Date:Sunday April 22 2012
Ordinarily, following a game, I do a 'reflecting on' article where I share some thoughts of my own on what happened in the game as well as including Appy's post-match thoughts too...
Most of his thoughts were more about the future, and what he wants this to be for both himself and Portsmouth Football Club, so lets look at that instead.
Although first of all this is what he briefly said about the game: 'I thought we did enough to get at least a point, especially after the second-half performance. That's frustrating.
'The penalty was a little bit soft, but if you look deeper into it we had four opportunities to clear the ball beforehand. We didn't clear the ball and got punished for it.'
I thought Jamie Ward took a dive for the penalty and how he was not booked when Derby took the lead, first time round, surprised me as he literally turned to the fans in the North Lower and celebrated in our faces...
Ending the home season with defeat was a shame but in the end it did not make any difference, as most of us suspected it would not have anyway as Bristol City won anyway to confirm our relegation.
With this relegation will come a rebuilding process, once the club is taken over of course, and Appy wants to be the man to lead this and finally stamp his own mark at Fratton: 'I wanted to win the game, but I knew even if we did we would probably be relegated anyway because I expected Bristol City to win.
'The players have given everything and been competitive in all the games we've played apart from the second half against Burnley. They've worked their socks off in the face of so many disappointments but now we've got an opportunity to go and rebuild. And that means rebuilding the infrastructure of the club as well as what's happening on the pitch.'
He has made no secret of the fact that he would not have left West Brom for Pompey had he knew what was in-store for him, and can anyone say that they would have blamed him?
Literally within weeks of his arrival things started to unravel but in a roundabout kind of way he now hopes that he can do what he set out to do when he first arrived: 'I wouldn't have left West Brom as an assistant manager in the Premier League if I didn't think I had the opportunity to build something.
'My original plans were wiped out within about 10 days of me turning up. But maybe this is the opportunity that I was waiting for - but it's just come in different circumstances.
'A lot needs to be changed. We can't cope with the wage structure we have at the minute and something has to give, so players have to leave.
'But we're going to be one of the big fish in League One where I'm sure we'll have fantastic support just like we have this season.'
I am most definitely looking forward to next season all ready - and there will be a next season! - and suspect I will end up doing a large amount, maybe even all of the games!? I am not sure what Trina will make of this though...
Hopefully Appy can be given the proper tools to rebuild this club, he does not need masses of money - and nor would, or should, he be given this anyway! I think he has shown with the players that he has brought in that he can get a decent player in at a good price for us.
If I am honest though I have to say that I am slightly worried he will have his hands tied again somewhat as I have this feeling that we are going to look to come out of administration without a CVA in place...
Whilst this, quite literally, wipes out the debt, for me this is very much 'cheating'. People argue that going into admin in the first place is cheating, but I would argue that toss but I do think that looking to quite literally clear your debt in such a way is wrong.
I could not give a stuff about the likes of Balram Chainrai and Sacha Gaydamak losing their money, but the local - and small - businessman that has stuck by Pompey through thick and thin that would, and could go out of business as a result, I most definitely would feel for!
And of course coming out of admin without a CVA would also mean another points penalty, maybe as 'little' as 15pts or so but as many as 40! If the worse case scenario then we would be looking down the barrel towards league two football (again not something that worries me as such to be honest) before a ball is even kicked next season?
Let me make it clear though these are just 'thinking aloud' thoughts and I have no basis for this as being something that could, or even would, happen of course.
We lost our battle with relegation, now thoughts - after Forest - turn fully to the bigger battle of actually saving this club...
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Date:Sunday April 22 2012
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