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Alan Hansen - I've lost some respect

Often lauded for his decise analysis of what goes on on the hallowed turfs of many a premiership football club he is usually the brains between Lineker's glib one liners and Shearer's grunts. But on 15th August 2009 I lost a lot of respect for this man and began to look at perhaps some of those niggles that have always crept into my mind about the man.

What did it for me is what's doing it for me with regard to most pundits and reporters. Now while I agree that for us our biggest reason for concern is lack of stability off the pitch and the impact it has on worry free unencumbered football, the focus of most pundits is the constant reference to having "sold 75m" of player. The 77m that Hansen used was a new one on me. The focus on players that aren't here rather than the ones that are. No one is saying well I looked at the Pompey starting eleven and it's full of unknowns, lacking experience and poorly led. They're saying look who isn't there:-

Crouch - (less prolific than Benjani at the time he was replaced).

Defoe - okay useful but I can't remember any serious goals he scored and missed all of the FA Cup run triumph.

Muntari/ Diarra - okay, these are the BIG BIG BIG loss for me - I'd happily let all the others go to get these two back.

Pedro - love the guy but not that fussed.

Davis - do we honestly see him as a great deal better than Diop or Mokoena (pretty like for like I think).

Johnson - a real loss, but 17m for a right back is good business in anyone's book and we're replacing him with arguably a more solid defensive player.

I am honestly not THAT convinced and when I looked at the line up on Saturday I was happy, with the exception of:

Utaka - always worries me but for some reason I'd love to see this guy come good.

Kaboul - nice to see him in the starting 11 but he was out of position which always suggests a problem - having said that, this might become his position if...

Wilson - only because to anyone looking from the outside, the kid is an unknown name at the heart of defence... arguably had a good game and could make the position his own.

... but having strayed wildly from my point... the final straw was the comment - "I wouldn't be surprised if they went into administration before the end of the season". WHAT AN IDIOT.

Why would that happen? We have minor debt for a premier league club with a trimmed wage bill and bumper sky revenue. Banks WILL refinance such a small level of debt on a business obviously capable of servicing it as long as spending is commensurate with income (or an owners personal wealth). And ultimately, what did it have to do with the 5 mins of highlights I just watched? What did it have to do with the formation? What did it have to do with the 15 shots on goal, 55% possession, loss of a point but a fluke and the very organised way we seem to have gone about our business? What did it have to do with the "when shall we three meet again" witches of TV punditry joint belief that Pompey were the first name on the card for relegation?

So this led me to the obvious questioning of his "wouldn't want to be a manager status". And to my mind growing respect for Paul Hart as a manager - you have to listen to this tripe from an idiot football fans blindly follow and laud as the greatest manager never to have managed. You have the guts to take on Pompey, at this time, with all the troubles there are, while the fans question you at every turn - and this Frankenstein's monster sits on telly and hides his fear of failure behind the stress of management vs punditry, while telling you your team will go down but cant offer one SINGLE footballing reason for his statement.

Cap dothed - regardless.

And Alan. Sod off. Next time watch the highlights and tell me what you thought, so that I can get an honest footballing opinion as to whether what was on the pitch is capable of keeping us in the league.

Written by jim4pompey.

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Date:Monday August 17 2009

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Nice one Jim; I doubt you'll get many dissenters on here
I think there is a concerted effort by the media to unsettle Pompey so much that they are actually conniving to get us relegated, and the reason why, is because Pompey have the most ancient ground in the premiership and this is the 7th season top flight commentators have had to endure such horrid accommodation and facilities, they woulkd rather have a crap team with great facilites rather a good team with poor facilities, all very Orwellian 'And the animals looked from pigs to TV & Media pundits, and back to pigs, and they could'nt tell the difference'.
agree also pompey were last game yet again !!! maybe someone should keep note on how when each game is showed on match of the day..
here here, well said, and your right i dont think any of the 'pundits' actually said anything related to the game at all, its ridiculous
Pundits are pundits though, why get so annoyed at Hansen when (whether he's misinformed or not) he's only calling it as he sees it? Just cos a pundit says something doesn't mean it'll come true
pirate I know what you say... but I was hoping to here an ex-professional, generally well respected persons view on pompey, the team, the way we played and our chances for the season based on the football witnessed... how far along are we - did we look like we were gelling, problem areas... not a footballers intuition of our finances? It's my damn license fee!
Because pompeypirate, he's NOT calling it as he sees it. He's calling it as some half baked journalist working for an unknown tabloid has imagined it, and then systematicly ignored what he has seen. I mean, I completly agree with Jum4pompey - he might as well have gone on about how we no longer have "gentleman Jim" Dickenson in our side. What a great help he'd be this season eh? if only we hadn't let him go... In fact, if we had the team that won the championship in 1949... what happened to all THOSE players we released? i men... what were we thinking?
One thing I DISAGREE about though, is that it is something new. Match of the day has always been like that. If you want to see people anylising the game, "match of the day 2" is far better. They don't have such big egos to think that there opinion counts more than what actually happened on the pitch.
Football is chock full of idiots. When was the last time there was a rumour Hanson was up for a managerial position?
scum... there never was... but it's often touted in the press what a fantastic manager is and Hanson blushes and says the pressure and all the press invasion is not for him. But if he really loved footie he'd be on the touchline doing it...
I analysed the game as I understood it - and I admit I don't understand it very well, so I was not very critical. But, I saw everyone running around and having a go, and the crowds in good form, I enjoyed it. But even I was gobsmacked at how one paper could say that Kranjcar took on Fulham single handedly and was let down by his team colleagues!!?**!???! Or that Fulham posed 10 times the threat we did. Or that we were limp wristed. If we are *****ed off by all this - how must the players be feeling?
PH needs to use it... the key with all this is the self fulfilling prophecy... if we say things like it will be a miracle if we stay up and it will be a really tough season and we're favourites to go down and loads of ifs and buts and excuses... then it will happen. If, as I believe, we have a squad of experienced top class premiership players and internationals (at least 2 international captains I can think of) we should be **** ASHAMED if we go down!
PH needs to use it... the key with all this is the self fulfilling prophecy... if we say things like it will be a miracle if we stay up and it will be a really tough season and we're favourites to go down and loads of ifs and buts and excuses... then it will happen. If, as I believe, we have a squad of experienced top class premiership players and internationals (at least 2 international captains I can think of) we should be **** ASHAMED if we go down!
To be fair all Hansen actually said was something like "Pompey have received 77m in transfer fees and where's the money gone? History says teams that sell their players and don't replace them will struggle and I think Pompey are in big trouble." That's his opinion and questions that some Pompey fans are actually asking themselves. I personally think we'll stay up just fine, but my views aren't going to altered by someone sitting on a sofa
Hansen was full of ***** last night as well on MOTD 2 - making the bold statement that "Spurs will DEFINATELY finsih 6th". This is the same idiot that siad of Man Utd "You can't win anything with kids". Does he have some sort of mystical power because he's basically saying the rest of us should pack up and go home and, when he's not doing that, he, Shearer and Big Ears are stating the bleedin' obvious with their so called analysis. Between them on Saturday's MOTD, Lineker, Hansen and Shearer made me cringe as they came across as being in awe of the false God that is a top four spot. They should be reminded of a great quote that was often repeated by Sir Bobby Robson - "Don't forget that the game is greater than the prize. Without the game, there is no prize". By the way Gandor - I'm with you and don't keep putting yourself down because you appear to know more about the game than the pundits and journalists.
agree with you both pirate and tim... I'm sure I recall him stating he wouldn't be surprised if we went into administration though.
Nice choice of Hansen picture at the top; he looks a right smug ***** in that one.
agree with you both pirate and tim... I'm sure I recall him stating he wouldn't be surprised if we went into administration though.
I missed MOTD and I'm glad I did. I'm getting so sick of this media conspiracy, but what can we do. Yes they would prefer clubs with mediocre teams and big stadiums - what like Newcastle? And all anyone will see is the scoreline, they're not interested in how much spirit we played with, or how well we got behind our team - but we know, don't we. Perhaps other clubs will underestimate us?
End of the day he is just stating the obvious.. If things dont sort themselves out soon, we are screwed. Simple

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