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The King is Dead. Long live The King

The King is Dead. Long live The King

Well, like it or not the news seems to suggest that Tony Adams has been sacked as manager of Pompey. We are still awaiting official confirmation of the fact but to be honest so many news streams are reporting it, it surely has to be true.

So putting aside your thoughts on whether he should have gone or not who do you see has his successor?

Some names are already being banded around - Let's examine a few

Avram Grant
Entitled 'The man from the BBC' when he was last at the club as all he offered was a method on how to collect the Balls, Bibs and Cones after a training session. A short stop Chelsea manager since then but given the Israeli connections surely must be a favourite.

Roy Keane
Walked out on Sunderland earlier in the season, could this be the challenge he needs to re-establish himself as a Premiership manager ?

Paul Ince
Like Keane, still desperate to prove himself as a top flight manager - Would we give him a second chance ?

Alan Curbishley
Curbs left Charlton for West Ham and his career took a nose dive. He needs to get back into the game PDQ and a Pompey team needing stability is a great vehicle for him, surely!

Kevin Keegan
He did it with Newcastle (first time around) and Fulham and let's be honest he'd inspire a woodworm to bore through metal. Will our squad respond to his 'I'd fucking love it if we beat them' battle cries?

Steve Coppell
Would boring Steve leave boring Reading for a place in the Premiership? Given Reading's position right now I very much doubt it

Jamie's Dad/Sandra's Husband/ Louise's Father-in-law. Frank's Uncle
Nah.. he wouldn`t would he ?

Adie Boothroyd
Two years ago he was the best manager outside the Premiership. Now he is a sacked Watford manager. Could Boothroyd make a return ?

Slaven Bilic
The Croatian coach has made no secret of his desire to manage in England - Could he see Pompey as a stepping stone to greater things?

Chixy`s Tip

Sven-Göran Eriksson
I jest not. It has not gone well in Mexico for Sven and I, having stayed n the country for a while can tell you, it is not the place to be if you are not liked. He is a big name and big names attract investors - If Sadha is selling soon Sven is a name that potential buyers will recognise.

Well there you have it, my quick five minute run down on who the next King may be - I`m sure to have forgotten somebody obvious but such is life.

Who do you think will come to Pompey ?

Who do you want to come to Pompey ?

Your guess is as good as mine, but I reckon with Adams will go Metgod, leaving only Paul Hart or David Coles to take charge. Should we go for the internal cheap option again?

Nah.. I`ll bet a tenner than the new Pompey bosses first game will be against a former club.

Step forward. Ummm.. well ..err.. umm. I think.. err.. umm.. Well.. errr. Manchester City .. err… well a Pompey win… was err … well a …good errr result, err I think.. Has anybody seen Nancy ?

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Date:Monday February 9 2009
Time: 12:44AM


I'd take Sven over most managers. As long as he's on low wages. He will bring interest as Chix says, and also we might get Sturridge, Johnson and Hart from Man City, they were all "Given" goes by Sven and can't get into the team atm. And Sven bought Benji before, so why not second time round?
09/02/2009 01:30:00
why would the club get rid of him now. unless the new manager had a hand in the new players that were brought in no surely not would mister jackanory do such a thing
09/02/2009 01:36:00
To be honest none of them really excite me long term.. But the interest in the club recently and the timing of TA's departure do make me think that a deal has been done and a new man is required at the helm or a deal is in the offing and we must be seen to do as much as possible to survive .. interestingly given what I've said above it almost makes me think that he would have gone even if we had won yesterday ..
09/02/2009 01:38:00
Hi ya Robert good to hear from you (just as I'm going top bed as normal;). Do you really think that somebody else had a view on who we should/did sign .. and that it wasn't wholely down to Tony Adams?
09/02/2009 01:48:00
re; a deal has been done. Agreed, that must be true. It would be utter madness to sack the manager at this time unless someone was already lined up. I would assume we'll hear who the new manager is later today. re: new signings. My gut says the same as Robert. Why let Adams pick new players if they knew he was leaving. And the timing of Adams leaving suggests to me that they have known for a couple of weeks.
09/02/2009 01:58:00
Mexico has two crucial World Cup qualifiers with the USA over the next month or so. Whoever wins moves on to the Finals in South Africa in 2010. Just to let you know, there's no way in hell Mexico will change coaches anytime before those games have concluded. You will need a new manager before then. So if you still can I would change Tip! :)
09/02/2009 02:14:00
I'm aware of the Sven/Mexico situation. Sven has not settled out there and has publicly stated that he has had difficulty understanding their footballing culture. His selection of naturalised Mexicans originally born and raised in places like Argentina and Brazil has been widely criticised. The WC qualifier against the US on Wednesday is a very important game as you say and I (personally) can't see him being sacked before then, but the rumor boucing around across the pond is that regardless of result he will be replaced by Javier Aguirre, a Mexican and ****il recently) the manager of Atletico Madrid. Futhermore, I think the timing of Adams sacking allows Sven to come in - We all thought, until this happened that TA had until the end of Feb - For me this sacking coming when it has, says that they have 'got rid' now in case he manages to get results against Man City and Stoke and therefore becomes harder to sack. I'm aware this is a long shot but I'm sticking with my tip.

(My thanks to PompeyHouston in helping with the research on this one)
09/02/2009 06:30:00
Does seem odd doesn't it, but I'm not sure .. Adams is a honourable man and I don't see him sticking around if he was not 'allowed' to select his own players.. My view is that somebody has or is due to become available and Pompey have moved now before other clubs (Boro, Spurs, Bolton etc.) snap up their target. Otherwise why sack Adams after Liverpool ? - They surely didn't expect him to win it did they ?
09/02/2009 06:35:00
i still think he should have had 2 more games to run it around, but ,,,,, i wouldnt mind sven, i would prefer him over curbs
09/02/2009 07:11:00
as said in the forum sven wouldnt be a bad bet and would of course draw players/keep others i reckon - my gut instinct is that it is grant, looking at the players we signed as well and the areas they came from and other connections these could have to grant and 'potential' buyers all seem to point towards avram grant being the name...
sven over grant for me, but i reckon grant is near enough nailed on.
09/02/2009 07:16:00
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