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Portsmouth pre-season tour: just why?

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With many clubs jetting off on money spinning tours this summer before the season kicks off again, cash stricken Pompey followed suit with a tour to the USA which has gone disastrously wrong.

Failures on the tour included the loss of the first team kits, a squad so thin that they could barely put a squad out, and flight cancellations which meant journeys were extended to forty hours plus.

Maybe I’m on my own, but although this is a calamity story, am I the only one questioning why Portsmouth felt the need to go on a foreign pre-season tour at all.

This is the team who have the dubious title of being the first Premier League club to go into administration. This is a club who are still in administration and are going through a court battle with HMRC over plans to come out of administration.

The off field financial problems have impacted massively on the pitch for Portsmouth, with a transfer embargo being placed upon the club, placing the club in a position where they may start the season with a squad primarily made of academy players.

For a team with so many problems, isn’t a trip abroad just screaming of indulgence? Will the club actually feel any benefit of going on a foreign tour, especially as it has ended up being a complete disaster?

As an outsider, maybe I’m missing the point. However, I cannot see how any positive outcomes could have ever come out of this trip, and maybe a few weeks playing clubs in England would have been better for this young squad who are going to have to acclimatise quickly to a life in the Championship.

Pre-season, it is not all it’s made out to be.


Written by Nicole Carroll

July 26, 2010 at 2:10 pm

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  1. They were probably paid for competing in the tournament. It was probably cheaper for them to do this than it would have been to stay in the UK.


    July 26, 2010 at 2:13 pm

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