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Eriksson stays with Mexico...for now!

Sven Goran Eriksson might remain the bookies favourite for the Pompey job - and Chix's favourite, with his words 'being marked' :-) - but he will not be leaving Mexico in the immediate future...well not until the end of March anyway...

Sky sports news' 'chief reporter' Bryan Swanson has apparently been told by the Mexican Football Federation that the Swede will be in charge of the country for the friendly with Bolivia - 11th March - and the world cup qualifier with Costa Rica - 28th March, at least, although they have previously said he will be there for the long haul of course.

Clearly the Mexican FF do not want to pay him off, he does not want to leave without a payoff and we do not want to meet the compensation figure we would have to if we wanted to buy him out of his contract - so it is quite literally a Mexican standoff!

Suits me fine - for the immediate future anyway, we carry on as we are then look at him again down the line, or, and maybe better still look elsewhere at the end of the season...

Yep, for me, this is not a problem, the early signs under Paul Hart and Bryan Kidd have been good, so leaving these two to see us through for the time being - as said, even until the summer - is not a bad thing. This buys us time to ensure we get the right man in place not to mention leaves time for the 'proposed' takeover to be worked on, and whoever does come in, assuming someone does, then they will want there own man so what is the rush

The pair have a lot of backing from the players, with the Herminator becoming the latest to back them, which is all good to hear. But I do think it is time the players stopped gobbing off and let the football do the talking - I hope this does not become the case, but 'if' we went on a losing run again would their tune change again? Less talk now guys and much, much more action - what you do on the pitch is what counts, and lets see this back up your comments...

Maybe Eriksson will eventually become the new Pompey manager, maybe he will not, in the meantime we have two vastly experienced men guiding us and so far guiding us well.

Should we get through to the summer and still be without a manager, and still without a new owner - as we will need some money invested - then we worry, but that is way off, even if it might not seem it as a week in football is a hell of a long time...

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Pele still some way off
When Pele was bought in on loan from Porto at the end of January former Pompey manager Tony Adams insisted that we would not see the best of him this season, we might not even see him at all!

For me, these thoughts were thoughts that I believed were shielding the youngster from expectations and he would feature sooner rather than later, especially with his then thoughts 'players will be signed that can come in and do a job almost immediately'...

However it does appear that he really is not going to be making his 1st team breakthrough, into the squad, let alone starting, anytime soon with Paul Hart saying that he is still some way off match fitness.

Pele was signed with the view to a permanent transfer, but I do not think this is a nailed on, so it seems a really strange one to have totally gone against the policy with his signing... He might be young, but the guy has played for Inter Milan - at an even younger age - so he is not exactly a novice, even if he might be to the English game, but then again the same applies to other foreign signings, even if they are vastly experienced...

Of course though, as stated above, there is still a long way to go this season but the reserve fixtures tail off, so quite how he can work up full match fitness remains to be seen - hopefully this will not be another wasted loan move, with money wasted on it, something that we have been very guilty of with a fair few loan signings over the years!

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Date:Wednesday February 18 2009

Time: 8:40AM

Your Comments

Surely Chix will not get it wrong!! Time to move on methinks IF we want a new manager this season.
eastneydave
Its not now I worry about. Its the end of the season when we need new players and money etc. But as Rug says, lets get there first!
Gandor1
Come on Storrie - forget Sven! Bilic is the way forward.....
PFCGino
completely agree gandor, i've got plenty of faith in hart and kidd till the end of the season but then we need to see some movement otherwise we'll be screwed next season.
pompeym@
theres no imediate rush for a manager - sven can wait. maybe we could apoint someone (avram?) permanant untill the end of the season, then get sven, when (hopefully) we will have a new (rich) owner. I guess we COULD wait untill march - run off the "new manager syndrome" of hart, if that runs dry, bring in avram for a bit to keep things going.
pompeycarpet
again i say tho 'why get a short-term manager in' like grant, when we already have hart and kidd - leave them to get on with it, why bring in someone like grant, who clearly is not wanted by the players - and they hold all the cards these days...
pompeyrug
... becuase Hart will be wanting to return to youth football...
pompeycarpet
Great news on Sven, hopefully he will never be free to turn up!
The Pele story is strange as why did we not sign other players on loan like Saviola if Pele was a loan until the end of the season and not to be used?
sneakay
carpet, have you seen the latest news article - he is saying how much he is enjoying it, and planning as far ahead as chelski early in march, so he looks like he is doing this for a while longer...
pompeyrug
Certainly looks positive for Hart and Kidd, we shouldn't replace them for the sake of it. I'm more concerned at the moment about staying up this season, we can bring in a big name manager in the summer if we need to, who can then bring in the signings. There might be more managers to choose from then, and perhaps Sven will be more available.
tracyc
I think that Stoke this weekend will decide what we do with Hart and Kidd. No matter what both should obviously be kept in the club at their respective original roles, but lose this weekend and we may need to start the search. I hate to say it but our game against Stoke is one of the biggest of our season.
pompeywa
It most certainly is, Pompeywa, lets hope there's more of the same from last week. Hart's role with the youth academy is very important to the club, and one I believe he excels at, but possibly can be delegated for a while. Brian Kidd is new to Pompey, but looks like a great asset to the club. Who knows, if Adams had had him for his assistant . . . . ?
tracyc
I may be talking out of the back of my head, but this new managers job has surely got to be related to a prospective new owner. If there is a prospective candidate for owner waiting in the wings, surely he'll be waiting to see if we're going to keep our Prem status. It's early days yet but i don't think we are gonna hear or see any new management coming in until it's clear we're safe. Unless of coarse the club is sold for a song...
cornypomp
As for young Pele, Harty has doubts about his fitness so no go at the moment. Trouble is, how's he going to get fit. I think if we can get ourselves some breathing space in the table and out of immediate danger it would be good to ease him in from the bench maybe. I would certainly like to see him..
cornypomp
chaps - would you really want Sven!
merlin
Personally Merlin...No, but plenty do! Mercenary springs to mind!
pentonpompey
Totally agree with Sneaks, we didn't go for Saviola because of his match fitness, so why we went for Pele knowing he may not get fit is beyond me.
jbaker
I don't believe he will join us, we simply cannot afford him.
pompeygray
 

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