Date:Monday May 11 2009
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:
'IT'S TIME TO FINISH THE JOB'
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!
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Monday May 11 2009
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