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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...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 25 2009

Time: 9:00AM

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Surely the players realised that we are bottom of the league, and a manager sacking was likely? I'm sure whoever comes in will be good enough to command some respect from the players. Mark Jacobs has said that it's not true that Grant has been ruled out, and that his work permit is due tomorrow. (I hope that's not like the transfer ban that was due to be lifted by the end of last week/the week before/the week before that). http://www.eatsleepsport.com/portsmouth/pompey-chief-denies-grant-snub-980849.html
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25/11/2009 09:25:00

no-one could get more commitment out of them. So if theres to be any improvement, we would need to see a manager who could set up the players in a more organised way. and for that, we would need someone with premiership experiance. and please, not Alan Curbishly!
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25/11/2009 09:29:00

If he gets his w/p I bet AG will be named as manager after the MU match.
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25/11/2009 09:33:00

Yeah...I'd say that's pretty nailed on myself. I can't see any other reason Grant was brought in for, other than the replacement of Hart. He's gonna have a tough job on his hands though..that's for sure
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25/11/2009 09:45:00

Prince Boateng has now chipped in his two-penneth, saying he feels that Hart's sacking is unfair, especially as the players just go home, and its the manager that gets sacked. Is that a recognition of the part he played himself, with that poorly taken penalty at Stoke?
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25/11/2009 10:38:00

Paul Hart got a great deal out of the players he was given, but I think most of us know that the squad is not up to the standard required in the Premiership. In the first match of the season 4-5 of the players had only just met each other ! However, had we scored the penalty against Stoke he might still be in the job now, it was a shocker. We cannot get better players until at least Jan 2010, and by then we could be adrift at the bottom of the league. I do not see any potentila "miracle workers" available amongst the potential manager's. Because we are "blues" we'll support then whatever happens, but it does not look good at all right now. JMA
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25/11/2009 13:36:00

Macca what a great footballing gezer he is! Brilliant on the quay top quality, the bloke talks real football sense.
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25/11/2009 15:15:00

A footballer would have to be really naive not to expect the Manager wad going to get the sack. If we get a fancy name in, then chances are we will have a war chest for January. There must be some very jittery Pompey players at the moment, which is a shame really cos they have all worked SO hard.
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