Date:Tuesday July 21 2009
Arabianbusiness.com claimed an 'exclusive' on Tuesday morning that the takeover of Pompey by Dr SAF had been completed, with an announcement to be made at 10am UK time - although this was later changed to later on Tuesday, which to be far was the case as 11am is not far off :-)
They followed that up with another 'exclusive', that Paul Hart would remain in charge... EXCLUSIVE: Hart to stay as Portsmouth boss, confirms chairman.
Whilst I have before, and will again openly admit, that Hart would not be my choice of managers, should this prove the case then I will of course back him.
I do worry that if it goes belly up we would then lose his ability with the youth side of things - which we will anyway as he cannot do both, to a level required anyway - and I maintain my believe that this is his best area of expertise.
That said if anyone knows what the kids are capable of doing, then surely it is him?
You would then hope that he would have the balls to use the old 'if they are good enough they are old enough' approach.
I would imagine, should he be confirmed, that this means beyond a doubt that Matty Ritchie will get his chance as we know he rates him, he did travel with the 1st team squad for the Wigan game last season.
So, I guess, well not officially until the Pompey Site says so, it is now 'Paul Hart's blue and white army!'
We must wait until we have official confirmation of this, but assuming it is true lets give the guy a chance, lets see what he really can do with his own side and see if he can do something more 'offensive' than the negative stuff he showed last season - if you start with a defensive attitude from day one though then you know you are in trouble, so lets hope he is more offensive this time round...
Again though, whoever is the manager, lets just enjoy the fact that the takeover is done, and celebrate this today and particularly tonight at Westleigh Park to show Dr SAF why we are the best fans in the world!
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Tuesday July 21 2009
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