Date:Friday September 25 2009
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.'
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Friday September 25 2009
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