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!