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Would you work under these conditions?

Would you work under these conditions?

I do not care what people think of Paul Hart, as a person, a manager or his footballing tactics - we all have our opinions on this, some most of us would share, others we might not - but you cannot deny the fact that the guy is working under conditions that PLENTY of others just could not, or would not tolerate!

It seems to be that it is one thing after another, there almost always seems to be something lurking around the corner - and, for me, the fact that things are so 'quiet' at the moment concerns me that something else could crop up at anytime now, I would just hope it is a 'good something' cropping up, but this is Pompey we are talking about...

He has seen player after player leave for mega bucks, with very little shown to him - I do wonder where this is going to be honest! He has had to beg, borrow or steal 'strays' from wherever he could, fend off the media with the same questions repeatedly and seemingly has also had things 'hidden' from him, such as the transfer embargo.

To top this all off this week he has again spoken about his new year 'budget', with him not knowing what this will be, or if he will even have one to play with! Although until this poxy embargo is lifted we are screwed anyway...

The thing that is most surprising, well I would guess shocking or appalling, of all is that fact that he, the manager of Portsmouth Football Club, STILL has not had a face-to-face meeting with the clubs owner Ali Al Faraj!

Although he is 'told' this will happen before the end of November and a 'strategy' for January will be worked out.

Will this meeting come though?

Were we also not told that the 'transfer embargo' situation would be sorted out by the end of the week, with this a couple of weeks back - although I guess we were not told which week... Then again we were not told it had been put in place, so will we be told 'if/when' it is lifted again?

In all honesty I could throttle Hart sometimes as I do think that the guy gets tactics wrong at times, and maybe these have cost us points this season, but what I cannot, and will not let anyone fault, is the commitment that he has to the club and has shown us. So, this is something I always come back to thinking about when I 'moan' about him and the job he is doing.

Lets face it the guy is not a 'youngster' so does he really need this at this stage of his life?

Although the cynical 'might' say he will get fat pay-off, so long as he does not walk away - he might get this paid over several years knowing us, but hey ho...Anyway, cynicism aside, can this really be doing his health any good? It does my health no good most the time and I must be half his age!

In a day and age of prima donnas galore, I guess the 'old school' nature of Hart is helping to see him through, but can we really point to many that would have tolerated things for this long? Inexperienced managers would have broken long ago, as would some vastly experienced ones - well, if they had not 'run off' somewhere else...

I would suggest there are VERY few mangers that would continue to work under the conditions that he has had to, and seemingly will continue to have to for the foreseeable future, and for that - and to get a side as united as it is - the guy deserves a bloody medal!

Assuming he does last the season, and lets say he does and lets also say he keeps us up, could there really be any other manager that could be named as the manager of the year?


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Date:Friday November 13 2009
Time: 5:00PM


Well said Rug - we all get frustrated by his lack of tactical nouse, and I think we were hoping that having Grant alongside him would help, but what you say is absolutely right and we would all do well to remember the situation that our club is still in.
13/11/2009 17:44:00
MONEY !!!!
13/11/2009 18:35:00
Would I work under these conditions? Damn right I would, I'd cut my right arm off for the chance, and work on the minimum wage too. Let's get real with a little bit of perspective, and not so emotional about it. The guy's in a job he never thought he'd get, in a glamour industry.....Premier League Football. He won't be on top dollar, but you can bet he's still on six figures. If he was in charge of troops in Afghanistan, and responsible for their lives.....instead of 11 footballers, I'd have given a totally different answer.
13/11/2009 18:51:00
Well said Corny. Plenty of people will share that view as well. Pressure? He doesn't know the half of it
13/11/2009 19:00:00
Sorry Tony and pomp but, lets put it another way. Who do you think, of those that would consider the job, could do better. The only one I can see taking the job is Grant, and I think that he might start with a player revolt, as they seem respect Hart.
13/11/2009 19:12:00
Come on guys, Hart has no plan B. His managerial record is the same as Mokoena, bloody awful. When his initial plans go wrong by opponents scoring early, he just does not know what to do. Maybe he still has the dressing room, but I have no clue what he see's in Mokoena, Hughes, or Webber. I just think it's Perrin all over again. I hope I'm wrong, I wish him all the best in his next venture but as our manager I don't think he is good enough.
13/11/2009 19:17:00
gosport_gaz....Just answering the question mate. Now for your question. Who do you think, of those that would consider the job, could do better. If Hart gets the shove it will undoubtedly be given to Grant. Do I think he could do a better job than Hart....Yes! If the likes of Frank Lampard & John Terry rate him, that's good enough for me. Lose the dressing room? I don't see it, why would he. Especially if a few wins start creeping in to the statistics because of good tactical decisions.
13/11/2009 19:35:00
I take your point Veccio, Corny and Tony. But what is the use of a first class manager? We had one and he buggered off at the first sign of trouble. I'm afraid its horses for courses at the moment, and although we don't have a Manager with the tactical nous we need, we do have one who has managed to cobble a team together out of nothing; and for whatever reason, he is prepared to stay with us through thick and thin. Full Stop!
13/11/2009 19:44:00
Gandor.....I was just answering Rugs original question (Would you work under these conditions?) I gave a straight and forthright answer, which I think stands up if you take in the way it was delivered. I'm just trying to cut through all the emotional crap and accompanying crocodile tears associated with Harts position. At the end of the day he's a bloody football manager and a big boy. He's being "paid" to do a job. I just don't buy all this staying with us through thick and thin stuff. I'm not one of the Hart out brigade, but am being hard nosed about his ability, which is quite clearly lacking. Building a team is one thing....using them to the best technical advantage is another.
13/11/2009 20:22:00
Unfortunately the only way to assess PHs ability (or not) is to get rid of him and let AG (an appointment PH wasn't told about) take over. What will the cry be then if we get relegated - 'bring back PH he would have kept us up"? I'm not being emotional when I side with Rug and say stick with PH until the end of the year. He's doing a difficult job in trying circumstances and I think he deserves to be given the chance.
13/11/2009 20:41:00
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