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The logical Uncle Avram replacement?

In all honesty Uncle Avram was always going to leave wasn't he? So, was it really a surprise when he announced his resignation this evening?

It does not make it any less upsetting - although, as much as I respect the guy, I cannot sit here and say that I thought he was a 'tactical master,' as with all due respect to the guy I do not think he always was, that said, without actually making personnel changes he could often make a difference with his half time talks.

Uncle Avram was one of us, he had an excellent understanding and relationship with us that I cannot remember a manager having with us for a long time - he would march into battle with each and everyone of us and we knew he meant it.

I have said it before, but will say it again, not since (Sir) Alan Ball has a manager meant as much to me as Avram did. Bally had the love for the fans, and showed us the respect, that Avram did, and that is priceless.

In many ways I cannot help but think West Ham is wrong for him, assuming, as is likely he ends up at Upton Park - they are in their own troubles and I cannot see them, as fans, or the owners having as much patience and time with him as we did. The owners will interfere, they will not be able to help it as they cannot keep our of the limelight...

Whatever though I wish him all the best - thanks for all that you did for us Uncle Avram, you have always acted with dignity and you will be sorely missed.

But, even though this might not be wanted we must move on...

The way I see it the current coaching team, the likes of Paul Groves, Ian Woan, David Coles and Guy Whittingham need to be retained and I think the way forward would be to appoint one of these, maybe a joint management team of Groves and Woan?

Then again keeping them as coaches and appointing David James and/or The Herminator could be another option?

Although I fear that James could well follow Uncle Avram to West Ham, maybe we need to act fast...

For me this form of approach is logical, and makes more sense than appointing from outside.

A manager that comes in will expect things, this is NOT going to happen - we will spend little, or no money, morally given the fact that we are looking to repay our creditors 20p in the £ we SHOULD NOT be looking, or even allowed to spend money really, unless an owner came in and paid off the debts upfront, which is not going to happen.

We are going to have to, on the whole, rely on what we have and the kids coming through will be like new signings - and WHO knows these kids better than anyone?

The likes of Groves, Woan, Coles and Whittingham - hence why these guys have been consulted on who stays and who goes, they have decided who got offered new contracts, so why bother to do this if you are not looking to appoint from within, or at least have them play a part?

These guys know the constraints that they will have to work under, they will be under no illusions as to what they have to play with - the players know these guys so, in theory at least, whoever became the 'head honcho' from any of these would command the respect of those playing under them.

Groves could be worth the go, or Woan, but on second thought maybe we need to give Jamo and/or The Herminator a go.

Yep I know it is a risk, and 'if' it did not work out then we would lose them as players too, then again they are coming towards the end of their careers anyway! Then again what coaching badges do they have, if any?

I am pretty sure that that this way of thinking will not be liked by all, and it has not worked before, but do we really have many other options - realistic options at that?


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 20 2010

Time: 11:37PM

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Well the hope of being able to attract names in the Championship because of Avram has diminished. Even by Championship standards we're a small club, the league's changed an awful lot since we were last there. I really hope Hermann (in particular as I love his spirit) or Jamo get the chance with same backroom staff as before. Without a doubt, next season is going to be as hard, if not harder, than this.
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20/05/2010 23:55:00

It is a big decision that has to be taken and soon too. Players will now be sold - Belhadj, Boateng, Wilson, Utaka etc - and replacements have to be found to enable the new season to start on an even footing which did not happen last term. It was those seven straight defeats that eventually cost us our PL place.
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21/05/2010 09:19:00

If the administrators don't expect a buyer to turn up, we should appoint now.
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21/05/2010 10:16:00

David James is a calculated risk in the same way (except riskier) as Tony Adams was a calculated risk ! We are going to have a very patchy side indeed by championship standards and to further risk a "newby" manager will only increase our likelihood of becoming free-fall experts!!! I would love to see James succeed as a manager (in time) but with Very Very limited resources and a brand new wage cap, perhaps we should be going for a proven championship manager ?
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21/05/2010 13:34:00

James wants the post. If we really want him to stay we should give him the manager post and keep Woan and Groves involved. Hermann will be our captain or vice! And maybe in the coming years we'll have Hermann and James as managers! I can see Hermann the new Bilic!!
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21/05/2010 14:48:00

Hermann Jamo and Linvoy! What a marvellous triumvirate. Might be crap managers but it would be a laugh
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21/05/2010 19:15:00

why would James follow to West Ham? Rob Greene is there and two England Goalies just does go well at one cliub.
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21/05/2010 20:28:00


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