Date: 2nd May 2018 at 7:30am
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Pompeysurrey reflects on a season of consolidation for Pompey in League One, but feels we missed a trick. Sustainable ambition is now needed.

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Consolidation was the target this season fair enough and that’s good, but it was clear in December that we had a very good chance of the play offs. Failure to show a bit more ambition in the transfer market especially when Rose was injured suggests the owners aren’t that bothered about progression on the pitch. We can’t spend too much and risk the stability of the club and neither should we, but surely there could have been a bit more money available especially with our home gates.

League 1 is a poor standard overall and teams with commitment and passion seem to do well without too much quality. The Eisner’s were so keen to buy the club but they don’t seem that interested in the actual team. You only have to look at Sunderland to see what happens when American owners lose interest. Villa as well before they got rid of Lerner.

Then you’ve got Jackett who just stands motionless while his players go through the motions. Shrewsbury, Blackpool, Gillingham at home are just a few poor performances I recall where he’s done that. I wasn’t at Bury, but I bet he was at it again. He offers no inspiration to players or supporters and if Ipswich want him then no problem as far as I’m concerned.

It was a great effort to get out of League 2, League 1 isn’t much better a standard and it wouldn’t have taken much more to at least reach the play offs, but it feels like the club has stalled and no one’s got the drive to take it any further. Unless there’s a real step up in ambition this summer it will be another season of sloppy half-hearted defeats next season and could mean relegation.

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2 Replies to “Pleasing Consolidation, Now For Ambition”

  • I echo your thoughts in your 3rd paragraph. It is worrying how little at times KJ has got involved in some games this season. In saying that he needs to be given some praise for tactical changes that often he has made at half time.

    I’m actually happy we didn’t go up. The thought of struggling each week in the championship was too much. Next season though we have to move forward and a play off place has to be the absolute minimum.

    It is a weak league though. The only two decent teams have already been promoted.

  • Agreed, it is, all things considered, a weak league isn’t it. I too do feel we’ll be stronger (hopefully) for not going up this season, doing well next time round. The loss of Matt Clarke will be huge, but going (on our terms) should allow funds to further strengthen, right?

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