Date:Monday October 19 2009
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...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Monday October 19 2009
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