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And another says completely the opposite

I think we all know that the majority of the papers talk rubbish the majority of the time - ok, they might honestly believe some of what they print is true, but at best I would suspect that most 'take a punt' and hope for the best...

A 'battle of the Sunday papers' sees The Sunday People totally go against what The Sunday Mirror 'claims' is an 'exclusive' that Redknapp is being sounded out with a return by saying that Slaven Bilic is Sven Goran Eriksson's 'strongest contender' for the Pompey job?

If one says one thing, more often than not - unless it is not possible to do so, even then some try! - the other will say another.

Pini Zahavi is 'said' to have played some role in our takeover, which the sooner is completed without a doubt the better, with him said to be preferring the Croatian to the Swede?

As it is to be honest Eriksson or Bilic would suit me fine, I would not really mind either!

I must admit that I do like the thought of the Croat, as his enthusiasm could become infectious, along with his passion from the sidelines, and this passion is something that I always like to see, is incredible but could he transfer the international success that he has had with the national team - made up of a set of players that most would have grown up seeing as a player for their country and some 'might' have even played with - to club football with a completely different set of players?

A set of players that would view him in a completely different light...

The Swede has undoubted respect, in footballing terms anyway, throughout the game and would command, if not demand, the respect from his players and would get it as for all his faults he is said to be a real people person and a person that players truly respect, the world over - this in itself, added to his international field of 'connections' could prove invaluable?

All in all, none of us know if either, or others mentioned, seriously are on 'the wish list' and until the deal to take ownership of the club totally goes through none of us really know what to expect - expecting the unexpected is something that most of us know with Pompey, but I guess for the time being we just have to 'wait and see'...

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Date:Sunday May 31 2009

Time: 12:06PM

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Of al the scenarios in the papers today, I'll take Slaven Billic. As Tracey says, he's the best looking!
Gandor1
Slaven Bilic signed by Jamie Dad at West Ham and then chain smoked his way to Everton has never managed a club side!! Done well for his country but!!
eastneydave
I have always said Bilic and I stick by my guns. He's passionate, knows his football, has been fantastic for Croatia and will be even more fantastic for PFC.
PFCGino
bilic would be a risk. good national manager don't always make good club managers (see phil scholari), as the day to day running of the club can be beond them. (the process also works the other way, as some managers need to see there players every day, to get there ideas across.
pompeycarpet
I'll take anyone except Bilic, Eriksson and Twitchy McBackstab. Unproven, overrated and cold day in Hell, in that order.
PhilTaglia
Ranieri for me, even though he likes to tinker, he could do a job for us i am sure.
Owenspompey
Ranieri - good shout, good manager. Bilic is the best man to take us forward, mark my words. He's proven on international level, has a great rapport with players and if he had taken over last Feb we would've been safe in March.
PFCGino
Can't believe that Twitchy McBackstab is being linked with a return to Pompey - PLEASE - this cannnot be allowed to happen. Ranieri would be the best bet - remember he started the current Chelski revolution. Tinkerman or not - this guy has got the quality and track record as a club manager - more so than Bilic. PUP
Highland_Pompey
Good shout indeed, Ranieri would be an excellent appointment. Would probably do a lot to shake off the "Arab Plaything" moniker we're going to get too.
PhilTaglia
Well as Doc Dosh has his own equivalnt of the Apprentice, why don't we do the same with the manager and invite them all over, he can then sack one a week until we get the right man for job. Shoild make a bit of cash out of the TV rights too and help buy more players.
Lemmi
Brilliant idea Lemmi!
Gandor1
Rijkard for me please. Would command the respect of the players and likes his teams to play attacking football
harrissman
lemmi LMFAO! that is brilliant! but guys seriously, a week ago we were talking about coppell so lets not try and get out of our own boots yeh? anyone remotely "better" than coppell should be accepted with open arms regardless ... this includes every manager that has been mentioned (apart from HIM). i look forward in anticipation to find out who the first manager of a NEW era will be (my personal preference is for a manager that is not available ... his name is jose...) hehe
pompey--pessimist
Bilic would be a BIG gamble; he has NO club management experience. Sven is one of the game's most succesful club managers. If Fat Frank's Uncle comes back then the world has gone mad.
NinjaTim
however, whatever, we are being connected to some top guys, which is just wonderful. It means we will also attract top players. Happy days are here again...
storagematt
Highland Pompey - Twitchy McBackstab is a great nickname - love it!
tracyc
Tracyc - I would love to take the credit for the Twitchy McBackstab but the honour goes to PhilTaglia. I like the 'Doctor Dosh' mantle
Highland_Pompey
 

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