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Nugent and Adams on his departure

Nugent and Adams on his departure

Tony Adams has spoken of his surprise to be sacked as Pompey boss only 16 league games, and 22 games in total into his 2-and-a-half-year contract.

Maybe 'surprise' is the wrong choice of words as in all honesty I have been wondering when this moment would come for some time, maybe surprise that it came today after the weekends showing - but enough of what I think as I have said enough already, lets just view what Adams said: 'I am a little bit surprised, but results haven't been good.

'I haven't had a lot of time and I certainly haven't had the financial backing. We've had a few injuries as well and that's tough to take.

'It's not turned me off management that's for sure.

'I've just got to make sure I get all the parameters right before I walk into the next one.

'I can't wait to get back in and have another bash. But I won't be impulsive, I've got to learn from that and make sure I get things right.'

As said previously I wish him the best of luck - and also find it hard to disagree with much of what he said. I think I have said pretty much all I need/want to on his departure though to be honest...

One player that Adams has revitalised during his tenure is Dave Nugent.

He took a player that had seen his confidence shattered by Sandra's husband, and gave him a chance and he has come good for us, or is coming good. What it is? 3 goals in 4 games, 3 in the last 3 league outings! Nugent, talking to sky sports news, has said that he was also shocked that he was sacked: 'it was a bit of a shock getting up this morning and seeing the news.

'He's been in today wishing us all the best of luck for the rest of the season. Whoever comes in now has got a bit of a job on their hands. We'll see who comes in next.

'He called me aside saying 'You've done well in the past few games, keep it going and hopefully I'll work with you again in the future'. That was about it really.

I' was (surprised at Adams' exit). He's given me a chance to play. I was happy for him to stay. I would have thought he would have been given a few more games, but it's the chairman's decision.'

The inform striker was asked about relegation, and rightly agreed that we are in a relegation battle: 'yeah, definitely, there are a few teams in there.

'There are about 11 teams that could go down at the moment. We've got to get a bit of stability at the club, win a few games and get out of there. '

I just hope that whoever does come in, and who that will be at this point in time is looking difficult to know, will carry on giving Nugent the chance to shine - it is pretty obvious that he is up for the challenge, and for me is one of several that are going to be the key to our survival...


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Date:Monday February 9 2009
Time: 6:38PM


Rug, whilst I have been a critic of TA over the last few weeks I'm afraid to say that Storrie and Gaydamak are to blame and should bear the brunt of fans frustrations. The club is in trouble throughout and this will not change until Gaydamak has sold up and Storrie has moved on....I fear by then we will a championship side.
09/02/2009 18:58:00
The chairman has made the correct decision, he needs some experience and someone who the players will respect, if not fear to let down. Distin and Campbell need to take a long hard look at themselves, as does Belhadj, Kranjcar and Utaka. Nugent has the spirit to give it a go, but he has something to prove, Harry let him down badly because of his love of Defoe.
09/02/2009 19:07:00
TA also praised the Pompey fans as 'magnificent' on his way out. I am very sad - even though I think it had to happen, and is for the best. I've liked Nugent ever since his first game at a Havant&Ville friendly, and I'm chuffed to bits that he's started scoring. I also like the way he stuck at Pompey even though the man from Sandbanks tried to offload him. I don't see how any new manager wouldn't keep faith with the lad now that he's scoring goals. Perhaps if he keeps this up he can nick Defoe's England place.
09/02/2009 19:59:00
I think the only thing that is odd is the timing, but the decision has been made and we move on - It is said Adams was good for Nugent but let's face it I think Nugent was so desperate to prove himself all he needed was a run in the team.. how much more Adams added to his motivation than giving him that run is debateable.. Let's just hope Nuge continues to score for us and I agree that he could well supply the goals to keep us up.
09/02/2009 20:01:00
Nuge is the only real success story of TA's tenure, maybe he can become his legacy by firing the goals to keep us up
09/02/2009 20:03:00
I've got a bit of hear-say folks from within the club and it's that the players were not impressed with Adams and he "lost the dressing room" after the Blackburn game. Wasn't sure how this was possible? Then my dad reminded me that when he spoke to Sean Davis (MoM against Blackburn) in the partners lounge, he revealed how they'd just had the bollocking of their lives and they weren't sure why. I guess we'll see if it's the truth and the board have made the right decision if the new guy turns around the results straight away. Whatever happens we have to support the club.
09/02/2009 20:46:00
I never thought he had the players support. TA was awful on tv & ******** really handle an interview. Fed up with sentiment. We are in a bit of a hole & we need to get out of it. Win 5/6 games & we should be ok, I hope.
09/02/2009 22:09:00
Sad, really, that unlike Big Phil at the Bridge there was never any serious anti-TA feeling at Fratton yet he still had to go. At least he's not had to hear the sound of the blue masses baying for his blood.
09/02/2009 22:39:00
5 or 6 wins would take us well clear of relegation this season I think. That would put us up to over 40 most likely and I think that this season will be a very low point total to get relegated. I think Boro and Brum are not going to recover, but it is up to us to show we are better than Stoke (who I would feel sorry for, but hey its football). It will be interesting to see who comes in.
09/02/2009 23:48:00
Glad to see Nugget getting a run and sticking with us when he could have been loaned out. I have always said on this site that he should be given the opportunity. Heard an interesting bit on the Quay last week from a gut who was talking with Nugget's Dad in a pub and apparently he said that when he refused to go on loan to Ipswich, old twitchy said that he would never play in his team again. Sounds plausible I guess, as he never figured in the team, but that could also have been due to injury, or his love for the dwarf.
10/02/2009 08:20:00
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