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We couldn't compete with Pompey's wages

We couldn't compete with Pompey's wages

McCarthy has joined Hull boss Phil Brown in condemning Portsmouth's transfer policy this season.

Portsmouth could be wound up this week and disappear from the Premier League before the end of the season due to a financial melt down at the club.

With a massive tax bill and unable to pay the players on time for months, Portsmouth's days could well be numbered and it's all because of their massive over spending.

Hull City boss Phil Brown has recently said that he missed out on three players to Pompey because what Hull were offering was "blown out of the water" by Portsmouth.

While McCarthy revealed that he also missed out on two players due to over spending at Portsmouth.

"We had a player in my office and wanted to sign him and we couldn`t match the deal that was being offered down there. It would be grossly unfair to name the player.' McCarthy told the Express & Star.

He added: "Then another one that we were trying to sign and we were negotiating with also ended up at Portsmouth, on a deal that we wouldn`t be prepared to give him.'

Tommy Smith and Jamie O`Hara could well have been the players McCarthy was discussing, but he would not confirm names.

Vital Wolves Comment: I know some Wolves fans are not happy with Moxey, but at least we are not in Portsmouth's situation!

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Date:Wednesday February 17 2010
Time: 12:00PM


I am shocked by this. Either, mcCarthy (and phil brown, and the rest of the world...) are making this up, or our club is just plain stupid...
17/02/2010 12:26:00
Your club is just plain stupid I`m afraid. Mick says what he thinks, no BS from him.
Wolf Man
17/02/2010 13:26:00
Ahhh well, whatever, we'll see you next season in the fizzy pop league.
17/02/2010 13:39:00
Jeez, another example of Pompey mismanagement. Well they are due to submit paperwork today so their fate will be decided later on. It's things like this that led to the downfall of the club. Unmanageable debt is blighting a large percentage of PL clubs, and will seriously screw up some clubs if it isn't sorted out and stricter regulations are bought in. Not sure about Wolves financial situation - but it shows what some clubs will do to stay at the very top. Hope you boys don't follow suit.
17/02/2010 13:41:00
So they reckon it's O'Hara or Brown... Well O'Hara is paid by Spurs so it surely can't be him... As for Smith he can't be on 'that' much .. Pompey's total wage bill is only £1.8m p.m .. thats an approx 19k per week per player for a 22 man squad .. Maybe Mick is just spouting off because your board didn't want to pay for the player he wanted (whatever the cost) .. or maybe Mick and his mate Suntan Brown have just decided to have a good old kick at a relegation rival while they are down... Nice one Mick .. that's really sporting
17/02/2010 14:03:00
Totally agree Chix. Remember, we were looking for cheap players. How cheap Brown and Mickly think these players we managed to get were?
Pompey Malta
17/02/2010 14:16:00
Believe what you want Pompey fans, but the long and short of it is, you are in the clarts because your club has spent more money than it earsns. Repeatedly. Feel sorry for the fans, but your club are fraudulent cheats, taking on board responsibilities they cannot pay for. In any business other than football in this country you would not exist by now.
18/02/2010 22:09:00
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