Date:Thursday December 1 2011
A good number of Pompey managers over the years have been faced with Pompey's 'woes', some face this head on and (for lack of a better word) 'embrace it', making the most of it, others tuck tail and head for the hills...
Few though have actually entered the pit with the hopes and dreams of fulfilling a 'long-term vision' intact only to have this snatched away from them in a matter of weeks, as has been the case with Appy.
Being able to plan almost week-to-week, let alone month-to-month, forgetting the 5-year plan, is almost impossible now.
As disappointed as Appy is he, quoted in The News today, knows that all he can do is remain professional, keep plugging away and do his bit to motivate people and get us some results: 'I am obviously disappointed with what has happened because I wanted to have an opportunity to take the club forwards.
'On day one of arriving I mentioned a five-year plan - who knows where we stand with that now?
'It's too early days for me to think too far into the future, though. With everything that has happened, I am literally taking things hour-by-hour and day-by-day at the moment.
'We have been told in the short-term we will be paid and the club will run as normal. What we have not had proper clarification on is what does short-term mean?
'The football club have said they will carry on as normal and do not think points will be deducted. But until there is proper clarification we don't know how that is going to end up either.
'I am manager of the football club and my job is to keep my staff and players focused as best I can over the days, weeks and months.
'All I can do is help people's spirits, assist them in maintaining a positive frame of mind - and winning games.'
Of course he knows that he 'cannot control what happens off the field, that is not my area' but it cannot make it any less disappointing, frustrating, or even heartbreaking for him?
Looking at it from his point of view this was meant to be his big break but if he even has a job, or if we even have a club, come the end of the season is up in the air...
We know that we have 'at least' enough money to see us through until the end of the year - players sales, if we can manage any, could get us through another but at the moment managing to battle on past January is looking a challenge?
That is unless of course we get a new owner again!
Once again though I find it incredibly hard to fathom quite what we have to offer anyone that would look to takeover?!
'If' we can battle through though, and somehow find that owner, then Appy could still fulfil his '5-year plan'.
In the short-term though it will have to be drastically altered, as actually putting any money into the academy side of things and aiding the infrastructure will be problematic, to say the least, but working with the youngsters is something he could actually be forced to do, sooner rather than later...
Some of the youngsters we have at this club could 'probably' offer as much as some of the senior ones, and at a fraction of the cost, the problem is offloading the big earners is not east at all!
There are still so many questions left unanswered but as I say pretty much planning from week-to-week, at best month-to-month, seems all we can do and collecting as many points as we can between now and the time the money runs out is essential with a points penalty down the line highly probably if/when we go into admin again, if we even can though as can you do this if you break the terms of your CVA set out such a short time ago?
This quandary is just one of the many questions that remains unanswered...
The main, and priority one, that needs answering at the moment though and very, very soon though is can we find another new owner?
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Date:Thursday December 1 2011
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