You can’t beat a bit of charity and the odd goodwill gesture here and there.
Which is why it must have warmed the cockles of Michael Appleton’s heart when West Bromwich Albion decided to send George Thorne down to bolster his Portsmouth squad.
This is significant for many reasons, not least as Portsmouth were last week docked ten points for going into administration. Again.
They were also only able to name three substitutes for their game at Barnsley.
Thorne’s arrival – a deal signed off by the administrator – cannot come soon enough. The irony can surely also not be lost.
Just four years ago an expensively-assembled Portsmouth side – one which they subsequently couldn’t afford to fund – beat Albion in the 2008 FA Cup semi-final thanks to a Kanu goal.’
Still, charity begins at home.
With Chris Brunt due to return soon, Paul Scharner’s rib injury not deemed too serious and with Graham Dorrans, for one, unable to get into the side, you cannot blame Roy Hodgson for wanting to help out his old assistant manager down at Fratton Park by agreeing to the youngster’s loan.
“It’s good for George to get games in central midfield,” said Hodgson. “We have some very fierce competition there at the moment.
“We have Graham Dorrans out of the team, we’ve got Keith Andrews as well as Scharner, James Morrison, Youssouf Mulumbu with maybe Brunt coming back.
“So it was a chance for us to loan him out and get a few games under his belt. We wish George all the best.”
Thorne is looking forward to being back on the pitch after simply finding Albion’s midfield so congested. “My fitness is lacking a little bit. My last competitive game was about three weeks ago before the Barnsley game,” he said.
“It takes any player one or two games to get their match sharpness back but I’m looking forward to hopefully staying at Portsmouth for the rest of the season.
“I’ve known Appy a long time, he’s helped me out a lot throughout my career. I benefited from playing for Portsmouth last time and I enjoyed it.
“I felt it was only right that I came back here to play football again. I was only here for four games before, but I felt like I was a very big part of the club.
“The staff and the fans made me feel very welcome. Sometimes you find clubs that aren’t like that. I felt very strongly that I fitted in here and enjoy the style of football. I just felt part of it.
“I want to be part of helping these lads stay in the division, especially the manager. Everyone deserves it, the fans are fantastic, so hopefully we can push on.
“I was aware that I could come back but it was a case of sitting and waiting by the phone. As soon as Appy gave me the call, I was up for it.
“I travelled to the training ground to do the paperwork and then travelled up to the hotel to meet the team.
“We’ve got a great bunch of lads here – players with great ability – and there’s a team spirit that is second to none. You can see that spirit among the fans as well.”