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Who went down stronger, Pompey or Burnley?

Who went down stronger, Pompey or Burnley?

25-year-old striker, David Nugent spent much of last season on loan at Turf Moor and scored six Premier League goals for the Clarets. Had we stayed in the Premier League there might have been every chance we could have secured a permanent deal for the player with Portsmouth in such a financial mess.

There was almost an inevitability though that he would leave after Burnley's relegation hinting that he would want to remain playing in the top flight.In the end the Premier League offers seemed few and far between and he returned to his parent club probably expecting to move on in view of Pompey's dire financial plight and relegation. Former Burnley gaffer, Steve Cotterill though arrived replacing Avram Grant at Fratton Park and convinced the former Bury and Preston forward to stay on and play in the Championship.

It has now been revealed in the Lancashire Telegraph that Nugent was close to agreeing a permanent deal to return to Turf Moor last summer but in the end our club could not afford his wage demand. This was despite a season in the top flight, £14.4 million pre-tax profit, £7 million from the sale of Fletcher and £48 million over four years from parachute payments.

Meanwhile,Portsmouth still in a financial pickle having suffered administration and relegation to the Championship somehow could still afford to keep Nugent on their payroll. Nugent is now scoring freely for Portsmouth and the club are just four points behind the Clarets.That might have been just one point too if our game against them at Fratton Park on Saturday had not been postponed and Pompey had won.

Brian Laws talking about the Nugent situation this week told the LT:

"He was tremendous for us last year and we were very much trying our hardest to get him again this year to no success'

"It wasn`t far away but not close enough.

"It was the financial side of things more than anything else. Dave was on a substantially high amount of money at Portsmouth and we certainly couldn`t match that."

So who did go down stronger? Yes,overall it must surely be the Clarets in financial terms but this is one example where you begin to wonder if the Burnley Board have once again been too ultra-cautious by refusing to go the extra mile to secure a player they plainly wanted to retain.

On the other hand, how can it be right that a club like Pompey in such a financial mess can still afford to pay such high wages compared to a club that has continually been crowing about sound financial management and going down stronger?

Oh dear, I feel I am going to have to put the following statement up again:

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Date:Friday December 3 2010
Time: 1:05PM


Ouch! Bizarre situation unless Nugent took a significant pay cut, something he clearly was not going to consider for the Clarets
03/12/2010 13:08:00
A very good point Turfmanphil. Still fancy Burnley to bounce back stringer though.
03/12/2010 13:18:00
* or even stronger.
03/12/2010 13:18:00
Maybe the Board have been STRINGERing us along!! ;-)
03/12/2010 13:33:00
Does it actually need explaining?? You do know how a contract works?? He was under contract. We tried to get rid of him,he wouldnt go, and utaka aswell. It probably would make more sense to pay him and let him play rather than pay him off (usually the cost of the remainder of their contract) and have no one....... Sorry its so sarcastic but come on.
03/12/2010 13:34:00
Oh and ild obviously fancy us, we do have a very good starting 11. But nothing really to back it up.
03/12/2010 13:37:00
It's a matter of record how Pompey kept Nugent, the club wanted shot, he spoke to Stevie C and as a result didn't want to go. The club Administrator couldn't force him. Nuge took a pay cut, the Admin man held discussions with all the players and the salary cap was enforced. We pretty much all wanted him out as a non tryer but yes turned it around. I'm jot sure if he will stay as his contract is up and our current care taker owner won't want to pay major salary money. As for your question, Burnely without a shadow of a doubt, infrastructure, graining ground, the basis of a squad and a manager who knew the league.
03/12/2010 13:41:00
Did Cotts try and get rid of him? It sounds like he bent over backwards to keep him at Fratton Park so in a sense you are still paying high wages for a player you now want to keep. Either way, the Clarets could have signed him had they not been so toght-fisted yet again
03/12/2010 13:43:00
So Nugent was willing to take a pay cut at Pompey but not at Turf Moor? Get's more interesting by the minute! Think Cotts knows the Championship as well, considering he was our gaffer in the said league before leaving by mutual consent in Nov 2007
03/12/2010 13:46:00
I im not disagreeing with russell but i cannot recall seeing anything on nugent changng his contract for one with less pay, and im a newsnow addict, but that said hes at least scoring now so hopefully this contracted expense might be worth the money we're paying him.
03/12/2010 13:50:00
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