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An open letter to Portsmouth Football Club

An open letter to Portsmouth Football Club

Dear Sacha and Storrie

Whilst I, and most other Pompey fans can understand that we have to do all we can to keep costs to a minimum the idea of appointing Paul Hart as our next permanent manager, whilst of course being a cost cutting measure - as he will know the score and will not be going into the job expecting riches to transform the player staff - it is also an appointment that could have major negative consequences down the line...

I think that it is pretty clear that unless we are taken over this summer that further departures are likely during the summer and January 2010 transfer windows - and basically the club have implied such with the own thoughts on the belief that we can 'break even' by the time we have Fratton 'redeveloped'. This has been implied as further departures would follow the trend of cost cutting measures, how else, from a 'company' that is losing money each season, can we reduce debts other than cutting the wage bill, which of course means departures. Most of us accept this is going to happen, and would of course rather this than us keeping on spending what we do not have, which had it not been for banks calling an end to their lending maybe we would have under Jamie's Dad - that would have of course left us in an even more dire situation than we are in, which to be fair is a situation we have been rectifying, but this needs the said player departures.

In a day and age where 'money is king', if nothing else we need to be producing talent that can not only sustain our premier league existence but can then also act as a means of generating cash... We do not want Pompey to be a 'selling club', but lets face it we, like the vast majority of other clubs in the country, well European, even World football, we are always going to struggle to hold onto top, top players when the 'bigger boys' come calling so if this talent being sold is our own produce, which bar the costs of running the development programs costs nothing, we could be making a mint to at least keep this 'conveyor belt' running all being well...

Our best chance of this happening is by having Paul Hart oversee this project; youth development is his area of expertise, so why deprive him, and the club, of this excellent track record? It is all very well giving him the job, but when it inevitably goes belly up, and I feel I would not be alone in thinking we would have another 'Tony Adams situation' on our hands, we would lose that as how could he return to his previous job?

With all due respect to Hart, who of course performed the job that was asked of him in keeping us up, if he really was a manager would a guy of his age not have held more managerial jobs - certainly for longer than he has?

From a selfish point of view too I guess, the thought of going through a season where we look for '38pts' would be hard going and the value for money factor would be lacking - I, and many others, accepted a win, well more to the point avoiding defeat had to come at all costs however it comes but the thought of shelling out hundreds, well thousands in ticket and travelling costs next season without any real 'excitement' leaves me concerned...

It is very easy to play 'chairman' from the supporters position, and sometimes the supporter does not know as well as he might think he does but can so many of us be wrong in thinking that appointing Hart as manager next season is a bad thing?

Nothing against the guy, we all like him but we like and value what we believe he can do for the club in another area more and fear the thought of losing him before the 09/10 season is out - as I, and again others, seriously feel this could prove the case.

Of course, as always, whatever is decided we will back it but the thought of making a decision that could set Pompey back years after making such giant strides - with the youth development - to keep up with the modern game worries me.

Yours faithfully, a loyal, dedicated and committed - or should that be 'should be committed' - true blue.


P.S. If the deals we are working on to sell the club go through so many of these problems will go away - and this will be down to hard work from you Peter, but especially the sacrifices that Sacha will make to ensure that we can change ownership hands and plenty of positives can, and will, come from your time as owner of Pompey.

I, like others, am not expecting a 'multi-trillionaire' to come in and back us to the top, but someone that can consolidate our position - helping us keep our 'top players' and then taking it from there - and of course finish off the redevelopment of Fratton and the training ground, both things we desperately need to become a 'profit making' business, would be fantastic!


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Date:Tuesday May 26 2009
Time: 12:30PM


I fully support this letter, good job Rug.
Fratton del Sol
26/05/2009 13:17:00
if someone, anyone, connected to portsmouth football actually read this it 'might' - altho i doubt it - actually make them think, and realise how out of touch with the fans this club has become if they seriosuly think that appointing hart is what we they do, which we do not on the whole!
i would forward this on, but it would be a complete waste of time...
of course, like i say, i will back him but its the wrong call to make - deja vu for the club and surely deja vu for hart like his time at forest, best players sold but not replaced... why would he do this to himself - please politely decline the job if offered...
26/05/2009 13:23:00
Way off the mark. Who do you suggest we appoint with no money? Or should we wait 5 weeks to see if we might get a buyer and miss out on all of our transfer targets and players out of contract? Hart has done a fantastic job with the academy and this needs to continue if he is made manager, but who is best placed to start actually putting the youngsters in the first team squad if he is made manager and continuing this development? I don't think this 'open letter' is at all representative of Pompey supporters as a whole, more of you and your cronies and anyone that is questioning their commitment to the club because someone who kept us in the league is made manager needs to take a look at themselves as a fan. We all want to see attractive football, of course we do, but we are Pompey and we have to accept our fair share of 'battling performances' in order to survive each season. What sort of help is this article to anyone?
26/05/2009 14:04:00
Rug - great letter and I would wholeheartedly back this up. You should have mentioned Bilic in there somewhere though lol. Seriously though, Hart is a poor manager in my opinion, and is much better at harnessing young talent, a job that he has done very very well at over the years.
26/05/2009 14:07:00
I'm not sure that they do think that the fans want Hart. I also doubt that 'what the fans want' is close to the top of their list of must haves for the next manager. I'm pinning my hopes on Hart deciding he doesn't want/need the hassle, losing at Wigan might just help, if we had won he may have overlooked the negatives. At least it seems we'll know this week concerning Hart, we don't want this dragging on.
26/05/2009 14:11:00
Who do we get as manager then? Seeing as we have no money?
26/05/2009 14:22:00
A very good question PompeyPirate !!
26/05/2009 15:08:00
Good stuff Rug. When you look at what Sbragia did at Sunderland, we hope Hart will resign with honour. Times will be very tough for us & we need a big guy running the team. We will be without real quality if many go as expected. The new owner can't come quick enough.
26/05/2009 15:08:00
if you can go around fratton park - or a ground that pompey have visited this season for that matter - and round up at least 25% of these people that honestly think hart would make a good appointment i would be amazed PompeyPirate...
that said, as i have said, 'when' we appoint hart i will back him, i want him to be successful, but he wont be and then we lose something that is more important to us, someone that can bring through youth on a regular basis - lose hart and we lose the greatest chance we have had in years at bringing through a large number of players, and that is our best bet for the future, producing our own.
26/05/2009 15:26:00
also, you say: 'I don't think this 'open letter' is at all representative of Pompey supporters as a whole, more of you and your cronies and anyone that is questioning their commitment to the club because someone who kept us in the league is made manager needs to take a look at themselves as a fan.'
as above i think you will find that this letter is much, much more 'representative' of pompey supporters as a whole than you believe it is, and, lets not cover up the issue, hart did come in and made us harder to beat, but had the other teams below us not been so ***** we would have gone down anyway, we did not save us this season luckily other teams saved us lets be honest...
welcome to the site tho mate, glad to have another voice and opinion, thats what this site is all about and my views are not always those of everyone, i do not say they are nor do i expect them to be - if people do not agree i would want them to say so, as you have.
26/05/2009 15:38:00
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