Winds of change
New personnel and a new beginning. Can Pompey ride the storm? FanZone's Pete Alexander thinks so.
Last Updated: 30/01/09 11:51am
It's amazing how quickly things change in football.
This January has been a strange, strange month at Fratton Park. They say life's a rollercoaster and, after six years of almost uninterrupted adulation, I think us Pompey fans had almost forgotten that.
As per, Mr Redknapp was the catalyst for revolution, changing his mind one last time to try his hand with a so-called 'big club'. Personally, I don't really get angry about it any more.
Harry had taken us as far as he was ever going to, and his ego had taken a knock with all corners of the press labelling him a bottler for turning down the Newcastle job. And, to be honest, who knows what would have happened without that £5m "transfer" fee?
With Muntari and Mendes gone, (the latter for a measly £3m) it was clear that finances were stretched and we were still going to be in trouble come the transfer window. What followed were two incredible bits of business by Peter Storrie.
With City sniffing around Diarra and lots of interest in Defoe, it was always going to be a seller's market, but getting around £35m for the pair (depending on what paper you read) was a real breath of fresh air.
Still, while parting with Defoe was relatively easy to stomach - his head had dropped in recent weeks and it was clear that he wanted a move back to North London - losing arguably the best player ever to pull on the blue shirt was heartbreaking.
But he had given us an incredible year and, let's face it, even the World Player of the Year's head is turned when Real come calling.
But things weren't looking good. Results have been terrible and the fans aren't happy. I, however, am one of these 'half full' people. I'm convinced that we're moving in the right direction.
Losing to Swansea last week is a blessing in disguise - Premier League survival has got to be the priority this year. We've had our day in the sun, we've had a cracking few years, but now is the time to settle down and grind out some points.
And we've got to give Tony time too. Lots of people are giving him stick, but he's now had a chance to bring in his own players and I, for one, was relatively encouraged by what was on show on Tuesday against Villa.
We've just got to put the ball in the back of the net!
Pennant should thrive with our best player in Glen Johnson down the right, securing Belhadj on a long-term deal is a good sign (despite his strops), and the quick additions of a grafter in Mullins and an exciting prospect in Pele will hopefully show people that we are trying to build a strong squad to take us forward.
You never know... The rumours are saying that both Emerson and Saviola could still come in.
Fulham, who we face on this weekend, have got a great record at home, but hopefully that'll be the game to kick-start Tony's season.
Play up Pompey!