Portsmouth suffer relegation from the Championship but that is the least of their worries

Portsmouth will be playing their football in League 1 next season if they are able to sort out their financial problems which have dogged the club for years now.

Portsmouth have 40 points from 45 games

It is difficult to talk about Portsmouth without referring to the finances these days and I think that it is very harsh and the media should talk more about their loyal fans and committed staff who continually work through all their problems even when their job is constantly in danger. But let’s just focus on the actual football rather than anything else. Michael Appleton first of all deserves great praise because he has had been very dignified throughout the whole time and without the 10 point deduction they probably would have stayed up comfortably. Although he has only won eight games in charge of Pompey at least he has stayed the course and this is not having a go at Steve Cotterill who was in charge for 61 games. But maybe he should have tried to keep some stability at the club but when a more secure offer comes along, you can’t blame him for taking it.

There is an expected exodus from the club in the summer and some of the players will be missed as they have been great servants for the club. Jason Pearce looks as though he will leave and Leeds United are heavily linked with him at the moment. Even though he has only been at the club for one season he has put his in some brave performances and deserves a lot of praise from the fans and I’m sure they will wish him well in the future. Joel Ward is another that has been linked away from the club, Ipswich Town are chasing him and he will most likely leave. In the last two seasons he has played over 40 games for the club and he has actually benefitted from all their problems and lack of players because it has allowed him to show off his potential and possibly get a move back to the Premier League in the future.

Other players that have been at the club for years have not been as helpful to the club in my opinion because they have huge wages and not really performed when they have had the opportunity. Tal Ben Haim is one of these players because he must still be on a Premier League wage and has played 33 games this season but has he really helped the cause by staying?

One player that has impressed me this season is David Norris who should be a hero to the Pompey fans now after scoring that dramatic equaliser against Southampton which will be one of the high points from this season. He is the top scorer of all the players still at the club and would be a good addition to any team in the Championship next season so they will do well to keep hold of him.

Up front they have not performed that well with Benjani only scoring one goal in his 18 games. Although 12 of his appearances have came from the bench. Kanu also only has one goal in 11 games but yet again most of his appearances have been as a substitute. These players need to leave the club and they have in the past done a very good job for the team but they have should have been let go when all of their problems started and resigning them may have pleased the fans to begin with but they must realise that it is time to move on and start again.

I personally hope that Portsmouth recover because they have such fantastic fans who are very loyal and do not deserve any of this that has happened to them. Some people need to realise that the fans are the most important part of any club and the Portsmouth fans deserve a lot of praise because it would have been easy for them to become disenchanted but they haven’t and still go to Fratton Park optimistic every week that their club will finally turn the corner.

Would Jason Pearce be a good signing for Leeds United?

Jason Pearce is close to signing for Leeds United from Portsmouth as they look to rebuild their squad under new manager Neil Warnock.

Pearce as captain of Bournemouth

Leeds will be hoping to take advantage of Portsmouth who are resigned to losing their best players in the summer with them in financial problems and looking like they are going to be relegated to League 1. Pearce has been linked with a number of clubs already with Ipswich Town also looking to take the centre back but Leeds seems to be his next destination. But will he be good enough to help Leeds get promoted and who will leave Leeds to give him his chance in the squad?

Darren O’Dea has already been released from his loan spell early and has returned to Celtic. He had played 38 games for the club this season but Warnock obviously wasn’t a fan and believed he could get in better. Other players that I think should leave if Leeds do want to get promoted next season are Leigh Bromby who had a lot of potential when he was young player at Sheffield Wednesday but has never really lived up to his early career promise. Alex Bruce is another player that I think they should get rid of they want to progress, however he is quite a consistent player when he does play.

At home Leeds have conceded 39 goals which is a lot and it is no surprise that Warnock feels that he must improve this statistic at least and losing 10 games at Elland Road it must have been hard for the fans to take this year and it has probably cost them a place in the playoffs.

So will Jason Pearce have a positive impact on the team and would he be good enough for the Premier League if they do get promoted in the near future? He actually started his career at Portsmouth when they were in the Premier League but was unable to break into their first team however at the time they were an established Premier League side and would not have risked putting in a youngster. Pearce left the club to get some first team football and he went to Bournemouth where he was eventually made first team captain. He played 183 games for the club and scored eight goals. He was at the club during all of their financial difficulties and was vital in keeping them up and then eventually getting them promoted to League 1.

This season he has proved that he is a very good centre back at Championship level playing 41 games and scoring 2 goals. He will be vital for Leeds next season if he definitely signs for them which is looking extremely likely at the moment. It would not surprise me if he became club captain either because he is a very good leader and when his team really need him he will stand up and be counted which may have been missing at times this season for Leeds.