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A selection of the latest PFC news and blog posts.
Paul Merson: Pompey always have a chance when Brett Pitman is playing Pompey have always got a chance of winning when Brett Pitman is playing. That is the verdict of Paul Merson, who stressed the importance of teams having a prolific marksman in their ranks. Pitman enjoyed a fine maiden campaign at Fratton Park last season.
Pompey hopeful of recruiting former loanee MARK CATLIN insists Pompey remain hopeful of capturing Anton Walkes. The Blues are in talks with the versatile Spurs performer following a successful loan spell. Walkes had impressed Kenny Jackett following his January arrival from White Hart Lane, subsequently establishing himself as a Pompey regular.
Send In The Clowns It was in September 1980 that Stoke manager Alan Durban told journalists following a defeat at Arsenal: “If you want entertainment, go and watch a bunch of clowns.”.
Sheffield United and Portsmouth face competition from abroad for powerful striker Dutch club FC Utrecht are the latest side to enter the race for Colchester United striker Mikael Mandron this summer, according to HITC Sport. Mandron is a man in-demand this summer after impressing at Colchester last term.
Fixtures countdown: Money to spend but Pompey quality can be found for free The wait is nearly over for Pompey fans desperate to know the route they'll have to take for a potential return to the Championship next season. Thursday sees the League One fixtures released, with Blues supporters no doubt keen to see where and when their side will be in action over the forthcoming campaign.
How do Checkatrade Trophy changes affect Pompey? Pompey could face a new Premier League academy side in the Checkatrade Trophy next season. Arsenal are the latest top-flight club to enter a under-21 team in the competition. The Gunners will be joined by youth sides from the likes of Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Everton.
On this day: Pompey boss fears striker exit On this day in 2007, Harry Redknapp feared Kanu may carry out his threat to quit Pompey. The striker had reached deadlock with the Blues over a new contract. And Redknapp reckoned Kanu could be stubborn enough not to sign a new deal unless he gets what he wants.
Foster: Southgate has impressed as England boss STEVE FOSTER is convinced England can flourish under the leadership of Gareth Southgate. The Three Lions' World Cup finals campaign kicks off against Tunisia this evening. There is little expectancy surrounding England.
Ex-Pompey skipper: Why I turned down Football League for Hawks PAUL ROBINSON admitted he put family first by snubbing Football League offers in favour of a Hawks switch. The former Pompey skipper is back on the south coast following his exit from AFC Wimbledon. The 36-year-old opted to quit League One and join a club closer to his Petersfield home in the form of the National League newcomers.
Foreign opposition pencilled in for Pompey friendly POMPEY are closing in on finalising their Fratton Park pre-season opponents. And it is understood the potential visitors are a club from abroad. The Blues still have Saturday, July 28, free on their busy pre-season schedule. The date has long been earmarked as the customary Fratton Park match ahead of the new campaign.
Pompey star happy to see Jackett following same formula - Portsmouth News Jamal Lowe says Pompey's glut of new signings have increased his excitement for next season. The former Hampton and Richmond talent is delighted to see Kenny Jackett following up the example he set by signing him by delving around the lower leagues and non-league scene for new faces.
Rapid Pompey in a hurry to recruit KENNY JACKETT urged a sprint start from Pompey during the transfer window. The response certainly has come at breakneck speed compared to recent south-coast summers. By June 11, the Blues had recruited five new faces as squad strengthening began at pace.
Robinson seeks coaching opportunities PAUL ROBINSON is eyeing local coaching opportunities to dovetail his Hawks switch. The 36-year-old has dropped out of the Football League to link-up with Lee Bradbury's side for their maiden National League campaign. In doing so, the ex-Pompey skipper will become part-time - allowing him to pursue coaching aspirations.
New boy licensed to be Pompey's midfield enforcer Tom Naylor has been handed a licence to be Pompey's midfield enforcer. And the Blues' new recruit is relishing the prospect of being tasked with being his side's general in the middle of the park. Naylor agreed a three-year deal and will join Kenny Jackett's men after two seasons in the Championship with Burton Albion.
Lowe sets Pompey attacking targets Jamal Lowe is aiming to up his creative threat next season. And that means breaking into double figures in terms of both goals and assists for Pompey. Lowe will be looking to achieve that personal ambition - and has no doubt the target for his team is promotion.
Who have Pompey's rivals recruited in the past week? Lee Brown became Pompey's fifth signing of the summer a week ago. The left-back penned a two-year deal at Fratton Park as Kenny Jackett's side starts to take shape ahead of the upcoming campaign. Yet the Blues aren't the only team who have been busy in the market.
Rio Ferdinand: Attempted penalty save against Pompey was 'worst dive ever' It was the worst dive ever - horrendous!' Pompey, of course, would go on to land the FA Cup that year. They delivered a 1-0 win over West Brom in the semi-finals, courtesy of Kanu's strike. The Blues then beat Cardiff by the same scoreline in the final, with the Nigeria international again on target.
VIDEO: Former Pompey captain Paul Merson gives his thoughts on England's World Cup chances During the event, Merson - who skippered Harry Redknapp's side to the Division One title in 2003 - spoke about England's World Cup chances in Russia and his own experiences at France '98. Watch the video above to hear what he had to say…
League One Newcomers: Sunderland The fact that the last meeting between Pompey and Sunderland took place in the Premier League shows how far both teams have fallen in recent years.
Pompey owner Michael Eisner shows his sense of humour One blunder has Eisner made, though, was after last month's Champions League final. After Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev, courtesy of Gareth Bale's double, the American congratulated the Welshman. However, Eisner made the mistake of saying Bale was trained on the south coast of the UK.
Ex-Pompey forward Paul Merson feels England's World Cup chances rest on Raheem Sterling Former Pompey forward Paul Merson believes England's World Cup hopes hinge on Raheem Sterling. The ex-Fratton favourite feels the Three Lions have a chance of winning the tournament - but insists the Manchester City man 'has to click' in Russia. Gareth Southgate's side face Tunisia in their World Cup curtain-raiser on Monday.
On this day: Pompey boss Harry Redknapp targets West Ham and former Newcastle United winger On this day a decade ago, Harry Redknapp hinted he could be set to make a move for Nobby Solano as talk of Peter Crouch's arrival gathered pace. West Ham's Peruvian winger had reportedly been told to find another club, as Hammers boss Alan Curbishley planned a summer overhaul of his squad.
No Pompey for now - but World Cup legacy lives on Alex Wilson and Jackie Henderson earned Scotland selection for the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland. Sadly they never managed to leave Portsmouth. Financial issues forced manager Andy Beattie to leave behind nine members of his 22-man squad as the Scots limbered up for a maiden World Cup finals appearance.
Lowe speaks out on Pompey future Jamal Lowe has underlined his contentment at Pompey. And one of the club's key assets has outlined his desire to remain at Fratton Park and deliver Championship football to the club he joined last year.
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