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Hart appointment 'looking quite favourable'

Well it will come as little, or no, surprise to most of us - even if we might not want it - but according to a report on setanta sports Peter Storrie seems to be paving the way for Paul Hart to be appointed as our manager on a long-term basis: 'the players have acknowledged how much they enjoy the coaching and the way the pair are taking the club forward.

'They are experienced pros and have been in the game a long time so they are in the driving seat at the moment.

'We'll have a look at the end of the season but it's certainly looking quite favourable.'

I take it that 'looking quite favourable' translates into 'the cheap option' if we are being honest...

Maintaining our top-flight status was/is paramount, and with this now looking very much as if it will happen it is almost time to start thinking about the summer, as we will need a manager to help make decisions about those that will stay and those that will go, along with those that come in - although to be honest I am not really expecting a great deal of movement in, although I do feel there will be a hell of a lot of movement out, both those being released and some being sold...

Whilst I can see why Hart could be viewed as the man to carry on next season, I really fear for his and our futures if he does!

We have a major rebuilding job ahead of us this summer, and whilst I already say I am not expecting a lot of movement in player wise, we clearly need to bring in a couple - but for this we need a manager that would be capable of attracting some players, and bargain players at that, and I am not convinced - despite his years in the game - that Hart has the ability to do this, although with Brian Kidd's contacts and knowledge he 'should' be able to point us in the right direction?

I say I fear for Hart and our futures, but why?

Well, this is not so much because I feel we will be dead certs to go down under him next season, as, although I again think it will be a long old slog, I think we 'should' have enough to stay up again, but my fear for him is that he will end up being forced out like Tony Adams was. Then if that happens, and as said countless times before, we then lose the greatest chance we have had in donkies years of keeping a possible 'constant stream' of our own talent coming through - think of it this way 'when' as opposed to 'if', for me, he ceased to be our manager is it really that likely he will be able to return to the academy set-up?

I would say no, as parting on good terms would be difficult not to mention then having to see the players day in day out, which would be tough.

There are managers out there, and managers that could do a job without needing a huge budget to work with, so I really do think that we need to look towards one of them. Appointing Hart beyond the end of this could become prove one of the worst decisions we have made in a long time...on the other hand maybe not?

All in all though I think you just have to ask yourself this 'why has a man of his age not spent more time as a 1st team manager in his own right?'

This seems to answer itself really, and seems to add weight as to why I think it is a bad idea...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 21 2009

Time: 3:05PM

Your Comments

Don't want Hart as manager..think he's better behind the scenes, ie in youth development. Hasn't got the charisma to be a Premiership manager. I'd go for Steve Coppell as our next boss. He's almost certainly going to leave Reading, and his experience would be vital. He wouldn't command ridiculous wages and he gets the best out of players. A realistic prospect i feel..
jonathanl50
Don't want Hart as manager..think he's better behind the scenes, ie in youth development. Hasn't got the charisma to be a Premiership manager. I'd go for Steve Coppell as our next boss. He's almost certainly going to leave Reading, and his experience would be vital. He wouldn't command ridiculous wages and he gets the best out of players. A realistic prospect i feel..
jonathanl50
nice introduction to vital pompey jonathanl50, ive not seen you before, totally agree...
i didnt realise that coppell could be leaving reading? not exactly mr charisma himself is he but i wouldnt be disappointed to see a good, honest, proven, not 'massive budget driven' manager come in - and i feel he fits the bill.
pompeyrug
nice introduction to vital pompey jonathanl50, ive not seen you before, totally agree...
i didnt realise that coppell could be leaving reading? not exactly mr charisma himself is he but i wouldnt be disappointed to see a good, honest, proven, not 'massive budget driven' manager come in - and i feel he fits the bill.
pompeyrug
Top managers have networks that attracts top players, not sure Hart fits the bill. We are a club going backwards fast & any hope of survival for the future depends on a new owner. The club will sell in the summer & whoever is left will have to do one hell of a job to keep us up! Hart is a nice guy but he's not the right guy for us.
storagematt
Top managers have networks that attracts top players, not sure Hart fits the bill. We are a club going backwards fast & any hope of survival for the future depends on a new owner. The club will sell in the summer & whoever is left will have to do one hell of a job to keep us up! Hart is a nice guy but he's not the right guy for us.
storagematt
hes been decent, but hasnt got the complete package we need. with players undoubtbly going to leave in he summer, we need a manager who can attrack faces and bring in new talent. I dont htink Hart has that quality about him.
Gleams
hes been decent, but hasnt got the complete package we need. with players undoubtbly going to leave in he summer, we need a manager who can attrack faces and bring in new talent. I dont htink Hart has that quality about him.
Gleams
Unless there is a major seismic shift at Pompey, i'd say his permanent appointment is nailed on.
pentonpompey
Unless there is a major seismic shift at Pompey, i'd say his permanent appointment is nailed on.
pentonpompey
A good Hart is hard to find.
Squee
A good Hart is hard to find.
Squee
Bad move.
hammersmithblue
Bad move.
hammersmithblue
I would like to know which fans Storrie has spoken to who say they would be happy with Hart being given the full time job, as that's what he seems to imply. If he keeps us up he will have done a great job, but please let him return to the youth setup to finish the job he started.
sneakay
I would like to know which fans Storrie has spoken to who say they would be happy with Hart being given the full time job, as that's what he seems to imply. If he keeps us up he will have done a great job, but please let him return to the youth setup to finish the job he started.
sneakay
Rather Hart than Curbishley so be careful what you wish for.
NinjaTim
Rather Hart than Curbishley so be careful what you wish for.
NinjaTim
Cutting our nose off to spite our face... Paul Hart is excellent at finding youngsters and bringing them on ... in fact I'd go as far as to say he has the reputation as being one of the top 3 in the country .. Why even consider him for the managers job .. it'll mean our Academy will fall to pieces I just don't get it .. oh of course ..he's cheap .. For ***** sake Pompey wake up! cheap might mean we don't spend money but it doesn't always pay to take the cheap option .. Harts appointment would be one of the most shortsighted decisions the club has ever made .. when he fails (and he will) not only are we left looking for a manager we are left looking for somebody with his experience to run the Academy .. Talk about playing people out of position this one takes this biscuit .. or maybe it's a ...I know! let's get two jobs off the wage bill at the same time..
Chix
Cutting our nose off to spite our face... Paul Hart is excellent at finding youngsters and bringing them on ... in fact I'd go as far as to say he has the reputation as being one of the top 3 in the country .. Why even consider him for the managers job .. it'll mean our Academy will fall to pieces I just don't get it .. oh of course ..he's cheap .. For ***** sake Pompey wake up! cheap might mean we don't spend money but it doesn't always pay to take the cheap option .. Harts appointment would be one of the most shortsighted decisions the club has ever made .. when he fails (and he will) not only are we left looking for a manager we are left looking for somebody with his experience to run the Academy .. Talk about playing people out of position this one takes this biscuit .. or maybe it's a ...I know! let's get two jobs off the wage bill at the same time..
Chix
It smacks of the same reasons that Tony Adams was given the role. i.e. cheap and does not rock the boat. We saw the results of that path. On the plus side, he is genuinely passionate about the club but, so was Jimmy Dickinson and he only did it because nobody else wanted to and we could not pay their salary. Does that apply now? Coppell not a bad suggestion by the way!
dedmans
It smacks of the same reasons that Tony Adams was given the role. i.e. cheap and does not rock the boat. We saw the results of that path. On the plus side, he is genuinely passionate about the club but, so was Jimmy Dickinson and he only did it because nobody else wanted to and we could not pay their salary. Does that apply now? Coppell not a bad suggestion by the way!
dedmans
chix... there is nothing I can add to that! perfect summary of why Hart shouldn't be our manager!
pompeycarpet
chix... there is nothing I can add to that! perfect summary of why Hart shouldn't be our manager!
pompeycarpet
oh, and jonathanl50 - I didn't realise copell would be leaving Reading... but if he is, he would be a brilliant man for the job.
pompeycarpet
oh, and jonathanl50 - I didn't realise copell would be leaving Reading... but if he is, he would be a brilliant man for the job.
pompeycarpet
looking at a league table of the last 8 games we are in 8th with 3 wins, one loss, and 4 draws. That's pretty impressive. He seems to be getting the best out of the defence again. He seems to have the motivational skills with the players. I dunno...we've still got 5 matches to go
Pompeyscum
looking at a league table of the last 8 games we are in 8th with 3 wins, one loss, and 4 draws. That's pretty impressive. He seems to be getting the best out of the defence again. He seems to have the motivational skills with the players. I dunno...we've still got 5 matches to go
Pompeyscum
No one has mentioned Brian Kidd. Afterall we already have him. I think Hart is doing a good job, but permanent Manager - no.
pompeygray
No one has mentioned Brian Kidd. Afterall we already have him. I think Hart is doing a good job, but permanent Manager - no.
pompeygray
I dont really want Hart and Kidd fulltime. They have done a great job in remotivating the players after sad sacks reign thankfully ended, but i would prefer a new manager at the start of the season
nodster
I dont really want Hart and Kidd fulltime. They have done a great job in remotivating the players after sad sacks reign thankfully ended, but i would prefer a new manager at the start of the season
nodster
 

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