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McKenna will need time and so we need to be patient
at 08:04 30 Dec 2021

I get a sense that if we are it’ll pay dividends.

He’s a young, inexperienced manager so is bound to get some things wrong on and off the pitch. When Jewell, Hurst and Cook left, the “it took Sir Bobby years to get it right” comments always came out. They were older, more experienced managers though. It was clear that we weren’t moving forward, that what they had done in the past wasn’t going to happen here and that they just weren’t the right fit for our club. The same could be said of Keane, in fact he admitted as much himself after he left.

It’s different this time. The club have taken a chance on a rookie and he needs to be cut more slack. I was surprised when we appointed him but having now seen him and the pedigree he has as a coach I completely understand why the club appointed him. Far rather him than Harris or any of the other managers we were linked with. If we tread water this season and improve next season then that’s enough for me, I’m not expecting promotion this season or even next necessarily, I just want to feel that we are moving in the right direction.
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It looked as if they’d been coached more in the last week than all season
at 22:40 29 Dec 2021

Not a vintage display and not a great game but they seemed to be playing more as a team who knew what their jobs were individually and collectively.

A lot of work to do and it’ll be months, probably into next season until we really see what this squad and McKenna can do but that was a really encouraging start.
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If we get a manager who
at 10:38 16 Dec 2021

1) Brings his backroom staff with him if they’ve had success together before

2) works with the squad he has for a year and concentrates on improving them as individuals and a team rather than rubbishing them , getting rid and bringing in yet another new squad

3) doesn’t suck up to the supporters to win favour and instead just does their job. We know we’ve got a great fanbase, great history etc we don’t need an outsider to tell us. In fact it would be refreshing to hear a manager talk along the same lines as Butcher last night - we’re a mid table third division club in decline and they’re here to reverse the slide.

4) Gets the team to fit and motivates them so that as a minimum whether we win, lose or draw we never feel they are coasting or being out -worked by the opposition

I’ll be happy and they’ll have my backing for the rest of this season and all of next even if we go down this season (we won’t) and struggle next.

We need stability but that starts with making the right appointment as manager. It was clear very quickly with the last three that the foundations weren’t right and even if they’d had 5 years here there would be no or little improvement.
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I’ve never understood why players give travelling fans their money back
at 22:50 15 Dec 2021

until tonight. The least that shambles can do is have a whip round and pay for the tickets and travel costs of every one of those who travelled up there tonight.That display was the lowest of many, many lows in the past 10 years. Woeful.
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We’ve got a point more this week than if Cook had still been here
at 19:46 11 Dec 2021

A win on Wednesday night and a decent performance and at least a point on Saturday and McGreal will deserve the chance to see if he can get us in the play offs
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Disappointed at how many on here are slagging off the players
at 23:12 7 Dec 2021

Proper supporters don’t do that, especially to players who are still settling in at a new club. Regardless of their profession, they are young men adapting to life here. One of their main reasons for joining has just been sacked. Cut them a bit of slack, encourage and support them and if you can’t do that then at least stop short of rubbishing them. As a fanbase we’re better than that.

A few weeks ago Morsy was being hailed on here as the man who was going to be the difference. Tonight it seems as if he’s regarded as one of the worst players we’ve ever had. He’s neither.

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One thing I really hope we get from the new manager
at 08:15 5 Dec 2021

Decent home performances. Away wins are great but for me the most important part of my attachment to the club is enjoying the home games. If I leave after a game, having enjoyed it then I’m happy irrespective of whether we are top, mid-table or bottom.

I reckon we’ve played well in less than 20% of the 100 or so home games over the past 4 years. That needs to change if we are going to maintain the fantastic home support we have.
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Some of you are delusional
at 07:40 5 Dec 2021

Sadly we’re a mid-table third division club.

In the last 25 years we’ve spent more seasons in League One than we have in the Premier League. We’ve been on a steady decline for at least 15 years. We’ve not won anything for 40 years. We’ve not even had a day out at Wembley for more than 20 years. Our ground (whilst better since the new owners came in) needs huge investment to make it fit for the next 50 years. We’re in a location in the country that whilst lovely means that you need to relocate if you’re joining the club.

I love our club and always will so am not running us down but the names some of you have suggested as manager are ridiculous. I’ve seen Nuno’s name suggested and Frank Lampard. Why would they even consider speaking to the club? Ryan Lowe and Liam Manning are managing relatively big league one clubs and have a chance of being in the championship next season. They’re not realistic options for us right now.

Cook did a very poor job in my opinion, so bad he made the inept Lambert look reasonable when you look back. We should be able to attract a competent manager who given time can take us to where we could realistically get to (an established, mid-table championship club within the next 3-4 years is my view as to what we can realistically aspire to). Not very exciting I know and I’d love us to win back to back promotions but it’s very, very unlikely. What I do know is that whoever is appointed, even if it is an unglamorous/low profile appointment they need and deserve patience and the backing of all fans.
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One of the criteria for the new manager
at 19:57 4 Dec 2021

That he’s not called Paul
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Get rid of him now
at 18:26 4 Dec 2021

and let McGreal take over in the short term at least. The season has gone, so why not see what he can do.
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I don’t agree with booing the team or manager
at 12:07 24 Nov 2021

but I’m finding it increasingly frustrating to be part of a crowd that simply by being there probably give the impression that the fans are happy and all is well. 18,000 plus there last night for a third division game in November. It was cold, we lost Saturday and there was Champions League football on TV. I doubt the owners will act when it all seems so positive. When the owners come over at Christmas and it’s packed they’ll be patting themselves on the back as to what a great job they’re doing (with the exception of the manager they are misguidedly staying by they are).

Is there a constructive way to express dissatisfaction with Cook and his management team? I’m just not going to go Sunday because I don’t want to waste an afternoon watching more of the dross served up last night (I’m in the minority as I thought we were quite poor against Oxford too). As a season ticket holder it doesn’t affect the club financially apart from losing the few quid I’d have spent on a programme, drinks etc. It’s not a protest, more apathy and resignation at how mediocre we are and how dejected I am at yet another false dawn.
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Won 10 drawn 13 lost 12
at 22:38 23 Nov 2021

43 points from a possible 105 in the third division. It’s an awful record.

He’s had enough time to show what he can do. Time for him to go and take his under-qualified mates with him. We deserve better and so do the players. I feel sorry for them, they look lost. They need proper coaching and a clear game plan.
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Karl Robinson the latest of several managers to come to Portman Road
at 20:13 13 Nov 2021

and show us how a decent manager with the right staff around him can get a team to be more than the sum of its parts.

Cook has recruited well, we have some excellent players but in most games they are under-performing. Moan all you want about Oxford’s time-wasting but what we saw today was a well-organised team, working as a unit and executing their game strategy very well. In contrast we had 11 players with far more talent and technical ability than their opponents but lacking a clear plan.

The current management team won’t get us up this season. We may make the play offs but over 2 games we’ll come up short. There’s no way I could see us beating that Oxford team we saw today over two games. We’d end up feeling we were the better team but bemoaning poor decisions, their time-wasting and general sh*thousery but ultimately we’ll end up losers.

Yes PC has a great track record of promotion out of this league but not with the group of coaches and staff he has assembled. We’re not terrible but nor should we be with the players we have. At the same time though we’re nowhere near as good as we should be. The owners who have invested so much money and us supporters who have invested so much time and endured so much disappointment season after season deserve better than we’re getting.

Cook and his sidekicks aren’t good enough. They are squandering the best (and maybe last) opportunity to turn our club around.
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Do you think Chris Wilder would come here?
at 08:44 17 Oct 2021

He’d be my choice
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No doubt on Monday he’ll be saying what a brilliant club Portsmouth are
at 20:15 16 Oct 2021

and what a great Manager Cowley is. I’ve had enough of him, can’t wait for him to go now.
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Do any of you think Cook will get us promoted this season?
at 17:35 16 Oct 2021

If so, what are you basing it on?
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The team travelled up on Thursday
at 18:14 2 Oct 2021

It’s not just the wage budget and fees to buy players that Gamechanger have given Cook, they are backing him and the team in every way they can to get the best results. They must be running out of patience. I would be in their position.
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Can’t remember a performance dividing opinion to this extent
at 18:26 25 Sep 2021

I thought we were dreadful and robbed them of a point. Plenty of others moaning about us around me but others thought we were good, improving and deserved the win
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The manager will always carry the can but
at 18:43 11 Sep 2021

our players are getting off very lightly on here. All the talk pre-season from players about how much quality there was in the squad etc etc. Very few of them have shown much at all other than a few flashes here and there.

Evans and Harper looked promising in the first game and the two pre-season home games. Awful since. They’re not the only ones either. Car park full of big flashy cars as usual. Maybe Keane was right about Ipswich - players come here for a nice easy life, polite fans and big wages.
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We’d have at least 10 points by now with this squad if Big Mick was in charge
at 19:00 21 Aug 2021

Best manager we’ve had since Sir Bobby but he only got a fraction of the backing of Keane or Cook.

The more time that passes since he left, the greater his achievements seem. The football was unwatchable towards the end but in terms of getting the most out of his resources he was brilliant.
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