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Pompey's new manager lined up?

Not for the first time the name Vahid Halilhodzic has been spoken about as a 'serious option' for the Pompey job...

It is claimed that 'Pompey officials' have been in discussions with the Ivory Coast manager for the past 4-weeks or so, which was about the time this first broke out of the blue, with it now 'claimed' that he will be unveiled as our next manager sometime soon?

I do not know much about the bloke to be honest - not that this means he is a bad manager, his track record seems decent enough on the club and international scene, but it would still be 'a surprise' if we did bring him in I must say.

That said a surprise name would not exactly be a surprise in many ways as a good number of us have started to think that it may well be an outsider that comes in?

Still, I think that I would prefer someone that we actually knew of, and had some form of knowledge of the English game to be honest - despite his experience the English game is not something that the Bosnian has experienced before...

Pompey have a lot of connections in France, so this is possible, and it is said that this could be a genuine option. I am being told that 'French clubs that had been sounding him out as a possible manager have dropped out of the running,' if that means anything?

We are refusing to comment on these reports, but does that mean anything? Previously we have ruled things out, but we have neither ruled Halilhodzic in or out this time, again, if that means anything?

Yep, certainly a strange option and most definitely a surprise if it come off - but will it came off? Time will tell I guess...


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Date:Tuesday June 23 2009

Time: 10:43PM

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Vahid Who? Ive never heard of him, but doesn't sound like the man we need.
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23/06/2009 22:58:00

Vaha he is to be known. Yep strange, but he has some interesting cv and has worked in several countries which means he can attract players form everywhere. Never heard of him before we started to be linked to him, but seems to be interesting. I think I like this idea.
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23/06/2009 23:06:00

umm.. I've been out of the loop for a month or so, so this is the first time I've heard the geezers name... A manager in France, Bosnia, Turkey, and Morocco and National coah of Yugoslavia and Ivory Coast... An interesting CV but not one which makes you jump up and down and think 'that's the man we've been looking for!'
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I wonder if PFC will come out and make a denial on the claims being put about concerning this guy. They did with Sven if I remember rightly. Strange choice if he actually is being lined up. Don't know what to make of it really. Oh well, I guess it's something to keep us occupied until the real deal is done and dusted.
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24/06/2009 00:21:00

Sorry, who?
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24/06/2009 00:27:00

Far out brussel sprout! Surely this is just another silly rumour? He has had some pretty big jobs and seems to have done quite well at them, however, isnt Ivory Coast set for the African cup and the WC next year.
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24/06/2009 01:03:00

not for me!
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24/06/2009 01:35:00

I think only Pompey fans can understand the incredible uncertainty surrounding the club just now. You need a resolution to so many things. I don't know which way things will go but I wish you well... This guy Vahid Halilhodzic. Oh it just sounds like a MASSIVE gamble and the fans deserve better.
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24/06/2009 02:39:00

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24/06/2009 03:25:00

After what happened with Perrin I can't help but be scepticle.
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24/06/2009 06:45:00

what Tantona said!!!!
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24/06/2009 08:27:00

im sure Dr SAF will have a big name in mind come July 11th .....
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24/06/2009 08:51:00

Just another name in the ring. It wont be long till we find out who will be the next manager though.
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24/06/2009 08:53:00

I'd have thought Halilhodzic was quite a big name - longer than Hart or Kidd !! The fact that we have no picture says it all really!
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24/06/2009 09:32:00

To be fair, the guy ran the Yugoslav team towards the end of the 90's, a team that played great football and were very strong in Europe until the war there. Not sure how the Bosnian will get on with the Croat (Krunchie) though
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24/06/2009 10:05:00

Whoever the new manager will be, it will be a calculated gamble. We have to hit the floor running as we play some good, settled teams early on & points will be at a premium.
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24/06/2009 14:26:00

I can't be doing with getting excited about any of these rumours right now.
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24/06/2009 19:43:00


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