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Do we need more proof?

Premier League Portsmouth
by CurseOfTony (U13831588) 14 February 2009
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I liked tony. I thought he was a honest guy, but do we need any more proof that the problem wasn't with the players but with the manager and backroom after todays performance? A vital 3 points and good game for all players - has the curse of Tony Adams been lifted? Discuss

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posted Feb 14, 2009

Tony Adams - very nice bloke, BUT an "unlucky" manager, and tactically inept in my opinion. Tactics were spot on today, and all the players performed well for the new short term (?) management team.

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posted Feb 14, 2009

I agree HANG YOUR HEAD IN SHAME Pompey players the manager is ONLY part of the team U are 99%
SO whose to blame.U did'nt play any differently
than u did under Tony u just beat a team that's afraid to leave their bedroom GOOD HONEST comment Medieval-Evil

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posted Feb 14, 2009

Got to agree with medieval evil, David James character assassination of Adams on radio 5 tonight was unforgiveable and unprofessional.However the fact that he is a media darling was reinforced by Alan Green's comment about how refreshing it was to hear an intelligent footballer. Maybe but still couldn't keep rabbits.

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posted Feb 14, 2009

comment by Medieval-Evil (U9650532)
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The Portsmouth players should be absolutely ashamed of themselves for their lack of professionalism. To lay this at Tony Adam's door is nothing short of shameful. I've lost all respect for the likes of David James after his criticism in that BBC interview - who's been letting in all those late goals Dave? That's right, it's you.
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Spot on. The treatment of Adams by the David James has been totally unacceptable. The fact that you had leads in a lot of important games....but 'threw' them away in the last minutes speaks volumes. And talking of refreshing roles and especially responsibilities. It is you responsibilty to go and and perform to the best of your ability week in week and no matter who the manager is, something you clearly haven't been doing for a while now. You should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself.

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posted Feb 15, 2009

It's interesting to see all these fans and pundits scream about how terribly Adams was treated. I wonder these people would be so vociferous if they were actual board members at Pompey. After all, telling us that TA could have turned it around is easy when you have nothing at stake should he lose, but let's not forget that for Pompey, if Adams failed we would have lost everything - we could even have gone bankrupt.

So, come on, how many of you would have REALLY bet your house/mortgage on TA? Not many I suspect. It's funny how money and real risk tend to crystallise the reality of the situation.

The reality seems to have been this: Adams was, for all his coaching skills, desperately unlucky. And footballers, more than anything else, don't like bad luck. They put their socks on in a particular order just for a smidgen of good luck! So when someone comes in and everyone's luck turns bad, it's only a matter of time before they turn on him. Human nature.

As for DJ's attack on Adams, I have to say that GK's rely on luck more than any other player. And since Adams arrived, DJ's luck has been awful. Was it TA's fault? Maybe, maybe not. Is it a surprise that DJ blamed it on Adams? Not at all, human nature. And the worse you feel about yourself, the more you blame the person you feel responsible, the more you get annoyed at EVERYTHING they do. Human nature. And let's not forget that TA left and DJ makes a fantastic save in the process of keeping a clean sheet.

Face facts. TA may have be the best coach ever to grace the Premier (or any other league) but he had one FATAL flaw. He had the luck of a man who spent his days breaking mirrors while walking under ladders.

And no matter how much they protest, there is not one football fan, pundit, or club board member who would be happy having someone like that sending their club towards oblivion.

I honestly hope that TA's luck changes and he becomes a great manager, but for now he had to go.

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posted Feb 15, 2009

Ive always said that no matter where City end up this season, Hughes will be sacked.

He recently made a statement that he has now signed his players and to be honest, he has always been in the lower end of the table in premiership management, and has bought players that are keeping him inhi own safety zone.

City will never win anything under Hughes.

Good game Portsmouth.

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posted Feb 15, 2009

Pompey players are filth for their comments and lack of commitment to the shirt. They lost because they did not put in enough effort, they did not care enough about the club or the marvellous fans when they played so badly. How can they blame the manager? David James is a coward. PUP

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posted Feb 15, 2009

portlandbill
City will never win anything under Hughes.
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Correction.
NO-ONE will win anything under Hughes.
He's just not good enough.

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posted Feb 15, 2009

I agree Man City should never have bothere with Hughes, if your building a team of superstars who already have success and massive egos they need a manager who has actually won something at club level or they won't have enough respect for them, particularly in times of trouble. That's why Man Utd's bad form at the start of the season didnt cause any concerns while Chelsea's bad form saw Scolari sacked - not enough experience at top level club managing.

As for Adams, if you look at the fixtures he's had compared to the fixtures Portsmouth have remaining, I'd say he failed as a manager and James was right, they did not get the basics right and that's what happens when players don't have faith in the direction the club is going. Unless Hart or someone else can really change our mentality then we're relying on other teams to do even worse than us rather than dragging ourselves up the table.

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posted Feb 15, 2009

tut tut millonaire boys!

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