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Academy clearout part of a 'restructuring plan'

Academy clearout part of a 'restructuring plan'

The News today sees Paul Hart telling them that the 'clearout' of academy staff is actually part of a 'restructuring plan', that was his decision and was needed...

Academy manager Mark Kelly had walked a couple of weeks back and he was joined by others, including Paul Hardyman, Mark Chamberlain, Steve Martin, Paul White, Alan Miller, Ian White and Rod Ruddick who were told they would no longer be required over the weekend.

It is 'said' that this restructuring had involved academy staff members having to reapply for their jobs, which I guess meant these guys were deemed, somehow, surplus to requirements - some of these were actually people that Hart brought to the club.

The reasons for this in many people's minds have, and I would say quite obviously and understandably, moved directly to a 'financially based decision'. The other suggestion from The News is that Avram Grant could be bringing in his own team?

But Hart insists that this was his decision and all part of a 'grander plan' that he and the club have: 'it's part of a plan.

'It's part of restructuring within our Academy system. I look after football matters and it is part of my plan.

'It needed restructuring. That's all there is to say on the matter.'

Well that clears that up Paul, many thanks. If the club says that is the case then it must be true...

To be honest I do not know what to think or believe anymore! The saying is 'if it aint broke don't fix it' and at this point in time it 'seemed' to be working?

I sincerely hope that this is not a financial matter seeing the cutbacks as producing our own players is going to prove vital to our future, we could undo the good work we seemed to have been doing over the past few years pretty quickly.

I guess time will tell, if it proves to be in our best interests then so be it, if not...


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Date:Monday October 26 2009
Time: 9:53AM


As part of both Al Fahim and Al Faraj's blurb they have both stated a need for Youth Development as an area in need of investment for the club to move forward....For me this is Financial.
26/10/2009 10:55:00
don't really know what to think let alone what to say anymore , and i think its pretty telling that theres only 2 comments on this article after it being up for a good couple of hours...
26/10/2009 12:31:00
pompeym@ I agree, what is there to say when things are so fluid? It's now become difficult to separate fact from fiction, truth from lies.
26/10/2009 13:12:00
It's difficult to believe that anything that is done now is for developmental reasons.
26/10/2009 14:25:00
This does not bode well, it isn't consistent with being an ambitious club - I'm beginning to realise I have to adjust my own expec-tations about our club and it's status. I'm still thinking of us as a club that should be reasonably successful in the prem, but its unrealistic.
26/10/2009 16:50:00
For me the writing is loud and Clear... Mark Jacobs, Avram Grant..just look..think back, and all will become clear...... No One has ever heard of Faraj...because he is not the man behind all this NEW POMPEY, it is PINI ZAHAVI. and the plan is for us to be a window shop for AfricN AND S-AMERICAN talent..hence the Academy clear out
plymouth graham
26/10/2009 18:35:00
The name of Henry Millington is missing form the list which is sad as he is a friend of mine and when I next see him I will get the story.
26/10/2009 20:35:00
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