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Sylvain Distin Fee Agreed - *Pompey Fan Interview*

Sky Sports are reporting that a fee has been agreed for Sylvain Distin from both Villa and Everton. They also say he handed in a transfer request to get the move.

I can't confirm this on the Pompey site because it has crashed, probably following the announcement of a takeover by Al Fahim!

Distin 'expresses desire to leave?' www.portsmouth.vitalfootball.co.uk

I have however done an interview with Vital Pompey ed PompeyRug

1) So, would you be surprised to see Sylvain Distin leave?

In a way I would now, but in many ways no as this is something that I expected to have happened long ago. I am very put out at his timing on deciding that now is when he wants to leave though, why not have decided this weeks ago? It is not really a good way for a club captain to act? That is of course assuming all that is 'said', actually is true - although I do not see him denying it!

2) More to the point, would you care? What is your opinion on him?

Again this is yes and no - yes because a Sylvain Distin with his head in the right place is very valuable, no because when it is not he is not any use to anyone, on or off the field! For me I would say, on the whole, his head has been in this wrong place for a long time...

3) What sort of player do you think Villa would be getting?

Again, if he is on his game you would get a fantastic defender, but his attitude on and off the field is anything but professional if he is 'unhappy' - god help you if he loses interest, if you of course sign him.

4) What sort of reception will he get when he returns to Fratton Park?

Mixed - if he goes, although you cannot forget the good he did the bad, and his public views and his public displays, will be what most remember I guess. I remember the performance against Liverpool, that was a shocker, the following day Tony Adams was gone and he is one that can really look at himself as not helping him at all...

5) Looks like the pundits are mostly backing Pompey to struggle and maybe go down, do you think Paul Hart will be able to prove them wrong, what if anything gives you cause for optimism?

If Hart continues to play 4-5-1 home and away I suspect we will be down by Christmas, unless we can bring in one top class striker that is a 'lone man' extraordinaire! Hart is the manager so I will back him, that is not to say that I like some, well probably a lot, of his calls.

Let the 'expert pundits' think what they want, backs against the wall Pompey is often the best Pompey but I still think - maybe foolishly so - that there are 3 teams worse than us though, but 'if' we go down so be it, not that I want this.

6) Any opinions on Villa you care to share!?

Villa are a good side that have gone about things in a decent way over the past few years, maybe they are one of those that could be looked at to imitate over the years ahead?




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 26 2009

Time: 5:37PM

Your Comments

Not a player who would take kindly to being left on the bench or played at right back then!
villan57
Not a player who would take kindly to being left on the bench or played at right back then!
villan57
From that opinion would someone like him, if not first choice be good for the dressing room??
Ams78
From that opinion would someone like him, if not first choice be good for the dressing room??
Ams78
Is it Distin or Dunne then? Guardian think the latter and I hope they've got it right
PTP
Is it Distin or Dunne then? Guardian think the latter and I hope they've got it right
PTP
Apparently Everton are in pole position - just said so on sky sports news.
olofthegreat
Apparently Everton are in pole position - just said so on sky sports news.
olofthegreat
***** em both off and get Upson
Raunds Villain
***** em both off and get Upson
Raunds Villain
Hard to disagree with you Rug; I've been trying to get you all day and now I know where you've been hiding!. Good luck Villa, perhaps we can have Richard Dunne now
UKTony
Hard to disagree with you Rug; I've been trying to get you all day and now I know where you've been hiding!. Good luck Villa, perhaps we can have Richard Dunne now
UKTony
Arent you lot getting warnock? So u dont need Distin.
PompeyFcMad
Arent you lot getting warnock? So u dont need Distin.
PompeyFcMad
We need Warnock, we need Distin, we need umpteen others PompeyFcMad. The phrase invented and perfected by Harry Redknapp, 'Down to the bare bones', when in charge at your place, applies just as appropriately to our goodselves. The term 'small squad' was invented for use by AVFC, its a wonder we dont have it copyrighted. As olofthegreat commented though, Sky Sports News believe that Everton are in the box-seat to land his signature, so we Villans cant welcome him signing just yet. We've been supposedly sniffing around him all summer, so if we lose out now, we only have ourselves to blame.
glensider
We need Warnock, we need Distin, we need umpteen others PompeyFcMad. The phrase invented and perfected by Harry Redknapp, 'Down to the bare bones', when in charge at your place, applies just as appropriately to our goodselves. The term 'small squad' was invented for use by AVFC, its a wonder we dont have it copyrighted. As olofthegreat commented though, Sky Sports News believe that Everton are in the box-seat to land his signature, so we Villans cant welcome him signing just yet. We've been supposedly sniffing around him all summer, so if we lose out now, we only have ourselves to blame.
glensider
I think Dunne will be fine just fine, younger, bit less of a twit. French players cause trouble and it's about time we had a few more Irish lads in our squad.
PTP
I think Dunne will be fine just fine, younger, bit less of a twit. French players cause trouble and it's about time we had a few more Irish lads in our squad.
PTP
Dunne is brilliant on his day but has his off days too, definately better than Zat Knight though, and based on recent performances bar liverpoool, better than Davies and Cuellar. Having said that i think he would bring the best out in Davies like Laursen did, he is a similar player to Laursen in that he throws himself at everything trying to win the ball, obviously not as well as Laursen did, but he is a bit of a commander at the back.
liamo1981
Dunne is brilliant on his day but has his off days too, definately better than Zat Knight though, and based on recent performances bar liverpoool, better than Davies and Cuellar. Having said that i think he would bring the best out in Davies like Laursen did, he is a similar player to Laursen in that he throws himself at everything trying to win the ball, obviously not as well as Laursen did, but he is a bit of a commander at the back.
liamo1981
All I will remember about Distin is his speech when we were in the relegation zone in January "I did not come to Portsmouth to fight for salvation". I will never forget it. Anything he did on the pitch, he was paid handsomely for.
Gandor1
All I will remember about Distin is his speech when we were in the relegation zone in January "I did not come to Portsmouth to fight for salvation". I will never forget it. Anything he did on the pitch, he was paid handsomely for.
Gandor1
Dunne is a better option!
azton villain
Dunne is a better option!
azton villain
please please please o'neill sign tuncy he is the bit of creativity missing and someone easily attainable for little money bring him in theres something missing in centre to link foward line just do it !!!!
sean the villan
please please please o'neill sign tuncy he is the bit of creativity missing and someone easily attainable for little money bring him in theres something missing in centre to link foward line just do it !!!!
sean the villan
Distin is a good buy. He'll do what O'neill tells him. Dunne? forget it mateys, he's got better fish to fry...
Sindbad
Distin is a good buy. He'll do what O'neill tells him. Dunne? forget it mateys, he's got better fish to fry...
Sindbad
If you get Dunne as well then its an instant partnership.
Buzz Lightyear
If you get Dunne as well then its an instant partnership.
Buzz Lightyear
 

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