I wouldn't have wanted him at Burnley with the high wages he is on, Championship is his level IMO and he should score goals at this level
Totally_Claret
 

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