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Sunday, 26 October 2008

Sam Allardyce For Portsmouth?

Last time Harry Redknapp left Portsmouth it ended in near disaster; only the unlikely return of the prodigal manager saved the day. This time Pompey can't afford to get the appointment wrong.

With Alain Perrin, Pompey went for a Continental approach. It looked a big risk at the time and that's how it proved. That choice was under ever-eccentric regime of Milan Mandaric but in an atmosphere of general belt tightening at Fratton Park, this selection will probably be a conservative one.

If the need is for maximising resources on a tightening budget combined with extensive Premier League experience, then Sam Allardyce could be back in the frame. The man who worked wonders at Bolton has had his reputation restored a little by the shenanigans at Newcastle, where he was sacked precipatively.

Though Allardyce picked up a reputation for efficiency and the percentage game at Bolton, he's always proved himself ever the pragmatist. Over his time he's used quality footballers like Djorkaeff, Diouf and Hierro when he can get them- if he can't, he's fashioned what he can from solid professionals.

He would inherit a quality squad atPortsmouth but also one that's showing a worrying tendency to leak goals. That's an area that Allardyce is an expert on dealing with.

Portsmouth could well look abroad again but only if they can get a nailed on, high quality coach. There should be no gambling on overseas coaches who have done well with modest clubs. The lure of the Premiership may mean that Pompey attract the interest of top talent but unless its a proven star man, the home market looks favourite.

Lying in seventh but at a critical stage in their development, this doesn't seen to the the time to give a younger, up and coming British boss his big chance either (promoting Tony Adams for instance). There are several players on the staff who came to the club because of Redknapp's presence and while they won't just walk out, a period of instability and then January transfer activity is likely.

A manager who's been there and done it before can help Pompey ride out this period. There may be some concerns among Fratton Park fans about the Allardyce style of play but after what happened the last time Harry Redknapp moved away, a safety first approach might find favour.

Two bookmaking firms already have Big Sam as favourite and add in the fact that he's available to start right away, he looks a decent bet.

COMMENTS

Jim

As a Pompey fan can I just say employing Sam would be a HUGE mistake.

Please, for the love of God, no.

Eric Pompeykenya

Harry going is not the problem. What worries me is that we had to sell to get some money. Sam? NO

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