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Paul Hart will know that his first full pre-season in charge must result in an improved performance over 38 games this time around. 2008/9 saw Pompey dragged too close to the relegation dogfight for comfort. With off-the-field concerns out of his hands, mainly involving the ownership and financial stability of the club, Hart’s main target will be consistency on it.
The purse strings have been kept tightly shut and pressure will be on the senior players to stand up and be counted. England goal-keeper David James continues to mature with age and the importance of his form cannot be over-estimated. Whilst he has occasionally lived up to his nick-name, the 39-year old continues to make headlines with his performances.
South African skipper Aaron Mokoena is the sole addition to the squad after his contract with Blackburn Rovers expired. His experience will add to a midfield that is potentially lacking a natural leader. With the future of Croatian star Niko Krancjar still uncertain at time of going to press, Mokoena will be expected to steady the ship.
Up front, the enigmatic Kanu will once again provide the main threat but support will need to come from other sources if Pompey are not to fight for their place in the Premiership as opposed to fighting for a European spot.
A Brief History
Portsmouth Football Club was founded in 1898 by John Brickwood, who was the owner of the local brewery. Rumour also has it that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, was the clubs first ever goalkeeper.
Their first major success came in the 1939 FA Cup which they won beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1. Following the Second World War, Pompey went on to enjoy the greatest period of success in it’s history, winning consecutive League titles in 1948/9 and 1949/50. However, the club’s fortunes took a turn for the worst and a gradual decline eventually saw them playing in Division Four, the lowest professional tier of the English game.
It wasn’t until the turn of the century that Portsmouth Football Club finally started to show a return to form. They established themselves in the Premier League and, under the leadership of Harry Redknapp, found the 2008 FA Cup competition opening up for them following the exit of virtually all the big names. Kanu’s single goal was enough to claim the trophy over Cardiff City and whilst the additional prize of a UEFA Cup place did not produce similar success, Portsmouth’s fans have once again tasted the big time and will be dreaming of further successes.
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