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A make or break week, or two...

I think it is fair to say that I, like many others, have been very much back and forth on my thoughts towards Paul Hart, but the guy is facing a crucial week or so.

Before I really get into it, I want to make it perfectly clear that I am not saying that I want him to go - you do have to be realistic though...

I have really warmed to him over the past 6-8-weeks and we cannot be thankful enough for what he has done for us, as we all know the truth of the matter is no one else would touch us with a bargepole, yet he took on the challenge with all the troubles that went with it - but, and as Hart has himself said, we live in a results based business, so he must get results from the next couple of games!

I also tend to think that we, as a club, would not give it that much thought about making a change now we 'seem' to have sorted ourselves out...

Hull next weekend is a huge game and one that I really think we need to win, and, maybe blinkered so, feel we will - then again I always do as you well know! With all due respect to Hull I still think they are one of the worse sides in the division - that said, in all honesty both sides form since Christmas is among the worst in the country, probably Europe, so on paper we both look pretty nailed on to go down, although of course football is not played on paper, which is sometimes good and bad.

We have played well this season, on the whole, and without a doubt we have deserved at least a point from each of our last 5-6 games, but have only got the 3, which were all claimed at a fellow struggler Wolves.

Should we not get a result at Hull the pressure really grows on Hart and that would probably only leave him the Wigan game - although we have the league cup game against Stoke in-between as well - to save his job. Wins over Hull and Wigan, which I feel we should be aiming for and will get, could be enough to take us out of the bottom 3, anything other - or much less - would see him looking for a new job I feel.

Like I say I want Hart to succeed, and we have players that are totally committed to what they are doing for him and the club so a change could see that mentality altered? What the players, and there mistakes that seem to cost us, cannot be put down to him although when to make a change, and how to make the right one can make a big difference. So, sometimes a change in personnel is what you need as that tactical change at the right time can alter things, and all in all at the moment it seems that it is these tactical decisions that could haunt him?

I think it is right to say that we are entering a make or break period, I sincerely hope that it does not prove to be a break though, as far as things go for Pompey and for the club and Hart partnership...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 19 2009

Time: 1:47PM

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whens diop back ?? could do with his strengh and power in their and defending set pieces ! and the herminator. what about the rumours of davids in talks with us. not another defensive midfielder.
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19/10/2009 14:12:00

hull is a massive game just as big as wolves ! it would be better to win the hull match than the spurs coz that means we gain 3 on hull.
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19/10/2009 14:13:00

No probs - off the bottom of the table next week ;-)
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19/10/2009 14:32:00

I Don't think its worth jumping on Harts back yet. The spurs game (whilst an emotional thing for most of us) was never the decisive game, but the next 4 are! I think we must give the guy these 4 games (I think he needs to get a minimum 7 - 9 points). These games WILL decide our future - and if after those 4 games, we are down, what is the point of changing then, cos we will be a Championship side next season - So why change then!!!! I'm certainly not being defeatist as a positive return from these games can help kick start a revival, but don't cut Hart free yet - the guys are playing for him. The reason we haven't got a "proven" goalscorer is down to the funds - that ain't his fault. PUP
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19/10/2009 16:39:00

Barney, 4 games is way too many, where are we going to get the points after that? I agree with the Rug's article and would even go so far as saying no win next game next day no job. We need tone in contention or we will not get the players we need to climb away, I don't see PH having the persuasive technique of HR, watch Hart on the box he doesn't sound like he believes him self! Sadly my I under estimated you Paul Hart humble pie eating looks further away than ever.
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19/10/2009 17:27:00

Lol maybe instead I'll share a kebab with O'Hara
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19/10/2009 17:29:00

I agree with most of that BA except for the 'don't sack him after those 4 games'. As a PH fan I say that if he can't get a good return from those 4 games then he must go. I think it'll be defeatist to keep him 'because we're going down anyway'. Change the manager then and we may have a change of luck. Still optimistic ;-)
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19/10/2009 17:32:00

lets be realistic shall we, even if we get 6 points from the next 2 the chances of getting out the bottom 3 are very slim... but to counter the negativity in that sentence i think when we get grant we'll finally have the tactical nous (or however thats spelt lol) that we need and then you really won't be able to blame anyone other than the players for making mistakes. but a good left back, center back and proven striker would help a lot! (althouh wiliamson might be good in the center or even ben heim when hermans back)
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19/10/2009 17:33:00

As most of you know I am a big fan of Harty. This being said, last year I was very worried about keeping him; but these first few matches this season I have seen a very good Pompey side, playing football that we haven't seen for a long long time. I really wish that somehow things are changed because I really wish the man stays on. However, as Rug said, I think that the changes he does sometimes are useless. For instance, against Spurs Utaka should have come on 10 minutes before since Finnan was fading out and Piqiuonne should have replaced Dindanne and not Smith. Also, Belhadj should have played instead of Ben Haim as the lad has pace that was needed to hold Lennon down, even if the Algerian is not the best defenders in the world!
Pompey Malta
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19/10/2009 17:46:00

I just don't see what bringing in Avram Grant will do. Yes he did well at Chelsea, but let's be honest....I could have done that with the talent available. If Avram comes in, he will inherit Paul Harts players - who are certainly playing for him (if no end result); I can see nothing but disaster in that case. Thats why I say give him to January (or just before). Any new manager will need their own players to make an impact.
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19/10/2009 19:07:00

I have serious reservations about PH but I was glad to see him on his feet doing his nut on the touchline during the Spurs game. Nothing more annoying that watching him sat on his arse last season when the team were really lacking spirit.
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19/10/2009 19:19:00

Need a minimum of 4 pts from the next 2 games. Nice managers aren't winners & strikers that need glasses ain't helping the cause. Too many short players defending the corners. Is the rack still a legal tool??? Time for results & not feeling sorry for ourselves & bemoaning our bad luck. Here is the ball, there is the goal, stick it in please!!!
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