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Paul Hart has today told The News that he is 'not concerned' for his job, not that he does not 'value it', the reasoning behind him not fearing being sacked is for the simple reason this is beyond his control...

Hart, for me - for the time being - is right in thinking that he 'can't afford to be worried about' it too much, as he has 'more important things to deal with' but unless things start changing and we start getting points on the board then the club, money or not, no other options or not, are going to have to act.

To be fair, despite the defeat and the frustration of again aiding our own downfall with some shoddy defending and missing a hatful of chance, I took some encouragement again from parts of what I saw against Bolton - we just seriously, and I mean seriously, have to start getting something from games. We needed to win that game, as things do not get any easier for the next 2-3 league games now, and from these we need a return of at least 4pts, any less and Hart will have to go...

I said to Chix on the way to the game on Saturday, and I was feeling very positive, that we could not decide for or against Hart based on the Bolton game - we could not get carried away had we won, nor could we be too over the top had we lost, as we did. There cannot be any more excuses now though, this is his side, no one else's! These are the players he wanted so now he has to get it right with them.

We were clearly more attack minded, but still got this balance wrong - it is all very well playing 2 up top but if these strikers then have to act as the wide men to supply themselves who is on the end of things? We had a greater attacking threat from midfield but were far too narrow, leaving ourselves exposed at the back but also failing to take advantage of the freedom on either flank we should have, having been given this, going forward.

It is all very well people saying 'we must sack Hart', but we have to think, and realistically, who would come in to replace him? Not only that we would have to pay him off - and where is that money coming from, and where is the money being made available to a new manager, and they will demand this, coming from in the New Year?

So, it is not s cut and dried as 'we sack him' is it.

As said, this is now Hart`s side, and it was not easy throwing together a side on Saturday that is new to each other and included 3 debutants from the start, with 5 making debuts in total - it is harder though when this balance is not right...

We must back the club, the players and the manager but at the same time despite all the potential problems we face 'if' we decide to dispense of him we really cannot afford to give too much time, which is a great shame as we appear to have players that do want to play for him and the club, players that might not want to a new man - but that is football!

Villa, Carlisle, Everton and Wolves - for me, again despite the obstacles in the way - are the games that will decide his fate, and they are not easy games!

Something at Villa would be nice - but to be honest I am not expecting much, that is not to say I have already accepted defeat before I go, but a win at Carlisle is a must as is a home win over Everton and something at Wolves. For me 2 wins minimum, the cup and at least a solitary one in the league, is a must or the safety that is being felt right now would have to end with those pockets being dug into or there will be only one outcome to our season...

Lets keep backing everyone though, lets hope a good weeks training together can help the bonding and camaraderie that is clearly in place - tactically Hart needs to start being spot on though.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 14 2009

Time: 2:05PM

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I read it as a man under siege and with no pride
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14/09/2009 14:19:00

I think he has until the Hull game and then action would need to be taken. Problem is we do not have the finances to sack him and pay up his contract so we may be stuck with him.
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14/09/2009 14:23:00

I left the game thinking 'sack him', but as you say, logic dictates that he be given a bit of time to mould the players he's just brought in into a cohesive unit. The thinking of bringing subs on to hold onto the draw after we'd equalised was very worrying indeed though.
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14/09/2009 14:34:00

in many ways we are in a no win situation... damned if we do, damned if we dont! 3-4 games, 5 maximum is all we can give him - we need the players to hit the ground running, but we also need him to play his part. is he a man resigned to his fate tho? why was there no emotion shown from him on the bench, or play being dictated...
all in all i do not see us staying up under him, but like i say we need to give him this final chance with 'his side', then if it fails we cross the 'how do we pay him off' and 'how do we bring in someone else' bridge...
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14/09/2009 15:00:00

He is tactically inept and stunningly uninspiring; not to mention shall we give hiim the benefit of the doubt and say confused. A replacement is needed fast! The decisions he made were nothing to do with new players, in my opinion they were generally not too bad, for the most part ( mok didn't have his best game) Lyons lead by lambs springs to mind. Can someone explain why Hart bought on a player who had been on the box the night before saying he wasn't match fit?
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14/09/2009 15:54:00

Not sure if my second post went ( so much for iPhones ) but to be clear I blame theclub/ storrie. Hart is cheap nut out of his depth by storries own admission he persuaded the bloke to stay on and now he's walked away from a job he loves Into one he isn't capable of doing at this level. The club when they sack him will lose a renowned skills coach
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14/09/2009 16:08:00

Until we can show a united front off of the pitch then I dont see too many candidates jumping at the chance to take over.
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14/09/2009 16:08:00

I think if you take the last 10 games as well he is close on the worst manager we have had; poor sod
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14/09/2009 16:16:00

More like he knows he won't be sacked as Al Fahim can't afford a top quality manager. Wouldn't surprise me at all.
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14/09/2009 16:22:00

And we worried about Tony Adams!...jeez what has this club done to deserve these no-hopers?
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14/09/2009 16:55:00

I would stick with Hart for many reasons: this is his team; the team is playing ok; the team will come good. On the other hand, if we had finances to get a new manager, we would need to give him time to settle down. Reshuffiling the team would be certain. That wouldn't help at all, as to do so, a team requires at least 2 weeks. Can we afford all this turbulance once again? No.
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14/09/2009 17:39:00

Give him 4 games and if results dont imrove get rid of him. We need point on the table and not playing catch up at christmas
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14/09/2009 18:58:00

Spoke to someone to day who is "in the know" about these things who says PH is a dead man walking and it is only a matter of days.
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14/09/2009 20:04:00

. PH took the job with the sole task of keeping us in the PL. He completed that task. He was then left in limbo throughout the summer not knowing if he was still in charge,watching all the top players leaving and then when given the managers job again had no money until the last week. He brought in who he could get with a limited budget and has only one game record with that team. Is it a fair to be calling for his head. As much as we don't like this situation there is no sureties that someone coming in can give us instant results. We must get behind him and the team in the next few games and hope they can get some results and luck that they need. If nothing changes then I'm sure even PH will know it is time to step down. Hoping for points PUP
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15/09/2009 00:02:00

Steve Coppell will be here by November.
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15/09/2009 08:18:00


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