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Pompey's 'Hart' of Youth

Former Nottingham Forrest manager Paul Hart has been appointed director of youth operations at Portsmouth. This is an important step towards the future of our club as we play catch-up with other premiership teams.

Peter Storrie said:

'Sacha Gaydamak wants the best and he asked myself and Harry to find the best. We approached Paul and he was only too pleased to get back to what he believes he does best, which is working with young players. He's got an unbelievable track record with youth football and the final piece of the jigsaw, as far as we're concerned, is now in place."

'The club is committed to developing a solid foundation for the future based on home-grown talent and there is no-one better at doing that than Paul.'

Former Forest manager Hart said:

'Portsmouth is a club that has big ambitions for the future. I've been very impressed by the club's plans both on and off the field, and a successful Academy and youth operation will play a big part in that.'

Ninety percent of fans think it`s crucial that Portsmouth invest in a youth academy.

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Date:Tuesday March 20 2007

Time: 1:00PM

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n.kranjcar wants to leave portsmouth
andy croat 27
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20/03/2007 14:45:00

i think this is a very good appointment. Its about time we had someone like this in charge of the kids. here's to out title winning side of 2016?
The Rabbi
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20/03/2007 15:28:00

not sure he will be too missed andy
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20/03/2007 18:16:00

more like 2116 rabbi, i didnt think hart was such a big hit at forest or have i got that wrong
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20/03/2007 18:17:00

It's about time we sorted our future development, good to see steps being made... Hart wasn't such a success as manager of Forest, in the end anyway, but wasn't he successful behind the scenes helping with their youth development before becoming manager seeing them produce a lot of talent?
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20/03/2007 20:00:00

As for Niko I have to say I think losing him would be bad for Pompey as he's a wonderful talent that will go onto bigger things than us eventually. Let's not make him one of these we throw away to lightly. Plus he can't be judged if he doesn't play can he russellm... Lets be honest he hasn't been given much of a chance. He's looking better the more I see of him, thought he was OK at the weekend, his delivery was superb...
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20/03/2007 20:03:00

Hart is a good choice. Give the the tools & we may attract & produce the future talent the scummers have.
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20/03/2007 21:35:00

to russellm... in last match, for me, he made some good offensive opportunity for kanu and benjani... he is still young player and for me he don't have often enough chances like against reading for 90 minutes on the pitch
andy croat 27
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21/03/2007 07:09:00

hope its not true about niko, he has struggled a bit with the physical side of things, but will adjust sooner rather than later
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21/03/2007 07:35:00

I already think Niko is well on the way to adjusting, he's beginning to show that he has a lot of talent, given the chance to play i think he'd soon be supplying the ammunition to the strikers that has been missing for so long this season.
Steve C
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21/03/2007 14:01:00


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