Date:Thursday May 20 2010
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?
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Thursday May 20 2010
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