Date: 21st May 2010 at 9:52am
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David James has made no secret of his desire to move into coaching or management, and has also previously said that this ‘could’ come at Pompey – where he has also previously said that he would be interested in continuing his playing career next season.

This chance to continue playing for us has been offered to the veteran, a contract is on the table, he just needs to sign it!

The chance of starting that managerial career with Pompey, and sooner than he might have imaged, ‘could’ come along now?

Admin Andy has admitted that he will discuss the option of James taking over from Uncle Avram, although he also conceded that the job could come too soon for him: ‘I believe David wants to go into management one day, although I’m not sure if this will be too soon for him.

‘But he is one of the most articulate guys I have ever met and I shall be discussing the situation with him.’

‘If’ James was approached and ‘if’ he agreed ahead of the world cup, surely that would see him as a first player to not only captain a club, but be the player-manager of this club yet still play international football?

I have already said that I think the current coaching staff remaining intact is pretty important, I know that it is not liked but this, for me, seems to be the route we need to take here as these guys know the score with the club completely – they will not be surprised by what will, or will not happen so they will not be expecting too much. They also know the players at the club and will know which youngsters are ready to step up, and the ones to place most trust in.

Making the most of what we have could be vital to our season next time round, as said these guys know best of all the traits of the players we have an ‘could’ get the best out of them.

This, the appointing from within, especially giving people a ‘first crack at management’ has not worked before but at the very least looking to make James a player-coach is something I think we should look to do.

That first break has to come somewhere, if it proved to be with us then as much as it is ‘a risk,’ as it has been in the past, I seriously do not think we have that many options to be that ‘picky’ or ‘choosy’ about things to tell the truth. Managers will not be queue around the block for this job will they? Those that are will hardly be quality appointments will the…

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