Date: 7th August 2007 at 3:04pm
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The News claims that Dejan Stefanovic has ‘blasted’ the club with his ‘show me some respect’ reaction towards Pompey, with the paper also claiming that he feels ‘he is being forced out of Fratton Park’.

No doubt most of you have already read what he is claimed to have told The News, if not click here.

Basically he has revealed that he decided to step down as captain, contrary to reports, with it pointless him having the armband if he would not be playing regularly, or at least given the chance to play regularly.

He does not sound a very happy man though and my thinking is even more along the lines that his time with Pompey is getting closer and closer to coming towards and end now.

This would be a shame as he has been a loyal servant to the club, but the harsh reality is the club are moving beyond his capabilities – on a regular basis – and he is not the player he was, so he will find it increasingly hard to play, at least regularly, now.

Personally I am not a big fan of players airing these kinds of grievances in public, which although I do not know the full story, as much as Stefanovic says he loves the club and wants to stay it is not really painting a very good picture. When players do say these kinds of things, even if they are things that have already been said to the club, more often than not they end in tears – and not where the club are concerned, more regarding the players that say them.

I would like nothing more than to see him stay with Pompey this season then move into a coaching role, but with these kind of things coming out the relationship between player and club will become even more strained, if of course things are already.

The News and Pompey seem to be at loggerheads, with both sides sniping away at each other recently, with both seemingly happy to put the boot in to one another at any given opportunity. It is swings and roundabouts, but this looks as though it could be The News giving something back to Pompey?

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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