Talking Paul Hart with Vital Forest
What is the point in having a network like Vital Football if you are not going to make full use of it eh?
Well, Vital Pompey has previously brought you the 'knowing me knowing you series' - which is still running, so if you want to do one just email - and last summers 'talking Pompey with', something that will return with a similar theme, but now we have a little something different...
It is easy for us to judge Paul Hart, but purely on what we see now, but I thought maybe canvassing the opinion of him from those who 'should' know best as they would have seen him first hand was the way to go.
So I asked guinless, from Vital Forest, for some input and this is what I got back:
'You wont find many Forest fans with a bad word to say about PH. It's generally considered that he was shafted by the board at the time, in terms of having his best players sold. He guided us to the Playoff semis and then struggled the following year, by not having money to strengthen.
'He did play attractive attacking football, but whether he will be tactically astute enough for the Prem is a gamble. He has been responsible for bringing through our Academy the likes of Dawson, Jenas, Reid, Harewood and two of our current squad in Morgan and Perch. At Leeds he helped the careers of Smith, Kewell and Woodgate, so he has an eye for talent.
'Will he guide Pompey to success? I'd say he's worth that gamble, but maybe with a helping hand beside him.
'Not sure if that helps at all. Good luck!'
Thanks to guinless for this.
The fact that most of the kids that have come through under him have been attack minded has left me perplexed as to why we cannot seem to play any sort of attack minded football, then again maybe he is just playing it 'ultra safe' to ensure safety and 'maybe' with his own players he could do this here too next season?
Maybe this was a bad idea, as this again puts a few doubts in my mind and raises my hopes that we 'might' actually be onto a winner if we took the gamble... but is it a gamble worth taking, taking into account what we would lose from the academy side of things if it went belly up?
That said, with the right help, which he could well already have, who knows although it does perhaps seem like it 'could' end up being a case of history repeating itself for him this summer though, what with players likely to be going but his hands tied as to who came in!
PLAY UP POMPEY!