Webber and Macca on Hart's departure
Danny Webber, on Tuesday evening when talking to sky sports, became the first Pompey player to comment on Paul Hart's departure...
He said that he 'first heard of it on sky sports' and it came as a 'massive shock' to him as: 'Paul was at training today and everything was as normal as usual. I don't think any of the players saw this coming at all.'
I think that a 'few' probably did see it coming I am afraid Danny...
Webber also said: 'I am sad to hear Paul has gone as I myself and all the lads have been impressed with the work he was doing and how he conducted himself.
'I don't think anyone would have any bad words to say about him.'
Regardless as to who takes over, and lets make no bones about it they have a MIGHTY job on their hands, he says the squad will give them their full backing: 'I have no idea who the new manager will be, but they will inherit a good, hard-working squad that Paul has left them.
'Whoever the new manager will be it is guaranteed they will have 100 per cent backing from the squad as everyone is determined to climb up the table.'
Whatever we think of Hart, or the players, I do not think that any of us can doubt that they were very much on his side so lets just hope that this support was NOT just for the manager bus also for the club and the fans.
If so, lets also hope that this support will continue under the new manager - who can also 'hopefully' get a little more from them, not in terms of effort or commitment, we could not ask for more, but in terms of that final end product...
Another Pompey personality, we at least a former Pompey personality with an opinion was Alan McLoughlin.
He, like so many of us, was of the opinion that Hart has done just about all he could under extremely tough circumstance but 'things haven't gone great recently. It's about staying in the Premier League and obviously the club feels now that a change is needed.'
Macca would go for Avram Grant himself, so it 'surprises him' that Grant is 'apparently' out of the equation: 'I'm quite surprised that Avram Grant does not seem to be in the equation to take over as manager. Paul has done as best as he can but the team hasn't got that cutting edge and it's a points game.
'The players have done the best they can for him. There was a unity and strong bond between the players and Paul but sometimes in professional football it doesn't gel and it just hasn't worked recently.'
He also feels that 'there will be takers out there and I suspect the club will go for experience, someone who has got a Premiership pedigree' as 'there's only one way to go and that's up.'
I sincerely hope that there are 'takers' out there for this job, and we ARE in a position to think about this long enough to ensure that we make the right appointment, with us not having to think 'cheap' or 'easy' - and we can think 'right' about it.
Although in all honesty some of the names that I might 'prefer' are almost certainly names that are beyond us...
PLAY UP POMPEY!