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Paul Hart says Farewell!

As expected Paul Hart has rejected the post of Technical Director after being relieved of the post of First Team manager.

In a statement released to Sky Sports News Hart said 'I would like at this time to thank all of the supporters and players for the backing they have given during my time at Portsmouth Football Club. The speed of recent events, though, has been somewhat surprising and I am naturally disappointed not to be able to continue in the role at Portsmouth Football Club."

Unfortunately I do not believe that having been the manager of Portsmouth Football Club I will be able to return to the youth-team role that has been offered to me by the club and it is with deep regret that my time with Portsmouth Football Club has now come to an end. However, I look forward to a return to management in the near future.'

Certainly that was to be inevitable as it would be almost impossible for Hart to work under a new manager and perhaps illustrates that the move should have been made in the summer when he was still a caretaker but of course other events at that time prevented it.

So another chapter in Pompey's long history closes and all we should say is 'thanks for your efforts Paul and good luck for the future.'


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Writer: eastneydave Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 26 2009

Time: 8:55PM

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A huge THANK YOU Paul; from one of the few people who believed in you and hoped you would stay on. Good luck and thank you again.
Pompey Malta
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26/11/2009 21:08:00

So is Uncle Avi next in line?
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26/11/2009 21:09:00

He certainly is emigre - starts on Saturday with Man Utd as visitors to Fratton.
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26/11/2009 21:21:00

Thank you and good luck Paul, its sad hes not staying with us, hes a great bloke.
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26/11/2009 22:07:00

Roll on next Winter when we'll have yet another new manager to look forward to. YAWN.
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26/11/2009 22:26:00

cheers paul, appreciate you efforts - and i really do mean this. i think it probably was the right time for you to say goodbye but i cannot help but think, infact we KNOW, the club have treated you bloody awfully as it seems we have done exactly what was expected upon grant's arival, replaced you with him at the first opportunity - it is more than a tad convienient that grant is appointed when his permit comes through...

i would have been delighted had he stayed on as youth coach, this is where his real quality lies, but we lost this the minute you took the job on a temporary basis in the first place.

PLEASE do not pitch up at spurs tho...
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26/11/2009 22:31:00

Sadly he will though Rug! mark my words.
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26/11/2009 23:35:00

Big thanks to Paul. He's steered us through some pretty choppy times and was none too sloppy about it. Good fodder for a book in the future though
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27/11/2009 03:03:00

...and this is why he should NEVER have been made manager. He is THE BEST youth directer in the country, and we threw him away, becuase we couldn't be bothered to find a new manager. Gutted.
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27/11/2009 08:15:00

I'm not a Pompey fan but I feel gutted for Hart. The absolute chaos that guy has had to contend with from the boardroom- two convoluted takeovers, having to sell 15 players, only being allowed to buy any replacements on August 27th, Chief Exec facing bird, then having to try and get those players to gel. It's brilliant isn't it, when the very people in the boardroom who have made his job impossible then hand his arse to him on a plate. The cheek they have, they must need wheelbarrows for their *********. From a neutral perspective, it looked like the likes of Dindane and Piquionne were just beginning to hit form too. I just don't get what the board expects Grant to do differently when all the problems are upstairs? I hope Pompey don't go down but with a boardroom like that, I'm afraid it's got relegation written all over it.
Little Dutch
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27/11/2009 08:23:00

Carps....you are spot on. I remember the discussions we had in the forum predicting the outcome. We should have all put some money on it. End up at Spurs?.....watch this space I guess.
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27/11/2009 09:14:00

The Board should hold their heads in shame for what they've put PH through. He was the only spec of decency during that dark period. Good post Little Dutch.
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27/11/2009 09:48:00

Thank you for putting up with mess, Paul. He has done better than I expected at assembling a squad and a team that plays reasonable football. But it is a 'results business'. Perhaps the main thing missing was a good assistant.
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27/11/2009 09:50:00

I can understand him not wanting the youth job, but still a great shame to lose him. Our club is such a shambles, only thing that seems to remain strong and true is the fans. Good luck to PH and thanks for taking on the impossible with us, and for keeping us up.
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27/11/2009 09:59:00

when will somebody tell the truth. The players will always keep it zipped, but the non playing staff and coaches are jumping for joy! now he has gone
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27/11/2009 11:11:00

we cant say paul didnt try. He clearly felt like he needed a move so he hasrejected the position offered to him farewell paul you will be remembered
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27/11/2009 11:25:00

Yeah...but will he be remembered for the right reasons?
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27/11/2009 13:18:00

I sure hope he'll (Uncle Avi) have good impact. Good luck this Saturday!
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27/11/2009 14:35:00

A man of dignity and honour. Thank you.
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27/11/2009 16:12:00

He was the only decent thing about Pompey. I am very sorry to see him go. Little Dutch has just about got it bang on.
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28/11/2009 00:42:00


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