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Even MORE good news...perhaps?

John Utaka being 'available' is good news, even though this can be debatable...

Players NOT being sold before the semi final, assuming this does prove the case, is certainly good news!

Although, on what I had previously described as 'good news day', the 'suggestion' from The News that Avram Grant IS preparing to remain as Pompey manager next season is also further good news, right?

The News 'claim' that 'sources close to Grant' have indicated that he is keen to stay as our manager next season having fallen in love with the club and the loyal fans.

In all honesty I MUST admit that I have been somewhat 'perplexed' by some of Grant's tactical decisions over the months, and would be lying if I said otherwise - although the guy is a 'genuine bloke' and 'gets it' doesn't he.

All in all though in the most recent weeks his hands have been tied big time, so he has not really had a lot of option to play with has he.

So, assuming he does stay, and also assuming he WILL be given the chance to actually build his own side, moulding it as he wants and setting it up as he wants - of course he WILL NOT be handed much money, and anyone expecting otherwise is deluded! - then why not?

This would offer us some stability and continuity, this would also - I would think - see some of the 'out of contract' and/or loan players stay with the club next season, even if this meant taking a large pay cut, well it would mean doing this...

Of course until we hear this from the horses mouth - so to speak, and this is 'officially' expressed it is nothing more than 'media speculation,' although it makes a change to see this as 'positive' speculation for a change!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 30 2010

Time: 11:20AM

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I suppose no manager can stay popular forever (especially nowadays) but I think he's proper brilliant, like.
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30/03/2010 11:53:00

I'm not excited about him staying, but on the other hand I don't know anyone of quality who would want to replace him.
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30/03/2010 12:42:00

fantastic manager and with his connections in the transfer market i honestly think he could be the one to get us back up, thats IF we have the money and do it properly this time of course!
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30/03/2010 13:03:00

He's proved he's 'one of us' as far as I'm concerned. Tactics wise, if you asked 18,000 of us what tactics we should use, you'd get 18,000 different answers. I think he's doing what he thinks best with what he has available.
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30/03/2010 13:25:00

I agree Lemmi, I don't think he has really had a chance yet.
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30/03/2010 14:29:00

he will only stay though if the right owner comes in and gives him some cash and backing to get us promoted again....
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30/03/2010 14:59:00

as said i do think that tactically, at times, he could and maybe even should have done things differently but he is most certainly 'one of us' and for that i think he warrants the chance to build his own side and be judged on that...
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30/03/2010 15:17:00

Rug, I agree and it's something I have maintained and queried from his day one. This query regarding his management is not new from me; would he be much different from Hart tactically? Although I was crying out for him to replace Hart sooner. It was negativity that ultimately cost him his chelski job; seemed harsh giving he got them to a final. unless we bought Drigba, Lamps and Terry I am not sure we would have stayed up in anycase, there are too many lost points not to question his tactics though. Still a proper gent he is!
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30/03/2010 16:03:00

In my point of view, no supporter can really judge tactically an experienced manager that led a team for it first CL final(as the better side, that lose just for bad luck). What Grant gave to Chelsea, even mourinho couldn't give and capello even wasn't close and no one judge them. So if AG agreed to go on and lead pompey, because he really love the club and the fans, it should be a delight for any reasonable pompey fan. And like no one here would judge capello for his tactics, because chelsea owned very early in the CL stage, so of course that we have to admire a manager that went all the way to the CL final(and if you all remember the game against manu, Avram's chelsea was better than Ferguson's manu with ronaldo and roonie all together and not many managers in the world could have achieve that, right?) and without being tactically and strategically one of the best, it couldn't happend, right?
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30/03/2010 16:09:00

i judge and question the tactics of managers all the time, pompey and otherwise - i am a football fan so i have a right to, but at the end of the day THEY do the job and not me...
one thing i do not understand tho alonrose, are we refering to capello with england?
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30/03/2010 16:13:00

One should not forget, that AG came to the club right at the momment that the club tottaly collapsed(if he was the manager since the beginning of the year, prior to the momment that all cards been taken, pompey was with 10 more points) and in my point of view, the fact that the club still won games and more amazingly, reach to the cup half final, is something that no reasonable man can understand, because it's contradict all the psychology books that ever been written - a)you are promised to get players - but players been taken from you. b)many of the rest injured. c)you know that 9 points gone. d)you have nothing to play for, but your pride. / But still this team show a great spirit - no other team ever, in a collapsed state of mind, since the beginning of football evolution, was able to reach for wembley, except of pompey. that achievement for a club in a situation of pompey, can be compared just to a regular middle table team that finish 1-4 in the end of the league. one should not forget the status of current pompey.
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30/03/2010 16:32:00

Pompeyrug - my mistake, i referred to Ancelotti of course. (thanks:) And of course you can judge all the time - but take in mind that when AG got the right tools, he is leading for an example in personal combats against benitez 4-0(as the manager of chelsea and 5-1 tottal), i don't remember the stats agains wegner, but he was much better than him as well(in team against team combats) and he wasn't inferior against ferguson as well(as the manager of chelsea). His stats in the league since he managed chelsea, is equal to the best year of mourinho at chelsea and in the CL, there is no comparison to him in the history of chelsea(one should take im mind that he got chelsea from mourinho, just after it was spotted 6 in the league ans was very close to leave the champs in it early stages and changed things around amazingly, when he got the tools). That's why i'm saying, that he is the best asset, the club have now days, if a manager in his scale will stay, as well as his very strong personality, like any top notch team, it even may make investors to believe in this club and who knows, maybe in the longer term, if one can look beyond the blackness of the near future, AG will be able to take pompey to a new level, as he already shown that when he got good enough tools, he can make things come true and he is not falling from any top notch manager and no one can contradict it by the facts on the ground.
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30/03/2010 16:54:00

If you can keep him but that is a big ask. He needs to see a new buyer come in and to see that there are some funds. If he stays you will get back up quicker than if if you don't I would say.
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30/03/2010 20:40:00

I don't care if Avram's tactics have been suspect at times, I'd like to see what he could do if he could get some players in. Remember when Pompey could do that? He's stuck with us when others wouldn't have, he's fallen in love with the club and the supporters and I think its genuine. He is what we need and at least there's someone in a management position at the club that's on our side. I want uncle Avram to stay!
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