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Hart on Pompey win

Pompey caretaker manager Paul Hart got his tenure - for however long it might last - off to a perfect start, with the aid of course of Brian Kidd, with a win over Citeh at the weekend. These are his thoughts, along with some of my own, on this...

Hart on the response from the players
'We are delighted for the club and obviously the players. In a very short space of time this week they have worked unbelievably hard.

'We were very disciplined today and we set out to get a clean sheet and we got it. I think it showed the desire out there today that they were determined to get it.

'There is quality in the side and on the back of results confidence grows and I think we'll see a lot more from this team if we maintain this sort of attitude to the game.'

It was fantastic to see us win again, and the impact that this vastly experienced duo added was invaluable - I am disappointed that these same players could not, or would not, always give the same to the previous manager. They are paid ludicrously high amounts of money to do what they do, surely they should do this for whatever manager is in charge?

That said, I am delighted with the response we got and hope this was not just a 'one off', and we build on this...

Hart on Glen Johnson
'He's a fantastic player.

'Sometimes I think you only realise how good people are when you get close to them and you work with them and he is absolutely fantastic.'

The improvement that Glen Johnson has made during his time with Pompey has been plain to see - his maturity as a player has also helped this development, and I for one am not 'expecting' him to leave in the summer, well unless the unthinkable happens that is!

For me he drifted in and out of the game in the 1st half, but then again who did not! But he is one of those players you look to to make something happen - and he made it happen and was certainly in my top 3 performers on the day.

Johnson skinned Wayne Bridge - something that the Fratton faithful loved - time and time again, and all to often far to easily for me when up against a player who is 'apparently' England's second choice left back!

Hart on his future
'There's a chance I suppose - asked if he would be in charge against Stoke.

'What happens in the future is out of my hands. It was great today the response of the players was fantastic, but I'm planning for next week and we'll see what we've got.'

The longer things go on without Pompey appointing a manager, and doing this anytime soon is not looking likely is it, the more likely it is that Hart - who for me is key to our youth development so we do need him in that role - and Kidd will be in place against Stoke.

To be honest I would not be opposed to this, but would only want this on a short-term basis until the end of the season - as lets be honest track records have proven that both are not really long-term management material are they, although maybe as a duo they are?

They can, and will, do a job until the season is done though if needed I am sure. Time will tell if that is needed, as said though the longer it goes without a new manager appointed the more likely it is these two will see us through this season...

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Date:Monday February 16 2009

Time: 4:20PM

Your Comments

If the dynamic duo have the confidence and respect of the players, then I see no need to rush in to an alternative appointment. Especially at this crucial stage of the season
UKTony
I couldn't agree more UKTony.. the confidence and respect aspect is the main requirement that any new management needs. If we can do well against Stoke and the management situation still hasn't been sorted, it might be as well to stick with Harty and Kiddo...
cornypomp
in the short term, the players will put up with anything they dislike about harts techniques, as they will be expecting an iminant appointment. He (and Kidd) won't make a good long term manager - but they will hold the team together whilst we wait for the right man to come in. Hopefully, whoever does come in (sven please :-) ) can then lead us towards the top of the table. honestly... even 7th is still in sight!
pompeycarpet
Possitive thinking Carpet 7th is possible only 7 points in it with 13 games left but with 8 teams on 27 points or more will take a great run lets hope we get as close as possible, if Man U beat spuds (carling cup) it could be a european spot too.
pompeyyong
European spot!!!! Sorry to the voice of reason here. 1 win, great as it was but 1 win. we go & press the self destruct button Saturday & Stoke go above us. yes, let's take the positives & build on but c'mon lads let's not get carried away.
storagematt
i have to agree with ya matt and tbh even IF we did manage to get into europe again would it really be the best thing for the club next season, i mean i'd rather get the issues with ownership and the squad sorted out 1st. but that said hopefully we can sort those things out sooner rather than later
pompeym@
Nice to have some positive comments after a game.. I'd rather be debating a european place than championship football but think at this stage I'll error on the side of caution and agree with Matt & M@ .. As for Hart and Kidd.. they do seem to have started to bond the team together and as we all know the players themselves ARE good enough to get us out of this mess but if they need 'the glue' of Hart & Kidd then that good enough for me.. As for H&K until the end of the season . why not if the results continue but they will have to move over at some point as SVEN IS COMING
Chix
oh, I wouldn't want to play in europe again just yet (not unless we have sven as our manager, have been taken over, and spend around 60 million in the summer...). However, why NOT be optimistic, and look at 7th or 8th? it makes a nice change from looking at 17th or 18th.
pompeycarpet
I saw a lot of positives about the Hart/Kidd team - not just the fact that we finally got a win (phew) - which should also give the team more confidence, but his comments about having a clear game plan that the players stuck to. The fact that we finally scored from a corner - because he'd worked on it in the ONE DAY he had the whole squad for training. Also the team + manager all turned up together, I like that, Manyoo do that, its good, it promotes team spirit. That's not to get carried away after one win and say that Hart/Kidd should definitely get the job, but its a good sign, and if they can carry on like that, then why not. I've certainly stopped panicking about an immediate new manager.
tracyc
Totally agree Tracy, can't say much else for a change!
pentonpompey
Matt, not saying we will be in Europe, just saying its possible nothing to do with one win, in fact I agree with m@ I also don't think it would be best for the club, "Hart & Kidd till the end of the season" Chix agree with that, as we would have more options at the end of the season, & yes Chix Sven may have been sacked by then too.
pompeyyong
 

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