Date: 7th September 2009 at 12:29pm
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‘?has brought in some excellent players to the club and instilled a high degree of professionalism.`

However this is a results-orientated business and realistically the results have not been good enough.`

The statements above could serve as an epitaph on Gary Megson`s tenure as Bolton Wanderers manager. However, they refer to Paul Hart, his opposite number at Portsmouth. The verdict was delivered by Helen Thompson, then chairman at Rushden and Diamonds as Hart got his marching orders in 2006.

The question of who should replace Megson has been asked often. The answer, from his most extreme critics is ‘anyone`.

Would that include Paul Hart? His managerial stats are not impressive. Hart`s overall win percentage is 31.1% and the highest at any one club is 34.2%. By comparison Megson has an overall rate of 35.9% and has achieved over 40% at three different clubs, with 42.5% being his highest at West Brom. In addition he has managed at a consistently higher level than his counterpart at Pompey.

So we`re confident of getting a result at Fratton Park on Saturday then? No, we`re not.


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