Ex-Claret training with Pompey
By Tony Scholes
Updated Tuesday, 10th July 2012
The goings on at Portsmouth would have made good copy for my weekly review of the Championship had they not been relegated at the end of last season.
I say sort of prepare. Manager Michael Appleton has ten players currently on his staff. Two of them - Nwankwo Kanu and Aaron Mokoena - didn't turn up for training when it got underway yesterday.
The other eight did with Appleton making it clear that all of them need to move on. He's urged them all to compromise in terms of what they are owed. "There won't be a football club if we don't work together," he said.
"Players need to accept they are not going to get every penny of every pound that they are owed, but they are sensible lads, they've been through a lot over the past six months and I'm sure we will come to some sort of agreement over the coming weeks."
Two of those eight could be gone sooner rather than later. Luke Varney is in discussions with Leeds and David Norris is expected to move to Sheffield Wednesday.
That would leave six, all of whom they need to see go. They are Tal Ben Haim, Greg Halford, Erik Huseklepp, Dave Kitson, Liam Lawrence and Hayden Mullins.
Once they are gone, and once they are permitted to sign players, then Appleton can start creating a squad from scratch. He's already begun that process with two players training with them. One is former Doncaster Mustapha Dumbuya, the other is ex-Claret Jon Harley who was released by Notts County at the end of last season.
John Spicer was released with him. I've just noticed Portsmouth don't have a goalkeeper so maybe they might want to get in touch.