Pompey show Hart the door


Portsmouth have parted company with manager Paul Hart after the club’s poort start to the season.

Despite keeping the club in the Premier League last season and being forced to sell his best players, Hart’s efforts weren’t deemed good enough to save his job.

Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie agreed that Hart was bound by financial restraints and had a difficult job to do.

“However, the board feels that the team should have accrued more points to date and that we need a new man in charge to ensure Premier League survival,” he said.

“The board would like to thank Paul for his work not only in keeping the club in the Premier League last season but also for his time in charge of youth development.

“Paul is a man of great dignity and we hoped he would stay and help us develop younger players on the fringes of the first team.

“We are genuinely sad to see him leave. Everyone at the club wishes him well for the future.”

Hart declined a position offered to him to work as a technical director with the club’s 18 to 21 year olds, and coaches Ian Woan and Paul Groves will assume temporary charge.

Former Chelsea manager Avrim Grant is currently the club’s Director of football but would require a work permit to take the role.

Darren Ferguson, recently sacked by Peterborough, is the early favourite to replace Hart.

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