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Alain Perrin football genius

During his time with Pompey Alain Perrin was quite possibly the worst manager Pompey have ever had. He bought in an endless supply of poor quality players that were not up to the task or were not committed to the challenge - as well as letting others go that should never have been allowed to leave the club.

In light of a likely switch from Sochaux to Lyon I thought I would share some pearls of wisdom from Perrin. His first, the post match reaction to the opening day defeat of the 2005/06 season - his first full season in charge at Pompey, or so he thought - set the tone.

'I know my team can play better because we were better in pre-season, but we didn't create enough chances in the second half,' after the 2-0 defeat to Spurs at home.

'It was always difficult for us after we lost the first goal so early on and although we weren't very good in the first half, we improved in the second,' after the 2-1 defeat to West Brom away.

'We had many chances and could have scored more goals, I think we were unlucky,' after the 1-1 draw with Villa at home.

'We need to keep the ball when we move it forward, which is something we found difficult to do here,' after the 2-1 defeat to Man City away.

'We deserved to win and had a lot of chances to score but had no success,' after the 1-1 draw with Birmingham at home.

'I'm a little disappointed because we led 1-0 but we have won a point against a good team', after the 1-1 draw with Boro away.

'We started very well and had many chances to score in the first half. I think we forgot to play, we stopped playing, there was no movement,' after the 2-1 defeat to Charlton at home.

'We just have to play better if we want to win. It was not a good day,' after the 2-0 defeat to Wigan at home.

'We did not play well in the first half but we were better in the second half,' after the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool away - his last match in charge.

Something of a reoccurring theme there wasn't there, so much of the time with Perrin it was 'if onlys' or 'if that had happened,' simple truth was he was not right for Pompey - arguably English football in general despite his success in France, something he continued with Sochaux this season when he won the French cup!

One thing that can never be taken away from Perrin though is the fact that he managed Pompey to arguably our greatest ever victory - certainly the most satisfying - the famous 4-1 victory over Southampton that helped to see them relegated, for that we will always thank Perrin!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 30 2007

Time: 9:02AM

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perrin was never right for pompey but i still wish him well for the future - he will be remembered forever for the 4-1 win over scumhapmton tho won't he... my personal favourite from his post match quotes
'I know my team can play better because we were better in pre-season, but we didn't create enough chances in the second half,' after the 2-0 defeat to Spurs at home.
pre season is almost always easy tho...
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30/05/2007 09:10:00

Perrin's downfall was certainly in the choice of player he brought in / let go. I think he must have been quite badly advised - wasn't Pleat supposed to be helping him adapt to the Prem? How can he be allowed to bring in players of the quality of Mbesuma or Vukic and expect them to be suitable for the Prem? I quite liked his style and tactically he was never afraid to throw on a couple of forwards when needed or to play attacking football. We were also quite unlucky with that first defeat at home to Spurs - the first goal I think was very unlucky - Richard Hughes OG? But as mentioned beating scum and keeping us up was just great but ultimately he set back our team by about 2 or 3 seasons.
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30/05/2007 09:43:00

from that point of view pleat did not help him at all - but pleat is a muppet anyway isn't he... it was a griffin o.g against spurs i think - hughes scored his against villa shortly after... if perrin had picked up the right players things might have been different, but as he didn't he certainly set us back - not that all his signings were bad tho - i still think priske was unlucky to be shown the door and viafara was a better player than 'arry thought, these two suffered the 'we are not 'arry's boys' treatment didn't they...
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30/05/2007 10:02:00

True, more could have been made out of Viafara and Priske was a capable fullback, worthy certainly of being a decent squad player. Remember when 'arry came back and against Chelsea away when he fielded mostly Perrin's players as if to say - we're gonna lose anyway but look at this rabble I inherited?
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30/05/2007 10:26:00

only a JCL would think Perrin is the worst manager we've ever had the guy was never given a chance, was never given the funds to replace those sold by MM and had to make do with Zajec's useless scouting network instead of his own. (he brought Drogba to Marseille for 3.5m, a year later he was flogged for almost 25) His change in training style was never gonna go well with Redknapp's lazy freeloaders either (STEF STEF STEF STEF) I'll remember the guy for two of the most enjoyable home games of my Pompey supporting life and Everton away (thats how you play away from home twitchy).
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30/05/2007 12:25:00

LeonardHatred if perrin was given much more of a chance we would not be in the premiership now it is that simple - maybe we would be returning to at we speak, but would more than likely have dropped out of it at the end of 2005/06 instead of making the great escape... i would not agree that only a 'johnny come lately' would only view perrin as our worse manager at all - this is a matter of opinion anyway - some will feel he was, others will not... on the subject of 'jcl's' how do you define a 'jcl' mate - how recently is too recently in your opinion then?
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30/05/2007 13:25:00

Perrin was after all another Pompey Manager that it is easy to bag when gone. Sure his record was not great but the team didn't stand up for him on a consistent basis. Yes he was at the helm when we walloped 'Arry's Scum but that is also down to the players on the day and they didn't keep repeating that dedication. Let him go free and don't make him the scapegoat, ask yourself 'could you have done a better job with that lot'....I am glad we have Harry but move on don't blame Reggie. Remember we almost got relegated with Harry and 12M spent on players to survive. Football fans are fickle and I just hope we don't bag Harry if we lose our opening 4 games next season ?????
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30/05/2007 14:00:00

true, i think that maybe i was a tad harsh with my title of this article and maybe by saying he was quite possibly the worst manager we have ever had, again harsh. he wasn't our worst manager was he - lets be honest - we have had far worse... perrin is a quality manager, his record in france speaks for itself - both before and after pompey - he was just around at the wrong time perhaps? but lets look to the future now not the past...
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30/05/2007 15:57:00

Portsmouth and Fans weren't ready for Perrin, i believe that he would've done a good job given the right backing but as frequently has been the case in the past that support wasn't there. Really pleased to see him doing a great job now though.
Steve C
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30/05/2007 16:58:00

Never quite got the hang of it over here. Goes to prove no matter what your track record abroad the EPL is something else. Just goes to prove how lucky we are to have Harry.
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30/05/2007 20:46:00


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