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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!

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Writer: pompeyrug/guinless Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 11 2009

Time: 1:46PM

Your Comments

I do remember Paul Hart when he managed Forest. The season we won Div 1 under Jamie's dad, Forest were top 6. He did produce many a good player & no doubt in time could again, but is it for us. Being 'shafted by the board', 'selling his best players' & 'no money to buy' has a familiar ring to it!!!
storagematt
Matts right. I saw an article recently which said that Hart and Kidd wanted 10mil to buy new players with if they were to consider managing Portsmouth. Its nice to hear what Forest have to say about Hart cos to be honest, I don't think we are going to get anyone else. Who would come here? We're skint!
Gandor1
Consider Harts dilema for a moment:
The Club offer Hart One million pounds to keep the club up which he feels requires a sound defence above all;
The Fans want the team to play decent, attacking football and occasionally, to hell with it if we win or lose.
When you look at it like that it's no contest, really, is it?
sad_sack_pain_in_the
do we know that he was offered 1m to keep us up tho? if we were offering that sort of incentive wouldnt we have been better off looking elsewhere - then again we would have then had the 'concern' of them wanting to stay longer, on good money...
seems like history repeating itself for hart doesnt it, with what happened at forest, so he is best off saying thanks but no thanks surely!
pompeyrug
I really don't know which way to go with this. If we can find a top class manager who's willing to come here than we should go for it, otherwise maybe we should stick with him. Possibly he's only trying to stay up as per Joe Royle with his 'Dogs of War', and then build an attacking team for next season. Even so it doesn't explain his attitude to Gekas and Basinas. Oh, I'm all of a quandry!!
Lemmi
It is possible he would be more attacking next season if he is still in charge, after all he has been charged with 'keep us up at all costs' and that's what he's doing. I really don't know! On the other hand he could turn out to be another Perrin - he kept us up too. Would he turn the job down, if offered it? My imagination says he probably wouldn't be able to resist it.
tracyc
 

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