Date: 7th February 2011 at 9:22am
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Firstly, what I must say is I WISH that Balram Chainrai had said what he is ‘said’ to have to The South China Post on The Pompey Site.

Surely the first port of call for all Pompey fans is the official website, right?

So, with that in mind things such as what our owner has said ‘should’ be announced to us on that site.

That said, at least we have heard something, with him saying: ‘we will be making a couple of loan signings when the loan window opens.’

He also had something to say about John Utaka, who left Pompey last week among mixed feelings from the fans.

To be honest, whilst it left us short(er) of bodies from the point of view of what is best for Portsmouth Football Club I still feel that moving him on, thus getting his wages off the wage bill – that Chainrai has said was almost £40,000 per week! – was something we needed to do, so this was actually a good thing.

It was always rejected that he was on the £40,000-£50,000 weekly wage that was claimed, although Chainrai has said that it was almost £40,000 and not the £26,000 or so PFC said it was: ‘Utaka was sold because he was on a salary of almost £40,000 a week.

‘He was part of the old legacy we inherited. We need to bring down the overheads.

‘We are under the watchful eye of the Football League, who supervise what we do, who we sign and what we spend.’

Actions MUST now follow these words.

The problem with further emergency loan signing is that we will ‘probably’ always have to leave out 1 or 2 players from each squad, as if we increase the loanees to 6 or 7 with only 5 able to be involved in a match day squad some will be left out each time.

That said chances are at least 1 loanee will be unavailable sometimes, be that down to injury or suspension.

What we saw with Utaka going IS something that we will see with most, if not all of the high earners left at Fratton come the summer.

The rebuilding of this club has started, although the next – and arguable the most important phase of this – will be undertaken this summer when the squad will be having quite literally a complete overhaul, with players, those out of contract at least, ONLY staying if they take massive pay cuts, which I cannot see many taking.

Players will come in, hopefully, that WILL be willing to pay for a ‘basic wage’ of £10,000 absolute maximum per week. This is something that the club needs to do, and we can do this with players that are honest and genuine enough to give their all and leave us as a decent club that can then look to rebuild to something else, in the right way!

I cannot really argue with Chainrai’s thoughts here, they sound logical and realistic – my only gripe with them, as said, is the fact that he did not make his statement officially, as hearing a rare comment from him would have been much better coming on The Pompey Site…

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