Date:Sunday February 1 2009
Despite another defeat, and a defeat that leaves us teetering on the brink of slipping into the drop zone - something that I really fear we will find hard, if not impossible to get out of if we drop in - Tony Adams has vowed to BBC Sport that he will not run away from his job and will keep fighting, as the players must: 'I'll pick us up and get on with the next game and rally the troops. I don't run away.
'I'll fight and these players have to fight and stay together. It's a scrap, but I'll be scrapping.'
We have now lost 6 of the last 7 games and are without a win in the league for 2-months, all of which leaves him very, very much under pressure yet he still refuses to concede that he is worried about his future: 'no, I don't think so.
'It is all good at the moment. I do my job to the best of my ability. It has been a tough period. The last two months have been difficult, both on and off the pitch.'
The transfer window is something that he is looking forward to seeing the back of, as heads have been turned, but once this slams shut at 5pm tomorrow that is it, you get on with what you have - yet he still hopes to add a player or two, but rightly so Dave Nugent will again get a chance, although I suspect it will not be in a 4-4-2 against Liverpool but out wide on the right in a 4-5-1: 'heads have been turned up and down the country. Once it is closed we can get on with business.
'I didn't have many options on the bench. But I think David Nugent will get a chance, he worked his socks off.
'But we need a couple of players as I am limited to what I can do.
'Jermaine Pennant is suspended for the next game and he's also got a knock at the moment so I am running out of players.
'The situation has changed at the football club. I've not been given £100m to spend in this window that's for sure, but you get on with the squad you've got.'
The calls for Adams' head grow louder and louder, and whilst I concede things are not looking good I am still at a loss to see who would be better to bring in - managers are invariably out of a job for a reason, if they were up for the job they were being asked to do they would still be doing this wouldn't they?
Another thought is, who would come in and work to the constraints they would have to?
For me, chances are more players will need/want to be sold in the summer, if anyone else came in I am not sure they would accept the need to sell players as readily as Adams does.
If we were going to make this change I feel we should have made this at the start/early in January - doing it now is not going to achieve anything, granted you usually get that 'new manager boost', which could give us a few wins we need to stay up but now is the time for all to rally round and prove we are all singing from the same song sheet, yep the manager takes the can, but he is not the one that goes out on the pitch and performs is he. That said, he needs to get them in the frame of mind to perform, that he can help...
Despite all of this, and talks to the contrary more and more 'reports' are growing today that Adams is likely to lose his job today with Peter Storrie and Sacha Gaydamak holding 'crisis talks'.
At these talks today it is said that it will be decided that we are best off cutting our losses with him, something that is claimed did not happen yesterday at the end of the Fulham defeat as Storrie intervened?
'Should' he go, and some reports even claim that Adams himself has actually decided enough is enough, then it is believed that Avram Grant, who seems to have been waiting in the wings for months, would be the man we turn to with immediate effect.
Come on then guys, where do you stand on this issue? Share your views, but ideally if you could also add some reasoning behind your thoughts - for me just saying 'sack him' or 'keep him' without any thought or reasoning behind your argument is taking the easy way out...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Sunday February 1 2009
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