Date: 25th November 2009 at 6:29pm
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Dan Brett aka PompeySedge shares his thoughts on Paul Hart’s sacking and another ‘transitional period’ it will bring.

It seems in the wake of Paul Hart’s sacking as Portsmouth boss, that the club are set to go through another period of change.

The last 12-months have been a roller-coaster for all concerned with Portsmouth Football Club. Most teams are lucky for one multi-million pound takeover.. We’ve had two, three different managers and more arrivals and departures than Heathrow Airport… But are we about to go on another trip?

It’s not surprising to me as a Pompey fan, as in my book any manager that only wins two of their opening thirteen Premier League games isn’t cut out for the job in hand.

I personally wish Paul Hart all the best for the future, and really wished that he’d have taken up the club’s offer to move back to his old job with the youth squad, a position that famed him within the club before taking up the poisoned chalice left behind by Harry Redknapp’s over-the-top spending and Tony Adams’ unfortunate but similar run of results.

I’ve spoken to a large number of Portsmouth fans since the sacking of Hart and it seems to me like there’s a clear divide among supporters. Some, like me, feel that the time was right. No offence to Paul as an individual, as taking on the team at a time which he didn’t have to, and could’ve sat comfortably on the wage he was getting speaks volumes about the man’s character.

He’s a clear football fanatic and lover of the game, and saw a fantastic opportunity to get back into management but unfortunately this time it didn’t seem to fall quite right for him. However the uncertainty surrounding the club affected the players (in terms of wages and settling at a club that was clearly on a downhill spiral), so for him to try to motivate the team on the back of this would’ve been a challenge for any manager in the modern day game.

On another note, many fans feel that he should have been given extra time, in that he had a lot to deal with as manager and should have been offered at least a few more games to turn it around, at a time where the team weren’t playing that badly, just lacked the finishing touch of a clinical striker, which could’ve been brought in during the January window.

Regardless of however you feel about the situation, one thing remains clear. No matter who’s in charge of the team or who’s sitting in our boardroom, we are Portsmouth. We all need to continue to show our passion for the club (especially during ‘back against the wall’ times such as these) and show just how much we love our club.

We could have a potential gem on our hands, in terms of bringing new managers in, which I believe to be Darren Ferguson. A manager recently sacked by Peterborough Town, son of Sir Alex.. Could he be the answer? Personally I think yes. He’s had an incredibly successful time during his spell at London Road, and has all the attributes to make him a top manager.. And let’s not forget, he’s got his dad for advice!

Overall, I’m not too shocked by the recent events and think it’s time once again for fan solidarity. We’ll all still go if we’re sat in League Two, looking forward to away games to Rotherham and Grimsby Town once again.. But if we’ve got a chance to motivate the team and use our famous 12th man to help keep the team in the World’s top league.. Then for me it’s a no-brainer.

Play Up Pompey!

Written by Dan Brett aka PompeySedge.

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7 Replies to “Yet another transitional period?”

  • Very good article Dan. I agree with just about every one of your sentiments, Harty did nothing wrong accept take the job which was impossible!!

  • i dont agree Hart had many chances to gain a result and tactical erroros and basic fear did for us; lets not forget how most of us at some time or other queried his decisions. the decision should have been taken weeks ago and i think it was purely work permit related. we all seem to have forgotten we have run games and lost and the fact that last season he had one of the best footballing teams in the league and yes he kept us up, but mostly down to the inexorable decline of those around us. Dave of his last 25 games how many did Hart win; i dont know the answer but i bet it aint more that 5. sad loss for the youth development; good loss for the team

  • I agree with what you say Dan, and also with Russell – if that’s possible. He took on the team in very difficult circumstances, when nobody else would, and he’s a decent chap. But his tactics were dire, and we just lost too many matches that we should have taken something from. We can’t go on like and the time was right for him to go.

  • “as in my book any manager that only wins two of their opening thirteen Premier League games isn’t cut out for the job in hand.” A bit harsh – a man can only work with the tools he’s given and his PL team was replaced with a CL team. I bet whoever takes over will insist on having money for the January window.

  • yes another transitional period, except this time we already have a new CEO Mark Jacob,

    Horay! 100k a month and he gets charged with tax fraund and hides all the bills at fratton park.

  • Good point Goldenboot. As you all know, I don’t know much, but I remember when HR and Adams was here we were lamenting the fact that our strikers did not get the service they needed to get the goals. It strikes me that we are getting loads of service now, but we don’t have the strikers. How can that be Paul Hart’s fault? Good strikers are an expensive commodity and he just did not have the funds. I do take the point that his tactical nous was rubbish, but how many chances have we created that just could not be taken because we did not have a successful finisher? January could have solved that – if we are give any money, that is. Transitional describes us to a tee at the moment. Trouble is, we cannot afford it – we have left it too late. He may still come good, but I think te worst thing that ever happened to us is SAF and his interminable due diligence.

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