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The job should already be finished!

The job should already be finished!

I hate to keep going over old ground, as it only seems like we are going round in circles, fruitlessly banging our heads against a brick wall but surely it cannot just me that is infuriated when they visit the Pompey Site to be greeted by an article titled:


An article that talks about the great escape being completed against Wigan 3-years back and how history could repeat itself, but more so Paul Hart's disappointment at the weekend showing when too many were 'carried', along with further thoughts that he wants us to 'finish the job' before that visit to the JJB in the game with Sunderland a week today.

Sorry, but we could, and should have 'finished the job' weeks ago!

I know, it could be worse, but we have had it in our own hands to have made it better but our insistence on simply 'not losing' at all costs has costs us, granted, if you do not concede you do not lose, but if you do not score you cannot win either, is it not the aim in football to actually win...

Picking up a point when others behind you could, and in many cases probably even should, have been picking up 3pts soon allows the gap to close, but thankfully the fact that those in and around us are worse than we are and are unable to make the most of chances presented means we will be ok, and chances are we could very well be safe before we even play on Monday night anyway, but it should not have come down to the final couple of games.

Yep, like I say it could be worse, we could be going into these 2 games looking up at those ahead of us from a relegation place, but as it is the fact that we still have to look back, albeit with some breathing space, is criminal, even more so when you look at games we could have won had we shown more intent... At times we have looked threatening with this 4-5-1 set-up, but is this because the opponents have been poor, badly organised or had minds elsewhere...

I don't know, maybe we do need that big brush to come out this summer and sweep away as much debris as is human possible and hope that we can bring some heart and soul, under a new manager as well, back to the club - maybe losing these characteristics is what has been our biggest downfall over the past 12-18-months or so? Maybe being 'spoilt' beyond what was quite possibly an unrealistic position to sustain is making things hit home harder?

Today it has been said that an interest in James McCarthy, an interest he has now been publicly admitted by the temporary Pompey manager, does not mean he will become our next permanent manager and to be honest I am beginning to feel that Hart is not going to be entrusted with the job afterall, maybe this is just my hopes getting ahead of themselves!

He is starting to hint more and more, after going the other way a week or so back, at his preference being to actually return to the youth side of things again - and this would be such a wise call, as 'sticking to what you are best at' is a philosophy that has served so many people in all walks of life so well, stepping out of that comfort zone is often a bad thing to do...

I cannot stress enough just how important I feel continued youth development is going to be to us in the years ahead, so we cannot afford to run the risk of losing one of this countries - maybe even Europe's - finest exponents at this art, and finding, developing and nurturing young talent is a fine art.

If we are going to make a wrong appointment this summer, lets at least make this wrong appointment with someone that is not going to have the sort of knock-on consequences if/when they left at Christmas if the worst is happening, and this worst would happen should that man be Hart as we would lose our youth lifeline! I am not trying to be negative, ungrateful, a doom merchant or whatever, my thoughts are heartfelt and just what I really do see as being 'realistic' ones based on how things are currently looking on a position on the outside - but one that has gotten close enough to see a fair amount of the action over the past couple of months - looking in...

I have nothing against Hart, and do not like pointing the blame mostly at him, as that is not fair anyway is it.

I cannot imagine that for one minute he seriously wanted the job fulltime when he got it, he might have started enjoying it, but in all likeliness he will want to return to his old job, it, for me, is best for him and us if he does - I also hope that plenty of the players take a long hard look at themselves this summer, as at times, and far too many times to be honest, their actions, on and off the field have been disgraceful, that said most will probably be too busy counting the money and pondering their careers at their new clubs to even care!


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Date:Monday May 11 2009
Time: 12:25PM

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I really hope Paul Hart goes back to what he does best, getting the youth setup correct and bringing through some good youngsters into the team. With the players we have available, I really do believe that the team has really underachieved this season, despite the really destabilizing effect of loosing Rednap and then Adams, I still think we should have done better. I don't mean being in the top 10 or anything, but man for man we are better than Stoke City, yet they are now sitting pretty above us. Having gone from defensive frailty under Adams, to having the defence sorted out and organised, Paul Hart has wrung any creativity out of the team going forward. When we play an attacking formation, we look a good side. So, I guess we can expect another 75 minutes of defensive play followed by 10-15 minutes of attacking formation against Sunderland. More finger chewing, rather than going out to take Sunderland apart and make ourselves safe. I still think we will be safe, in fact if things go for us, we could be safe by the time we play Sunderland. If so, let's see an attacking display at home, we want to start creating Fortress Fratton again for next season.
Fratton del Sol
11/05/2009 12:59:00
I think Hart has enjoyed his time in the prmiership, but might prefer to move back to his old role anyway - even if the job is offered to him. We have all summer to find a manager (well, not ALL summer - we need someone to keep all our players here) - but we have plenty of time to find the right man. Safety though for us should never have been a provblem. our squad is at least as good as evertons - so why we arn't up there, I will never know.
11/05/2009 17:32:00
a season that is best forgotten, sweep the decks clean and get in players/bring through those that do want to play for the shirt and the club again... overpaid, undertrying mercenaries are not what are needed next season - and we wont get that either in the main as i suspect several already have their minds on their next move, well if saturday is anything to go by...
11/05/2009 18:35:00
I think the next few months will shape our next few years. Everything will depend whether we have a new owner. A flood of players will leave, heaven only knows what replacements will come in & by who? Prem status is almost there & I think it will be determined by what others do & not our wimp like set up! Oh to roll the clock back 12 months!!!
11/05/2009 21:07:00
If Hull lose to Bolton, we are safe! I cannot see Hull winning, so we are almost there. I look forward to this summer, and see what will happen. No one can ever predict what will happen. Surely, no one expected this season to go like this, especially after having a great season last year. But it did happen. Maybe this time, we are thinking negative and get a positive season.
Pompey Malta
11/05/2009 22:52:00
Must admit im kind of over this season! Lets just get that win and look to the future.. which hopefully involves the making of a star!
12/05/2009 04:38:00
I guess Rug's article sums up how I feel about Paul Hart as manager . . . could do better, could do worse. I'd like him to go back to his day job as academy manager, but we'll have to see what happens.
12/05/2009 19:46:00
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