Date:Friday December 7 2007
I admit that I would not want Joe Jordan to be the next Scotland boss as he is doing such a top job with Pompey, so even though he has ruled out the speculation linking himself with the job I am glad.
The fact that he has been linked, even if it is only 'speculative' does highlight what a top job he is doing at Pompey, so this is why I am taking a moment to give somewhat of an 'unsung hero' a mention.
All to often it is said 'what a great job Harry Redknapp and Tony Adams are doing at Pompey' with it often forgotten what a bang up job Jordan is also doing!
Since arriving at the club he has been fantastic, and much to his credit when Redknapp momentarily 'lost his faculties' to have his brief 'sabbatical' unlike others around him Jordan did not follow, he stayed with us and when things got desperate he did all he could to help try to turn things around.
He was outspoken with his honesty when he took over in a caretaker capacity that 'we weren't good enough' and desperately needed someone who could turn things around, so I do not think we can underestimate the part he played in helping get Redknapp back here too.
The work that he had done has continued since Redknapp has returned, and along with Adams the 3 have taken Pompey from strength to strength.
Jordan also performs a fantastic job with the 'media relations' he performs, often stepping in for Redknapp when he cannot or will not talk to certain areas of the media - much like he did in Redknapp's recent absence at the pre Villa game press conference, I think he was making a point wasn't he fellas...
Joe Jordan was a fantastic footballer and although on the whole as a manager in his own right things might not have been great for him, as a coach you do not come across many better and I would not be without him for one minute.
Links, albeit tentative ones with the Scotland job took a while in coming, but I do not think that they are unwarranted at all - thankfully though from our point of view this is not going to happen, but to have not one, but two of our management set-up linked with international jobs recently is another sign of the way things are going with Pompey.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
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