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Suddenly Mancini is the 'front runner!'

If enough names are mentioned sooner or later the will be next Pompey manager will be found from one of those mentioned!

Sven Goran Eriksson has been the 'hot favourite', although the weekend saw him 'threatened' by Slaven Bilic...

Jamie's Dad emerged as a 'shock contender' on Sunday, with it said that he does have backing on the board and did, despite the manor of his departure, leave on 'good terms' with the clubs hierarchy, if not the fans! It is also 'said' that he is missing the club, and some feel that he again feels he 'made a mistake', not in terms of joining a club like Spurs - who are of course 'the biggest club in the world' outside of the top 4! - but in turning his back on what he had. It is also said that he does not actually see much of his family now, and we all know how important that is to him!

All in all it does appear that bringing him back 'could' be a genuine option, but the majority - not all, but the majority - of fans would not accept this and although the fans' thoughts and considerations do not really count anymore, this is something that could prove a rare exception to the rules...

Of course, and reports claim this is the case, Paul Hart is 'technically' still the manager - some claim that he was offered, and indeed signed, a 2-year contract before he left for his holiday.

For me, in my understanding anyway, any contract that 'might' have been signed was done so as a 'good will' gesture and an extension to the one, with the youth academy, already in place. Surely we would not have been committing to giving him the managers job knowing that we had 'possible' buyers in the pipeline?

Well, today, the latest name and according to The News, the new 'front runner' for the job is Italian Roberto Mancini.

The former Inter manager is no stranger to success as he guided them to the Serie A title on more than one occasion - some reports suggest that he could link up with the Swede as he did during a time together at Lazio, but I think with the Italian now a fully fledged manager in his own right such a suggestion is highly unlikely.

He is unknown to the English game though - that is putting aside the thoughts that he was 'expected' to have been announced as the new Sunderland manager, something that now appears dead in the water with Steve Bruce set for that job...

Rumours, speculation, links and so on will continue until an appointment is finally made, Mancini 'might' be said to be Dr SAF's 'preferred target', then again so was the Swede the other day according to reports, but until a deal is 100% complete no one can be put in place, so getting the takeover fully rubberstamped is something we need first!

Stopping the growing reports is not something that is possible however...

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Date:Monday June 1 2009

Time: 2:10PM

Your Comments

Mancini would be a great candidate and dare I say possibly better than Bilic! Bilic is possibly more realistic, however, and so I still think he'll be the one to join us.
PFCGino
what about steve bruce? or david moyes... if roberto martinez doesn't go to celtic, we could take him too. maybe a gamble on paul ince or darren fergasen could be worthwhile, or, for that matter, would tony mowbary. and now juande ramos is probably out of a job, we could bring him in...
pompeycarpet
We'll choose a top european boss. Can't imagine we would gamble on unproven talent now Dr SAF is running the show or when he starts. The owner will have a manager that reflects his ambitions & the players to follow.
storagematt
Thought Mancini was off to Sunderland, or not. Good Old Agents Hey! Still prefer Bilic though.
bluedr
Lets just face it. No-one has any idea about what is going on. Nothing will be settled until Dr AlF gets all the paperwork and such like sorted.
sneakay
Sneaks has hit the nail squarely on the head. Don't be surprised if I'm linked with the job too, everyone will be. People are thinking we're going to be moneybags Pompey but it may not be the case (although probably will be), we just don't know until Dr SAF comes out with his overall game plan.
PFCGino
With my scintillationg acceleration speed, I'll soon be "the front runner" at this rate
UKTony
I still like Mourinho, but I admit that's highly unlikely now! Mancini would be good, I realistically would like him, or Sven. I'd probably prefer Sven.
MFFP
MFFP, I'm pretty sure I heard a Mourinho rumour somewhere....Imagine that.... The special one at FP... Now THAT would make us loved by the media!
powered_by_pies
Alan Sugar
Midge
Remember Terry Mancini who had that big bald head? Played for QPR if memory serves me right. Perhaps that's who we'll get.
hammersmithblue
im changing my mind all the time but 1st choice sven, 2nd mancini, 3rd bilic
ruffcider
i'm still thinking sven is my first choice. he really does have history of turning small clubs around, and making them big clubs. (albeit with a lot of spending)
pompeycarpet
I would expect a new manager 2-4 days after the takeover goes through, then we can sort out players out of contract before the July window hits us.
pompeyyong
Now HE will brighten up a girls' Saturday afternoon! I s'pose he can do the job as well?
Gandor1
I'm getting dizzy with all these names flying about. I think Ill second Midge and go for Alan Sugar..
cornypomp
Come September "Sugar your fired" lol.
pompeyyong
There's going to be so much speculation, we should look on it as a bit of fun. I like the sound of Mourinho - could have lots of fun with that. I thought though that the transfer window opened at the end of the season - is that right that its not until July? I thought there hadn't been much activity!
tracyc
Always loved Henry Mancini, the theme from the Pink Panther was a classic.
Owenspompey
July 1st- August 31st Tracy & Mourinho has just signed a 4 year deal with Inter, shame!. Owens nice one, so the away kit would be all pink.
pompeyyong
powered_by_pies : you prob heard the jose thing from an earlier article on here ... thought if i could fuel speculation =)
pompey--pessimist
Mourinho is another one who has "all round appeal".
Gandor1
Bit too moody for my taste tho.
Gandor1
Rug, not that pink kit again, i remember seeing us wear it at Goodison Park, how embarrasing was that!! Nowadays though even some of those egg chasers wear a pink kit!! How times change, or am i just getting old?
Owenspompey
Tracy herd today that officially the window opens at midnight of the last day of the season so you are right it is open, guess it gets more activity as the season draws closer.
pompeyyong
Gareth Barry having a medical at Citeh so it is well & truly open.
pompeyyong
 

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