Date: 30th May 2007 at 9:03am
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During his time with Pompey Alain Perrin was quite possibly the worst manager Pompey have ever had. He bought in an endless supply of poor quality players that were not up to the task or were not committed to the challenge – as well as letting others go that should never have been allowed to leave the club.

In light of a likely switch from Sochaux to Lyon I thought I would share some pearls of wisdom from Perrin. His first, the post match reaction to the opening day defeat of the 2005/06 season – his first full season in charge at Pompey, or so he thought – set the tone.

‘I know my team can play better because we were better in pre-season, but we didn’t create enough chances in the second half,’ after the 2-0 defeat to Spurs at home.

‘It was always difficult for us after we lost the first goal so early on and although we weren’t very good in the first half, we improved in the second,’ after the 2-1 defeat to West Brom away.

‘We had many chances and could have scored more goals, I think we were unlucky,’ after the 1-1 draw with Villa at home.

‘We need to keep the ball when we move it forward, which is something we found difficult to do here,’ after the 2-1 defeat to Man City away.

‘We deserved to win and had a lot of chances to score but had no success,’ after the 1-1 draw with Birmingham at home.

‘I’m a little disappointed because we led 1-0 but we have won a point against a good team’, after the 1-1 draw with Boro away.

‘We started very well and had many chances to score in the first half. I think we forgot to play, we stopped playing, there was no movement,’ after the 2-1 defeat to Charlton at home.

‘We just have to play better if we want to win. It was not a good day,’ after the 2-0 defeat to Wigan at home.

‘We did not play well in the first half but we were better in the second half,’ after the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool away – his last match in charge.

Something of a reoccurring theme there wasn’t there, so much of the time with Perrin it was ‘if onlys’ or ‘if that had happened,’ simple truth was he was not right for Pompey – arguably English football in general despite his success in France, something he continued with Sochaux this season when he won the French cup!

One thing that can never be taken away from Perrin though is the fact that he managed Pompey to arguably our greatest ever victory – certainly the most satisfying – the famous 4-1 victory over Southampton that helped to see them relegated, for that we will always thank Perrin!