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Pompey's Next Manager ? PFC Gino has his say.

Pompey's Next Manager ? PFC Gino has his say.
Not wanting to detract from Saturday's fantastic result against Manchester City, there is still one issue regarding Portsmouth FC that needs to be resolved. We are still manager-less, so I decided that I would offer up my own verdict on who I think should get the Pompey hotseat!

PFCGino's Pick: Slaven Bilic

A name that has not been banded around all too much, and one that I know some of you disagree with. I honestly think that Slaven Bilic is the best man for the job.

Bilic is a fantastic manager, and for evidence of this you only have to look at his record for Croatia.

Croatia, in my opinion are the Aston Villa of the European football world.

A team that, on paper at least, are nowhere near as good as the heavyweights, but are disciplined enough that they have the ability to beat absolutely anybody.

Bilic took over Croatia from Zlatko Kranjcar (yes, Niko's dad!) in 2006, and immediately went to winning ways, beating Italy 2-0 away from home in a friendly.

Bilic's footballing credentials extended throughout the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, beating England twice and finishing top of the qualifying group. Croatia also enjoyed a mildly successful Euro 2008, unluckily losing to Turkey in a penalty shoot-out, but having the records for fastest goal (4 minutes), fewest conceded (2) and fewest games lost (0).

Bilic's character is also a strong one. In his first competitive match for Croatia, a 0-0 draw against Russia, Bilic famously left out three key members of the first team squad, as punishment for skipping training and general galavanting!

I think that someone of his ability and persona is what we need at Fratton Park. He has a strong relationship with all his players, which in turn creates performances on the pitch. We need someone who is going to rattle the cage, and make the players stand up and actually acknowledge the fact that we are possibly going get relegated - someone needs to inject some passion into the squad!

When Croatia beat England 3-2 at Wembley, Bilic famously said that "you did not score two goals because you had two strikers on the pitch - we were the better team! Wake up!". It is exactly this kind of cocky confidence we need at the club.

I also think that Bilic would have no pressure on him if he came to Portsmouth. We have already been written off by most people in football anyway, so if we go down then nobody will really bat an eyelid. Keep us up however, then he'll be a miracle worker and revered by all.

Curbishley and Eriksson are, to be blunt, boring. Whilst Curbishley did very well at Charlton, what did they ever really win? We have a squad full of internationals, so therefore we need a manager that has experience of managing world-class players.

Which brings me on to Eriksson - I think he`d be the wrong man for the job, because he's passionless. He wouldn't give two hoots about us staying up or winning. The players are ultimately the ones on the pitch, so we need someone to give ALL of them a swift kick up the jacksy, and Sven will not be the one to do this.

I therefore think that Bilic is the best man for the job. He wants to manage in the Premiership and prove himself - so why not Portsmouth?
We are more than capable of staying up, and I think that Bilic is the best man to inject us with enthusiasm again, so that we can get back to being one of the Premiership`s better teams.

What do YOU think ?

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Date:Tuesday February 17 2009
Time: 7:02PM


A very good argument for Bilic Gino although wouldn't we be getting into the same tricky waters that we are encountering with Sven.. i.e. Would Bilic leave Croatia for Pompey ??
17/02/2009 19:19:00
It's a fair argument but like Chix, with the world cup next year, how really is going to walk away from leading their country to come to us. I still belioeve the names are smoke & mirrors by the club to up our status & hope Hart/Kidd pull us out of trouble.
17/02/2009 19:35:00
Bilic has absolutely NO experience of club management. Yes, he has been a successful national coach but, in no small part, to the spirit and sense of national identity imbued in the Croatian team. It's too much of a risk to asume he could replicate this with Pompey. Surely, after the Adams saga, the club should appoint a manager with a PROVEN RECORD of CLUB football. Furthermore, in my humble opinion, although this is nothing to do with his eligability as a coach, I still view Bilic as a cheat - this is how I regard his character, by the way; remember how he got Blanc sent off in the World Cup semi-final, causing Blanc to miss the final? This, for me, says the man lacks or lacked professional integrity and was prepared to cheat to win. It may have been 11 years ago but, for me, it was one of most shameful episodes of cheating in the history of the modern game. Anyway, Sven will be here before the end of February.
17/02/2009 19:41:00
national coach and club manager are two VERY different things. Bilic would probably make a good coach at pompey - however we are looking for a manager - and, after dabbling with inexperiance, we really need someone experianced. Add to that bilic clearly does not care too much for money (compared to other coaches... he is payed almopst nothing!) - and is someone who enjoys football, and has some pride. Let him take croatia to glory at the world cup I say!
17/02/2009 20:29:00
Sorry Gino, no way, not for me, not in a million yeras. We simply must appoint an experienced Premier League manager. Letting someone else cut their teeth with us would be foolhardy. Cant see that happening again, once bitten, twice shy!! As for the passionless Curbs and Ericsson, I saw enough iin a certain no.2 on Saturday to know that the main man just has to know his tactics, Kiddo can do the passion!
17/02/2009 20:42:00
Just hope someone makes a decision sooner rather than later. All this checking for news every day is getting tedious. Saturday is a make or break day isn't it?
17/02/2009 20:49:00
Patience fellas.. I've told you from the start (well before the start actually) SVEN IS ON HIS WAY... I think Bilic has done a god job with Croatia mind.. but I have to agree with Carpet and Tim.. and P4me.. and ... That limb you went out on Gino is looking wobbly ;)
17/02/2009 21:29:00
hammersmith - I think that rather than rushing into something, we shouldn't feel too under pressure to bring someone in. At the moment, we have an experianced man in charge, who guided notingham forest to the play off finals, and we have a very experianced coach, who took man u to the top of the world. OK, hart is best with the youngsters, but he does a good job managing too - so we can afford to wait, and make the right decision.
17/02/2009 21:45:00
17/02/2009 21:46:00
Yep - that limb is starting to crack! Everyone's entitled to their opinion, it's just annoying when I'm the only person who's right!! Only kidding, but seriously I firmly believe that Bilic is the best choice. Club management and National team management debate will roll on - at the end of the day though, if you get the best out of a bunch of average players (which Bilic has done at Croatia) then it doesn't matter who you manage - you get the best out of what you have! Interesting article pompeycarpet, although I don't take the media's word for anything these days. I would LOVE to see Bilic at Pompey, he would do an absolutely cracking job for us. Surely someont out there agrees with me!!
17/02/2009 21:54:00
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