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Pompey confirm Hart sacking

Pompey confirm Hart sacking

No sooner had I put my article up, after texts and phone-calls, The Pompey Site confirmed that Paul Hart has indeed been sacked.

Like I said on the other article I am genuinely sorry for the guy, although in my heart of hearts I think it was coming and is probably the right call even if I am very surprised that we left it a couple of days after Stoke...

More surprising though are 'claims' that Avram Grant IS NOT taking over, with Darren Ferguson a name that is being pushed further forward?

The following statement was issued...


Hart Leaves Pompey

Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that Paul Hart has been relieved of his duties as first-team manager.

The decision has been made reluctantly by the board and is based on results that leave the club at the bottom of the Premier League.

Paul was offered the role of technical director, developing players from the ages of 18-21, but declined the position.

The club plans to announce a replacement very quickly and until that time the players will be led by first team coaches Paul Groves and Ian Woan.

Chief executive Peter Storrie said: "Paul has worked under very difficult circumstances with the financial restrictions the club has faced since he took over.

"However, the board feels that the team should have accrued more points to date and that we need a new man in charge to ensure Premier League survival.

"The board would like to thank Paul for his work not only in keeping the club in the Premier League last season but also for his time in charge of youth development.

"Paul is a man of great dignity and we hoped he would stay and help us develop younger players on the fringes of the first team. We are genuinely sad to see him leave. Everyone at the club wishes him well for the future."

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Date:Tuesday November 24 2009
Time: 6:14PM


the official word is he was sacked, or 'relieved of his duties', others say he walked away?
so, if grant is not taking over who is? ferguson jnr?
24/11/2009 18:21:00
any chance of the 3rd coming of Arry?
24/11/2009 18:25:00
in a word, 'NO'...
24/11/2009 18:27:00
"The club plans to announce a replacement very quickly and until that time the players will be led by first team coaches Paul Groves and Ian Woan." Has AG not got his work permit? I would have thought he was the obvious choice to take control - even if only temporarily.
24/11/2009 18:28:00
Who do you guys want as your new manager and who do you think you will end up with? Your report mentions the same name that I have heard which is Darren Ferguson, which would seem to fit in with his mysterious departure from Peterborough United the other week. Would he be a popular choice with you fans?
24/11/2009 18:47:00
I really feel this is the right decision, but that doesn't mean I'm not sorry to see him go. He did keep us up last season and he has had very difficult circumstances to contend with. Nonetheless, something had to happen, and it was getting overdue. Its a shame he didn't want to stay on and develop the youth, because that appeared to be where his strengths did lie. Good luck to PH in whatever he does now. And good luck to whoever comes in - I'd be suprised if it isn't Grant tbh.
24/11/2009 18:48:00
I'm so split on this decision. I feel sorry for him because he's done a job that nobody else wanted to do, he got on with it despite having his hands tied behind his back and he did it without us being humiliated. But on the otherhand this is a result driven business and at the rate we're going we would be lucky to end the season with 15 points. Onwards and upwards - hopefully.
24/11/2009 18:49:00
Well Rug, after all your angst in your article concerning Harty, the decisions been made. Whoever steps in has got his work cut out, that's for sure. Very surprised it's not been an automatic for Grant though, I must say.
24/11/2009 18:49:00
i am sorry for hart, very sorry - but we had no option...
i just hope that whoever comes in, and it will surely be grant, comes in with a winning mentality and can push the guys on to attack alittle more with conviction...

fergie has done well with peterborough and mk dons but it just seems too much of a risk and the arrival of grant back along would seem totally bizarre? in all honesty most of us only EVER saw him taking over eventually, which begs the question if times are so hard WHY were we paying him and hart, surely we sohuld be saving money or using it for playing personnel?
24/11/2009 18:52:00
Another chapter in the Pompey soap, there were rumblings that Stoke was his last chance, I think he was never a lucky manager, something we could do with right now, what is Peter Taylor up to?
24/11/2009 19:03:00
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