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Not losing Hart

Not losing Hart

Most would have probably seen Paul Hart's 'defiant words' on sky sports yesterday, words he has followed up today with an interview on pfcTV where he was insistent that he was the man to turn things around in testing circumstances.

If not here is a remainder of what he said: 'through May, June and July there were a number of names being touted around that were going to take the job on, there is only me here, there is only me who stayed here.

'There is only me that's gone through the rubbish in the summer. I'm still here I'm still backing the club, I'm still the one taking all the stuff from people like yourself.

'No one wanted it at that point. It was there, it was up for offer. I have had so many names thrown at me they could all have had it and they didn't, but I did.

'You can call me I'm an idiot, I have been called that before, but I'm me and I'm standing up and I believe in the players here and I think we turn it round.

'It's a results-based business so I'm vulnerable in that respect but in terms with what I do on the pitch and the way the players respond I don't have a problem.'

Fair play to him in many respects and for that you cannot have anything but respect for him - he may well have been the 'cheap option' but I suspect that he is right with his 'no one else wanted it' thoughts and I dare say very few would want it now!

Boards, new and old, have screwed him over - in many ways leaving him to carry the can...

Ok, he might not be up to the task but could anyone else have done better in the circumstances he has worked under?

To be fair the past few league games have seen improvement, if we see more of that then we could well turn it around - but the continued off the field problems are helping no one at all, in fact these just continue to make matters worse.

All this said Hart himself says that it is a 'results-based business' and results are what he needs, we just have to hope that the 'players preparations' have not been further distracted by the latest off the field goings on and 'rumour', as full support for the team was something we all hoped for tomorrow - as it now is I fear that not all this vocal backing will be aimed fully at backing the team...

The Pompey Site has also today moved to 'put the record straight' on 'reports' in the media today that Hart walked out of his press conference on Thursday, with a clubs spokesman saying: 'Paul did not walk out on the press.

'He answered all the questions put to him before the conference was halted by the club's director of communications, Gary Double.

'He was then led away to conduct other media interviews as is normal practise.

'Despite the difficult circumstances the club finds itself in, Paul has always carried out his media obligations both before and after matches and has never walked out of a press conference or interview.'

They club also said that they 'will be seeking apologies from those publications concerned.'


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Date:Friday September 25 2009
Time: 1:32PM


Rumours are that the players are at the Marriott Hotel and that Paul Hart has been sacked .. Personally I do not believe them.. but I had it from three sources (but not my reliable ones) .. more media hype and fan frustration mee thinks ...
25/09/2009 13:48:00
also heard these rumours, i do not believe them tbh and certainly ahead of this game - maybe even after it come what may - would it be the best thing to do?
i was getting petty positive about the game tomorrow, until the latest off the field bull***** that will probably set us back several steps that we had made forward in the past 7-days or so...
25/09/2009 13:56:00
I think the last thing we want at the moment is for PH to go. We want AF to start talking to the fans truthfully and everyone to start pulling in the same direction again.
25/09/2009 14:02:00
Agree completely guys .. I was really up after Tuesday game and now I am flat again.. I'm no lover of Paul Hart as all of you know but I am beginning to think we all (even me) give him a break .. His life must be hell at the moment.. tbh honest should we win tomorrow (and I think we can) then people will start to back Hart.. I think he just needs one or two results then people will be able to judge HIS team.. afterall they have only played two of the six league games and have looked pretty good in both.. LETS GET THAT POSITIVITY BACK..
25/09/2009 14:06:00
I have always said, and still do...It (as well as us!) is pointless getting rid of PH now. Give this honest, and genuine person the decency to stay until January...he has had no pre-season with the vast majority of this squad (indeed most are still getting fit) all of PH is dealing with is the stuff caused by the owner (s) and he deserves our support until January, for at least giving it a go whilst all around him were jumping ship. PUP and lets give both PS & PH our support tomorrow. SAF, well he can have the steam off my *hit!
25/09/2009 14:15:00
We have to show a united front and back both PS & PH tomorrow, if just to keep the dead tree sellers quiet. If we don't get some points tomorrow it could well be a taxi for Mr Hart.
25/09/2009 14:28:00
I think Hart's done okay so far. We're not getting hammered, there have been some decent buys in the summer, and, like he says, he's stuck with us through some pretty farcical times. Everyone needs to stay level headed until the dust settles, then we can pick up the pitchforks and flaming torches and go off on one
25/09/2009 14:29:00
Yes, let the dust settle and see what's what. It looks like Finnan will be available tomorrow, so we should be able to rearrange the defence and put Belhadj in midfield where he belongs. Put 2 up front and that should make a statement to the opposition and fans alike and give a more positive feel. PH has certainly shown character by putting up with all the mess up to now, hopefully he can transfer that to the team.
25/09/2009 14:44:00
Bugger me, talk about pear shaped!It's just one crap story after another.
25/09/2009 20:20:00
PH has had a really really difficult job, and he's done the best that anyone could do in the circumstances, we just need some luck!
26/09/2009 09:45:00
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