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Appy has left the building

Appy has left the building

Well, there you go, Pompey are back on the two steps forward, three steps back dance routine, with the news that the trust takeover is getting closer, Appy ups sticks and goes to the golden mile on the lancashire coast.

It was no surprise in the end, family was in Preston, he is a northern lad and no doubt sick of treading water at Pompey as we wait for some sort of stability.
Last night's 'I've had no contact with Blackpool' was obviously absolute bull, but to be fair I feel this was the first time he has not been upfront with us in his year in charge.

Appy leaves us still swirling round in circles, not his fault of course, how many of the players remain after January arrives is any bodies guess, he made some decent signings in his time, what probably frustrated was his lack of tactical nous at times, players out of position and the Scott Allan situation at the weekend all pointed to a naivety at times.

What lies in store for us next is any bodies guess, from a fans point of view I would like a more outwardly passionate man in charge now, I thank Appy for his efforts and wish him the best for the future, bring on the next man to the Pompey merry go round.

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Date:Wednesday November 7 2012
Time: 9:32PM


I have said before he has played the publicity game and the fans for fools, notably over the ownership battle . The fact is it was well known that he'd been too outspoken about Chan and had no real trust in the trust. I think Rug wrote an article saying the same; we both queried him being the manager at Christmas. I guess I knew the answer in a cold North Stand the other night; it was evident something was wrong on the pitch and on the bench. Appy made some tactical errors on and off the pitch and we were used as a training school- all that said I'd like to see what he could do with a bit of stability and players who had come to stay. The man stuck it out longer than most would - Guy will no doubt puck up the reins in the short term but where do we find a manager who is ready, willing, able and above all cheap.
07/11/2012 22:23:00
We don't get another manager till the trust or joint venture involving trust etc takes over. Let guy hold the reins he is Pompey, he will look after us, then, if he doesn't want it, then we look for someone new. One thing at a time, slowly and properly. As for last night, you could see every player was not at the game, each probably wondering where it leaves them, and Appy made some poor decisions, so also head and heart in different counties. Never mind, onwards and upwards, we are Pompey, we dust ourselves off and move on.
07/11/2012 23:02:00
And for those who say Appy was not approached till today? According to earlier sky reports he had initial contact with them Sunday, so didn't tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
07/11/2012 23:04:00
Midge none of them do - but neither do the clubs; seems critical to the way football functions. Appy probably felt it was for TB to announce a formal approach. Also I don't believe Appy was under an enforceable contract so I don't know what if any fee will be payable. Pool have certainly stated they haven't paid anywhere near £200k; perhaps they aren't telling the truth either but ......
08/11/2012 07:08:00
sometimes thr truth is how you interpret it.his Agent may have have met with BFC on sunday... Well two years go i predicted we would be in Lg 1 with Martin Allen as manager... To Be Honest he ain gonna Leave Gills whilst they are top for a club in the state we are in. WE will have to have an Out Of Work manager may be Clarridge...HR for spell number 3..I think not. Guy for now, and Alan Mc when he is better would do for me
plymouth graham
08/11/2012 07:18:00
Just when you think you can trust someone, eh? What exactly was the problem with saying, "I've been approached for the Blackpool job." That's fine and proper. "I'm in the dark" or "There's been no contact with Blackpool" is not. 'That's just football' is no excuse, either; that's possibly why football is seen for exactly what it is: immoral. and corrupt. I've had enough of this now; Tuesday evening was an all time low for me (yes, worse than relegations et al) The manager was rubbish, the players were rubbish and the couldn't pass. shoot. head the ball, defend, attack - you get the idea. Appleton is majorly to blame for this and I wonder why we ever were so desperate to keep him. The players seem scared stiff of getting injured and may be a result of the short contracts or the imminent departure of the manager or the likelihood of relegation. I don't know. I just know that these players can't cope in this league against the Oldham/Brentford style of play and never will. Yes, we will 'dust ourselves off' but each time we get ground into the dirt a bit more of the Pompey Passion is rinsed off in the mud.
08/11/2012 08:28:00
Not a lot more to add really. I was getting increasingly sickened by his "Unsure of his future" mantra. He knew exactly what he was up and yet lied right up until the end. As I said said yesterday, just like so many others in football these days he had the "integrity of a wasp"... I'm glad he's gone now, let's move on... PUP
08/11/2012 10:32:00
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