Pompey v Coventry - the Coventry view
Ahead of the game against Coventry this weekend, I had the opportunity to ask a few questions to one of the editors on Vital Coventry.
Here are his responses:
Like Pompey, you have entrusted a relatively inexperienced manager to take charge of you club in Andy Thorn. Given that you have the benefit of 7 months foresight of how this has panned out, do you think that it has been a wise move?
Thorn has been a breath of fresh air in many ways, giving youngsters their chance and sticking to his principles of playing attractive football. Could an experienced manager have done any better with the current group of players given the financial constraints? It's very hard to say.
After such a poor season, do you feel that a change in manager is necessary to turn the club around, or can/will the club give Thorn more time?
I would be surprised to see Thorn axed because he remains popular with the supporters, unlike the board/owners and as I said before it's hard to say whether anyone else could do better.
Based on your performances this season, would you say that your current league position is a fair assessment on the football that you have been playing?
The football has generally been good but lacking where it matters most, up front. That has placed a massive strain on the defence. We should have closed out a couple of games where we were leading going into stoppage time but generally we are where people expected.
Do you feel that the financial problems experienced by the club in 2007, including dicing with administration still looms over the club, forcing the manager to have to work with younger and cheaper alternatives rather than being able to bring in bigger names?
2007 was the culmination of years of bad management which still hangs over the club and which the current owners have been unable to change. Thorn has enjoyed bringing the youngsters through and by and large they have done a great job, better than some of the experienced players.
Looking at your current squad, it boasts a lot of homegrown talent, with only 1 player from outside the UK or Ireland. Who would you say is your biggest threat and the player Pompey should be wary of going into Saturday's game.
Lukas Jutkiewicz will give his defender a good workout over the 90 minutes, new loan signing Gary Gardner looked dangerous on his debut breaking from midfield.
Finally, what is your prediction for the match?
A long overdue away win for the Sky Blues, 2-1.
Some great answers there, many thanks for helping out with those. Looking forward to the match and a return to football after the roller coaster ride that has been this week.
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