Portsmouth and Ipswich Town fans clash on social media after yet another questionable decision is made in signing defender George Edmundson.
Both sets of fans have been reacting to the Portman Road outfit for sealing a deal for the now ex-Rangers player on four-year contract, boosting the League One side’s promotion hopes.
The 23-year-old had been on the radar of Portsmouth and Derby County among other clubs, however it was Ipswich that won the race for his signature.
The fee is reportedly in the region of £750,000 and he has signed a four-year deal.
Edmundson became the Tractorboys’s ninth summer signing for the club, who are looking like strong contenders for promotion out of the third tier of English football this year. Ipswich has also signed Conor Chaplin, another player who can easily impress.
Portsmouth are also looking to earn a promotion and boss Danny Cowley has already recruited eight new players.
Though unlike Ipswich, Pompey have spent an extremely smaller amount money, with the majority of the signings frees or loans.
This has led to a sour taste with many, as some Portsmouth fans have been calling Ipswich ‘Chequebook FC’ for the way in which they have splashed out this summer…
Patrick Palmer @PatrickJP85: Incredibly rich, coming from #pompey fans. You bought your FA cup and are still paying for it, at least it’s only League One now hey!
Escanor @NDL_ArtDirector: Did we buy it? How does anyone run a football team without money? We bought good players and hired a manager who had been with us for years, knocking out a treble-winning [Manchester] United in the process.
M Slatz @slatz73: Portsmouth, the same team who overspent, who went into administration a few years ago, took a nine-point penalty and dropped down three divisions, complaining about other teams spending money now.
S¥MØNDS @AshleySymonds_: Remember when you bought the FA Cup? Yeah weren’t crying then were you.
Joe Parkinson @JoeParkinson23: We weren’t in League One in the middle of a pandemic. And we didn’t buy the FA Cup.
Elder Grizzly @ElderGrizzly: And you won the FA Cup on a squad assembled on a packet of pork scratchings? If you dig a little deeper, you’ll see we have spent very little once outgoings are taken into consideration.
Gareth Lingley @lingley_gareth: We’ve also not spent too much actually, we’ve bought in decent transfer fees, got rid of big wages and spent it wisely, [and we have] also used frees! Only spent a little over what we received, just smart! If you had players worth anything you’d [be] ok, but you don’t. Maybe Curtis but no one wants [him].
HanoiHanz @HanoiHanz: More salt on those chips?….Our net spend on fees is 300k after this deal… we moved almost two teams worth of players on. I know other teams would rather we started the season with no players but that’s taking charity a bit far.
As Portsmouth and Ipswich fans clash after yet another questionable decision, others gave their reaction…
@nowynowball: If u don’t go up it’s going to be very embarrassing
@PompeyFan24680: Don’t care, buying the league
@barnesy_uk: Shipped out almost an entire squad and spent hardly any money, how is that buying the league 🤔
@ElliottSAFC: Fair play to Ipswich the new board are really backing Cook. Some good signings they really.should be up there in the automatics so pressure will be on.
@loupirolo: Paul Cook on top of the signings Ipswich have made – it’ll be a disaster if they don’t get promoted
@Alex16793: If you don’t piss the league then there’s something wrong
@RyanSen02131953: If you actual looked at are business overall, we sold players for a total of around 2million and let go of 20 players in total of the books and are new signings before chaplin come to around 2.5mill so only spent 500k lol. Also as a club thats only signed frees for past 10 years.
@DanShelcot: Salty, we’ve had to endure years of decline and under investment, now we are being smart and rebuilding a smaller squad. We’ve let 20 players leave including getting transfer fees and high earners out
@_kd1905: I think it’s Ipswich that’s going to “Blow the league away” #cafc
@DonsNcfc: They still won’t go up don’t worry 🤩
@RoGairReport: Nice to see an Envy FC fan turning up here. Wasn’t long ago that Pompey were spunking money on the likes of Kanu and Utaka. Wind it in son.
HMS rattle all other clubs in the league
— Brad Butcher (@bradbutcher_) July 27, 2021
Pompey tears don’t you just love it pic.twitter.com/zYdRKZO2EJ
— Rich Cooke ITFC (@cookie_77) July 27, 2021
A #Pompey fan moaning about another club spending money
— Sfcbows😇 (@Sfcbows) July 27, 2021
Ipswich apparently close to signing Connor Chaplin.
Ipswich Town have won the League One title with 100 goals and 100 points😂
— Knappers (@ftfcknappers) July 27, 2021
Danny Crowley everytime Ipswich offer money for a player pic.twitter.com/MJq0HLBGz8
— ToM RILEY🏴 (@Itfctom672) July 25, 2021
— Daniel Cook (@DanthemanCook) July 27, 2021
— Luke (@lfev11) July 26, 2021
Meanwhile, here’s a look at what managers have said about ‘crazy’ spending in League One.
“I want us to be competitive, of course, but I don’t want us to overspend. I want the club to be sustainable,” said the Wanderers boss.
“I don’t want the owners to have to keep finding and ploughing money into the club with a good business model.
“Some of the money I hear being spent around League One is crazy, but we are not going to do that. We are not that football club anymore.”
Rotherham chief Warne said: “Anyone coming up from League One will find the divide is massive. If the smaller teams come up, the task is getting greater and greater and it’s turning into a Premier League 2 and the rest in my opinion.
“There are some owners who are throwing obscene amounts of money at it. If you look at Bournemouth, the money they threw and the success they’ve got, it is encouraging people to throw money at it because they all want the promised land of the Premier League.
“The problem is if two or three in the Championship throw real money at it, then the others do as well if they want to compete and it’s a rolling effect, it gets greater and greater.”
“What you’ll find is that a couple of clubs have spent a hell of a lot more money with players and agents than other clubs have done, to attract players,” said the Charlton boss.
“To use our football club as a prime example, nearly going out of existence and saved by the owner and the supporters – (it’s about) making sure we don’t put ourselves in that position moving forward.
“We’re still in a very delicate position across world football, especially in the lower leagues.”
Portsmouth chief Cowley said: “Ultimately we can’t compete with some clubs in this division.
“You’re looking at the top end of the division this year and it’s gone crazy financially. I’ve lived this league with Lincoln two years ago and the top teams are paying double what they paid then.
“We’ve got brilliant owners who are doing things sustainably, which is absolutely the right thing to do. But when you do it in a sustainable way, you have to do it in an intelligent way.”
“We have a transfer pot available, which is brilliant but we’re probably going to be in the same position in the spending league. We’re having to spend to stay anywhere near,” said the Oxford boss.
“There are teams in our league offering £10,000 a week to defenders and you’re thinking ‘this is ludicrous where this league is going’. We can’t get anywhere near this.”