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Chix's Chatter - R U better than Mr Hart?

Chix's Chatter - R U better than Mr Hart?

So you think you could manage Pompey do ya? Well step up to the plate and tell me what strategy you would use to ensure survival next season
Now, it's no secret that the permanent appointment of Paul Hart as Pompey's full-time manager didn't sit that comfortably with me.

Of course, I'll get behind the bloke and whatever team he puts out 100% but I just hope that this time around he has thought things through and has a planned strategy of how we are going to retain our Premiership status this coming season.

When I think back to the end of last season it wasn't so much his tactics that wound me up
(although I would have deployed a more attacking formation at times), it wasn't even his persistence to omit certain players from his team for no apparent reason (although I would have 'at least' tried Gekas and given Basinas a 'decent' run of games) and although frustrating it wasn't his obvious blindness when it came to not acknowledging poor performers (I'm not even go there, Hayden Mullins!)

I guess my biggest issue with the 2008/09 version of Paul Hart was his relentless pursuit of 'taking each game as it comes' and not looking at the bigger picture.

Why did he do this?

Why did he not look beyond the next match?

Why did he play for three draws when one win would have secured the same number of points and secured safety a lot sooner?

Why did he not see Middelsboro, Hull, West Brom, Newcastle, Blackburn etc. as games we should have attacked from the start?

Well whatever his reasons and whatever the right or wrongs Paul Hart succeeded in keeping Pompey in the Premiership and for that we should all be grateful, however the subject got me thinking.

How will Paul approach the forthcoming season? Or more to the point how would I approach the forthcoming season if I were him?

I have already devised my strategy which I will share with you within the next few days but what I want to know now is ..

What would be your season strategy if you were Paul Hart.?

Would you calculate the number of points you need each game and play for draws?

Would you discount taking any points off of the top four, five, six or seven?

Would you create a mini league of six or eight teams and target points off of the 'lower' clubs as your survival method or ..

Would you just take one game at a time and hope for the best!

Well.. here's your chance to have your say..

Before I publish my strategy (which I'm sure you will consign to the bin) I want to hear how you would approach 2009/10 if you were Paul Hart.

Post your thoughts below, but in true Chix's Chatter style, be prepared to challenged!

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Date:Wednesday August 12 2009
Time: 12:23AM


Something which was very positive from Hart's matches last season was that, unlike someone, he hoped for a result against the bigger clubs. For instance, playing against Cheslea, showed how strong we could have been if played attacking football but with the intention of not conceding. Sometimes you cannot just plan a season ahead; you need to play according to the situation of your players etc... This season, Hart will still play a 4-5-1 formation, but we should be better off as Freddy is better than Crouch in being up front by himself! I would play the same, take each game at a time before the end of January and hoping to reach 35 points. If by that time the performances would be risking relegation, I would look at home games as mega important. Unless I am fired!
Pompey Malta
12/08/2009 01:32:00
I'd start by arming Nugent and Wilson with clothes rails and sending them round to beat the Dr until the takoever is finalised and some money has been made available for strengthening the squad with top quality signings.
Steve C
12/08/2009 06:14:00
Pompey Malta So you think we should plan to get something out of the Big four then.. umm this may have been a positive (some would say stupid) move by Hart but in the three matches he played against the big 4 he lost all three, didn't score and conceded six! It we were to try to amass 35 points before January you'd actually be targetng fifth place for the season and I can't see how we could actually realistically achieve that - I think it would be our best season ever .. with our weakest team.. Also if 35 points was your 'season' target we would more than likely go down. As for Piq being better than Crouch I think we might need more than 90 minutes against a weakened Rangers side to draw that conclusion.. I fear you might be sacked well before Xmas!!
12/08/2009 07:25:00
SteveC (lol) but although arming Nuge and Wilson with battons would indeed put the fear of god into some opposing teams I fear you'd amass more disciplinary points than anything else and if the money is not available until January rather than the next few weeks I fear you too would be shown the door, irrespective of results.. Nuge & Wilson meanwhile would almost certainly be banged up weakening your squad further ;)
12/08/2009 07:30:00
0 i always say in these type of discussions.." I know nothing about football, I'm aq Pompey Fan"
plymouth graham
12/08/2009 08:51:00
Chixy - oh dear!! I'm now going to mount my incredibly high horse here because I can go on for hours. Firstly, my starting 11 and formation would differ greatly from Paul Hart's. Looking at our squad, with the right formation and playing the players to their strengths (i.e. Kranjcar in a 'free' role behind a striker or two) would mean that we would EASILY beat opposition next season. My strategy: bugger the games against United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man U - play the game for the draw there I think. Every home game, I would look to win and would play considered, attacking football ensuring that opposition teams were on the back foot from the off. Away games, I would play for the win obviously. With regards to league tables, I would just look to being mid-table by X-Mas. The Premier league is getting harder year by year to predict, so I reckon that after maybe 5 or so games, you should ask again Chix because I would have a much better idea or what I would be up to.
12/08/2009 09:05:00
Plymouth Graham You're honesty stands you in good stead. All the greats claim to have a simple philosophy - Why should you be any different .. you are on the right track PG
12/08/2009 09:27:00
Gino Kranjcar behind the front two.. what front two? ..anyway strategy wise mid-table by Xmas (i.e. half way through) is a good strategy to begin with but then expectation gets the better of people and most will begin to look up rather than over their shoulder (Hull last season!) Still.. I agree the prem is harder to predict this year but as Pompey manager you will need a plan.. Telling me to come back after five or six games ain't gonna cut it .. How would you react if Paul Hart said that to us ?? - I'd prepare your resignation now if I were you .. just in case you need it
12/08/2009 09:28:00
My tactic will be to beat 8 of the 11 bottom teams at home, pick up 3 extra home draws (27 points at home) and draw with 7 teams away and pick up 1 away win 1-0 (10 points away). The 11 bottom teams we can't lose to at home I pick as being: Birmingham, Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley, Fulham, Hull, Stoke. Sunderland, West Ham, Wigan and Wolves. That's 37 points from the bottom 11 and hopefully a point of two from the top 8. That should keep us up!
12/08/2009 09:43:00
To continue...if we did drop points against these teams we would have to make up those points against the better 9 teams. In training I would really be focusing on set pieces, as we have been abysmal in recent years at scoring from these, and we really need to do better. I would not focus on the League Cup and simply play the youngsters in this. I would be focusing on quick breaks for away games and long balls for away games, utilizing the speed of Utaka and Freddy. At home I would give Krancjar free rein and really attempt to utilize the marauding runs of Belhadj and Kaboul. In the middle of the field I would focus on our big strong Africans.
12/08/2009 10:32:00
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