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Hart feels he is lucky to be here

Hart feels he is lucky to be here

There has been A LOT of debate about Paul Hart here on Vital Pompey over the months, none more so than the past few days - at times I feel this has gone past more than 'debate' and sometimes crossed over into areas that I feel had NOTHING to do with the topic in hand, but hey ho..

Well, he has today been speaking to The News of the World and says that he feels 'privileged' to be our manager even if it has been 'demoralising' at times: 'I consider myself, 40 years after I entered the game, very fortunate to be in football.

'Despite our problems, I am very, very privileged to manage a smashing football club. It's been one hell of a test and you've got to be on your toes.

'I knew things were bad when I took over but I wouldn't have believed they would get even worse.

'The situation I face at Portsmouth is totally unique. It's demoralising watching players walk out of the door. No club ever reports back for pre-season with 14 players.'

It is his thoughts above that, despite my thoughts that he 'could' have done better at times, that continue to lead me to think he is 'probably' the only person man enough to stand up to this task, so we are actually 'lucky' to have him...

I maintain my thoughts that FEW would have wanted to work for us under the conditions he had to and has since gone onto further still. Whilst I openly acknowledge my thoughts that he would not have been my first, second or even third choice for the job the simple facts are no one wanted this job, he was the only one that did so hats off to him. There is not another manager, and a realistic option, that I feel would do any better.

In terms of what we need from mental strength and character Hart is spot on, we just need him to seek a little more advice, and take this on board, from those around him - with him also having to be a little more 'tactically flexible'.

Once again he has said that our position 'should' act as a warning to others to show them what can happen with mismanagement but he still has the faith that he can 'get us out of this mess' and he will not 'ever give up' on us.

It is a refreshing attitude that he shows that he actually thinks he is 'lucky' to still be in football and to be with us, as he also said there was a time when he felt this would be finished for him - so, in a way he answered my very own question from earlier in the week, which was in a roundabout way 'are we lucky to have him', whereas he feels it is quote the opposite, he is lucky to have us...

This brings us on nicely, I guess, to the latest poll results!


Paul Hart's tactics and prospects...

'Paul Hart's tactics and prospects are adequate', not my vote, yours - although these findings from veccccio's poll are thoughts that I would agree with to be honest...

This was a 'tough' poll, in all honesty there were not that many ways to turn, for me in a positive light with options given, and positivity is what I try to go for but this is a site for Pompey fans so you go with what you are given as we all have our right to this - clearly the least voted options were not applicable were they?

The 'naïve and clueless' option, whilst areas of this I would agree with at times, was for me harsh, the 'should be added to the 3 million unemployed list' even more so.

As said countless times, and even touched upon above somewhere, Hart infuriates me at times, I literally could throttle him!

Although, and speaking for myself of course, the main thing that I want when spending the money I do travelling around the country is to see a team playing for the manager, the club and the supporters - we get this virtually assured week-in-week-out with Hart's sides to be fair...

If he cannot see that you have to be bold at times, and this boldness will get us out of trouble then we will not get out of it - so I hope that he might start thinking about almost throwing caution to the wind more and play with more attacking flair a la Stoke and Wigan recently, more often. It would be better to 'play safe' when you are out of the drop zone looking back, not at the bottom looking up, right?

  • What the poll asked - Paul Hart's Tactics and Prospects?

  • How you voted - Adequate 37%, Naive and Clueless 23%, Should be added to the 3 million unemployed list 20%, Up there with Wenger and Fergie 12%, An up and coming Jose Mourinho 8%

    Before we move on what are your thoughts on what the last poll concluded? As well as Hart's latest views on his position as Pompey manager

    You know what to do, as always thoughts below please guys...


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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Sunday November 15 2009
    Time: 2:02PM


    In my opinion i feel unlucky that your still here Mr Hart.
    15/11/2009 14:16:00
    He is lucky to be here because he was in the right place at the right time when Pompey were in dire straits. As rug said no-one better wanted to take the job so we're lucky that he's committed to us. Anyway, for Pompey it was Hobson's choice.
    15/11/2009 14:39:00
    As usual Harts comments are as tired as his tactics. I don't think its refreshing that he thinks he is lucky to be our Manager. I am tired of seeing comments, saying we are lucky to have him as know one else would take the job. Thats rubbish!! There are plenty of Football Managers out of work who would bite PS arm to get a job in the Premier League. Hart has repeatedly said the he doesn't take any notice of the off the field antics of those dicks who claim to run the Club. He just focus's on the next game and the players development. As for mental strength, as a few have pointed out on here he crumbles tactically when we are under pressure. Lets get real he is out of his depth, but he has given it his best shot. Unfortunatly we all know deep down that he isn't the man for the job. Whoever is running the Club hasn't got long to sort it out.
    15/11/2009 14:43:00
    admitedly, as i have aid countless times hart was not the man i wanted - and i guess if i could replace him i would but no-one wanted the job when we needed them to, and i suspect few, that could make much difference, would want it now...
    people were NOT lining up for this job Mike, quite the oppposite wasnt it?

    hart does have to start being bolder at times, but i am not sure anyone else would, or could, do a better job as things stand?
    15/11/2009 17:38:00
    do you not think that it is good, and makes a change, for someone not to be taking things for granted? so many in football these days do - so that, for me, is why i think it is 'refreshing', even the ***** we are in, that hart thinks HE is the lucky one to be here...
    15/11/2009 17:40:00
    Rug, I don't remember the job being advertised so do you know for sure applicants weren't lining up. I also don't remember seeing anywhere that prospective candidtates went going public on turning down an offer. Also Fergie, O'neill, Wenger et al, don't take the job for granted even though they are in rock solid positions. Sure we had some assistants turn us down, however, didn't I read somewhere that Brighton had over 60 applicants for the job down the road (I may have that wrong) I am not advocating the following guys but do you not think that Poyet, Brian Robson, Peter Reid, Fergies lad (being lined up for the Hull job) would not have come. Theres plenty more names around who offer more than Hart, who would take the job. I am know we are in a mess, but part of a managers challenge is to turn things around. Look at Clough at Notts Forest and Derby. As is often said we are a smashing club with great support a well selected candidate could do wonders for us. Unfortunatly we don't always get what we deserve.
    15/11/2009 18:55:00
    I think Hart is lucky to be at Pompey because he has to be one of the worst managers in Pompey history. If Pompey weren't in such a state I am pretty sure he wouldn't have been let near the first team. I think Paul Harts efforts will be in vain and we will be relegated and then Pompey might wake up and we may get a decent manager again.
    15/11/2009 19:44:00
    The thing is, Hart knows that he only got the job because Pompey were/are skint. Even if the club had wanted an outsider it just wasn't possible due to lack of finance. And that didn't start with Hart, it was the same with Tony Adams, who no doubt felt exactly the same. I'm not over enamoured with him as a manager, but one things for sure, you can't blame the bloke for grabbing the job when it was offered. He must have felt all his Christmases had come at once. How long he will last, who knows. I'm sure there are some nervous fingers hovering over the trigger amongst the power brokers. Especially with Grant hovering in the background. He wasn't brought in just to make up the numbers. As I've said before, I'm hoping, willing him to pull off a fairy tale ending and succeed. But in the hard nosed business that is Premier League football, fairy tales don't cut much ice. Watch this space.....
    15/11/2009 21:03:00
    The only thing I would say cornypomp is how are they paying Aram Grant. He hasn't come without a salary. Put Harts salary and Avrams together you have a decent managers salary. You did say power brokers at Pompey didn't you, glad you still have a sense of humour. Actually they are ex-clowns from Chipperfields Circus. All they are capable of is re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
    15/11/2009 22:19:00
    it has always seemed highly likely, whatever the likes of storrie say, that grant has been bought in to take over at some point as it is, regardless of what we think - if others were interested, which i still doubt tbh - hart is the manager so we just back him, right?
    15/11/2009 22:19:00
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