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Portsmouth keeper James no fan of PR consultants

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James admits hiring a PR person could have helped him during last month's transfer window.

James says PR consultants are not his cup of tea.

He wrote in his column for the Observer: "Some years ago I thought about having a PR person, in the days when it was new and in vogue. We had a meeting and they asked me all sorts of silly questions. At one point I mentioned that I liked a bit of gardening and they got very excited, 'We'll get you into Gardeners' World!' they said. I realised then that they were more interested in promoting an idealised image of me, than in reflecting who I really am.

"PRs can have their uses though. I wonder if I'd had one through the last two transfer windows whether things would have been different. As it was my name was linked to so many moves that my 16 year old son spent the whole of transfer deadline day frantically texting me to ask what was going on. I kept saying: 'Nothing's happening, son,' but he was so engrossed in the hype that he didn't believe me. You cannot imagine how annoying it is for your son to take more notice of newspaper and TV reports than of his own dad."

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