Salford Trotter wrote:
How about this one: Tal Ben Haim. Used to be a worldbeater for us, then went shit. Maybe Owen can work his inspirational magic and revive his career?
Mate he's down with us at Fratton earning 36k a week! Peter Storrie's leaving present to us after he burried us neck-deep in the $hit!
You're welcome to have him if you can re-negotiate a wage, I'll even drive him up to the Reebok for you if you want!
Surely the club have attempted to re-negotiate his contract in the light of your recent financial troubles. Then I suppose if the club have offered the deal to him then he's quite within his rights to ask them to honour it, such mercanaries are these players
Therein lies the problem. Unlike the SFA rulings where Rangers could terminate the contracts of a number of players to immediately reduce the wage bill, English FA rules don't allow that. They've been twisted so much that 'player power' has become huge.
Our administrator, Trevor Birch, has already said that if he could rip-up a load of the contracts, it'd have been the first thing he'd have done. Sadly, we're not in a position to do that. Only other option is to offer mutual termination - and that involves paying settlements to the players who would want a lump-sum to do so. Something we can't do.
Peter Storrie offered him the contract, even though it was clear as day at the time TBH signed for us we were fecked. Lord knows what Storrie was thinking at the time, but as you said, the contract was offered and so the club had to honour it. Other players in our squad have taken wage deferrals and reductions in an attempt to help stem the flow a bit, but we'll still owe them money at the end of it all. The worst thing is our now former CEO David Lampitt, it's been revealed, has once again come out and admitted the club hasn't paid a second load of charity money. Believe me, that devastates me and other Pompey fans more than the contract fiasco. To watch our club over-spend is bad enough, to then find out those who were running it weren't even paying charity's? And of course you know they'll get away with it as well.
Anyway, sorry, went massively off topic there.