Pompey granted a lifeline

by Mystical Mike

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Peter Andre, Gareth Gates, Dane Bowers, Paul Hart, what have they got in common? Before you ask they haven’t all been F***ed over by Jordan, but they are in fact very nice blokes.

Last month it was Gareth Southgate, this month it’s Paul Hart.  It’s true to say that Hart is a very nice bloke, he is well liked in the game, gave honest and frank post match interviews, got on with the job in hand despite all the turmoil in the boardroom.

Seven points from 13 games is hardly a good return from a manager who supposedly had the backing from the board and his players though. Pompey under Hart had been playing some excellent football and were rather unfortunate to lose 9 games. However, it’s a results business and Hart wasn’t delivering.

The appointment of Avram Grant is a bit of a stab in the back, especially as Hart knew nothing about Grants arrival until a few days after it actually happened.

The 54-year-old Israeli will take charge for Saturday’s game against Manchester United as Director of Football while he waits for his work permit to be updated.

“He knows the club, players and set-up so it was logical to make him manager,” said chief executive Peter Storrie.

“Grant has a big reputation, he had an excellent record at Chelsea. He wouldn’t take the job if he knew there were no funds available in January. I fully expect us to stay up. I feel sorry for Paul Hart and wish him well, he’s a decent bloke but our results were poor”. Said Alistair Hunter, Chairman of the London Pompey Blues

The position of Grant’s predecessor is unclear. Hart was offered the chance to return to his old position working in the youth set up, which he decided against.

Like Southgate before him, Paul Hart is a very nice bloke, but as the saying goes, nice guys really do come last! Unless you’ve been with Jordon of course!

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  • Mike Somerville

    I’d like to think that I saw this coming… but I didn’t. I honestly though Hart would be given more time to keep Pompy up. With a Champions League finalist manager waiting in the sidelines, it would be pretty foolish to keep him from doing (probably very good job) at portsmouth

  • JJ

    I love both Hart & Grant, but as you rightly point out Mike, Grant was a CL finalist, didn’t he finish runners in 4 comps that season? A bit more luck and he could of been their most successful manager. Like the Jordan links, good simple article

  • Stevie

    Do u love them? Ohhh, thats nice. Hart didn’t stand a chance, he really is a nice bloke, he gave my friend boatshoe a lift home from a Pompey game once! How many managers would do that?

  • Stevie

    I’ve just noticed the new layout, like it, subtle but lots more info. Good to see which articles have had the most debate

  • dexylongshot

    Not a good start for Baron Greenback but I think given time, he’ll do ok down at Pompey. I just hope he gets the best out of O’Hara cos he’s in my dreamt team and is next out if he don’t buck his ides up. Talking of Jordan, she’s marrying that Tranny now.

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