After finishing eighth and winning the FA Cup, Portsmouth fans might be feeling that a similar season would be grand. Not their goalkeeper however…
England stopper David James has said that a repeat season in the Premiership this term would be considered a failure at Fratton Park. While he is happy with the progress Pompey have made in recent years, James is always after improvement:
Eighth again is not good enough. It would be a bad season if we finished eighth. I would consider it to be something of a failure.
Portsmouth are preparing for their first ever European season, with a shot at the UEFA Cup their reward for lifting the FA Cup at Wembley in May. James is happy to have had his hands on the famous trophy, but knows the league is the most important target for this season:
Cups are wonderful, an incredible experience, especially the day after seeing 200,000 people at the parade. That sort of thing will stay with you forever.
But the quality of your outfit is judged by your performance in the league and we have the opportunity to improve on last season. We can improve and we have to improve.
Portsmouth may have signed Peter Crouch to boost their front line for the coming season, but with the imminent £12.7m sale of Sulley Muntari to Inter Milan, will James still consider Portsmouth to be making progress?