Date: 24th October 2011 at 12:24pm
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Whilst the ‘rumours’ continue to circulate as to who will, or will not be, the next Pompey manager I have to say that I now firmly agree with Chixy (first time for everything lol!) that pretty much none of us know anything about anything and until it happens – the appointment is made – none of us will really!

That said it does not, for me, make the process along the way any less exciting and I do like hearing new names crop up – some more than others mind.

Some get the blood pumping a little more than others too…

As I suspect that we all know now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the new and ‘surprising’ name to crop up at the weekend. His name, for whatever reason, is one that has excited me, and many others, more than a lot that have cropped up so far but why is this?

When people argue that he has ‘no experience’ and no ‘track record’ to be fair they cannot be argued against can they really.

The guy has been a manager, outright, at club level for less than a year and with all due respect to Molde this has only been in the Norwegian league, so he does not have experience or a track record to speak of as such.

What he does have though is plenty of coaching experience.

He has been taking various ‘coaching badges’, from what I can gather, for more than 5-years and spent time as Manyoo’s ressie coach – put it this way Fergie would not just let any old person take charge of players that are part of his 1st team set-up and what could potentially be another of his wave of youngsters down the line would he.

So, for him to have been in support of OGS managing his 2nd string, and even doing what he could to stop him from eventually going on to manage Molde, this seems to tell you a lot really.

Clearly Fergie sees something in the ‘baby faced assassin’ who must has picked up a thing or two from him, as many others have who have since gone into management, and on the whole, done pretty well. Unlike OGS though, and I may be wrong, not too many of these former players of his have actually started out their coaching lives at Old Trafford, again this can only have helped him working at such close quarters with him…

The News today ‘says’ that Sean O’Driscoll is ‘the favourite’ to get the job after he was interviewed last week – they even say that he turned down the job before Steve Cotterill took it some 16-months or so ago?

O’Driscoll has a reputation of playing some good football and being able to work on a shoe-string budget, so this plays into Pompey’s hands in many ways but does his name have that ‘excitement factor’ about it though.

Crowds, granted in a large part down to the price it costs, are down – of course whatever the costs people will go, it is human nature in a football fan, when the club is ‘winning regularly’ but people also want to be entertained and given OGS’s background as a player you tend to get this feeling that his style of management, and how he gets his team to play, will mirror that?

Like I say none of us really know what will happen next but there is just something ‘exciting’ about the prospect of OGS becoming our next manager so if we can pull this off, as much of a ‘risk’ as it may be, I would be happy…

All of this said though whoever we bring in will of course get my support, as every other manager has.

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