Portsmouth sacking Barker is crazy, says Justin Edinburgh

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NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh has branded Portsmouth’s decision to sack Richie Barker as ‘crazy’ and says he has no interest in succeeding him on the South Coast.

County host relegation-threatened Pompey at Rodney Parade tomorrow when Academy boss Andy Awford will be in charge of the visitors.

Barker only landed the Portsmouth job in December after the Exiles had denied the club permission to speak to their preferred candidate Edinburgh.

His first game in charge at Fratton Park was a 2-0 home defeat to County on December 14 when Mike Flynn scored both goals.

And after 20 games Barker was dismissed yesterday with the 2008 FA Cup winners just two points above the drop zone in League Two.

But Edinburgh is not sure that the South Coast giants have made the right decision.

“Looking from the outside in I find the decision a strange one,” said the Exiles boss.

“It’s crazy really but, being in football as long as I have now and the way it’s going, it shouldn’t surprise me.”

Edinburgh finished his professional playing career with Pompey and is sad to see his former club in such a perilous position but he wants to pile on the pain tomorrow.

“They’re obviously looking at a third straight relegation but we can’t afford any sentimentality,” he said.

“I take no joy in it but we want a win because it’s been a little while since we won at Rodney Parade and we’re not used to that.

“It is very sad though; a club that size going into non-league football would be a travesty.

“In 2008 they were winning the FA Cup so it just shows you how quickly you can fall from grace.

“It shows to anyone that if you continue to spend beyond your means then sooner or later it will catch up with you,” he added.

“I’ve seen a club I managed go out of business in Rushden & Diamonds and that’s why I’m very conscious of doing things right here.

“We’ve got a wealthy chairman but I don’t feel that you can ever rely on one man.

“We have to be stable and whoever comes after me has good foundations for this club to continue to grow.”

And Edinburgh is very much focused on his future with County, insisting that he will not be among the candidates to replace Barker.

“If I did go it certainly wouldn’t be now,” he said. “People would be leading me away in a white jacket if I said I was going to go anywhere.

“There’s an enormous amount of work to be done here.

“In two and a half years there’s seen unbelievable strides made on and off the pitch here and we want to continue that progression.”

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9:13am Fri 28 Mar 14

bodffordd says...

Yes J E has been a very good servant. Over the last ten years County have had seven managers eight if you count Lee Harris who had the one game in 2011, an lost 0-2 to Dagenham. These men were big names in the football world, Peter Nicholas, John Cornforth, Peter Beadle, Dean Holdsworth, Tim Harris, and then we had a new young man Anthony Hudson, with great new ideas, he got us singing his name, he got us believing for a bright new future, he said would he get out of the Conference, and he nearly did... to The Conference South. Looking back in anger and joy at times, who did the best job? Nicholas brought in very good players, Beadle inherited a good side for Conference South, Holdsworth will be remembered by some of us as long as we live, Tim Harris, safe!! However J E got us to the Football League, and kept us there, a far greater achievement than we fully appriciate. Who was the best manager for you in the last ten years?
Yes J E has been a very good servant. Over the last ten years County have had seven managers eight if you count Lee Harris who had the one game in 2011, an lost 0-2 to Dagenham. These men were big names in the football world, Peter Nicholas, John Cornforth, Peter Beadle, Dean Holdsworth, Tim Harris, and then we had a new young man Anthony Hudson, with great new ideas, he got us singing his name, he got us believing for a bright new future, he said would he get out of the Conference, and he nearly did... to The Conference South. Looking back in anger and joy at times, who did the best job? Nicholas brought in very good players, Beadle inherited a good side for Conference South, Holdsworth will be remembered by some of us as long as we live, Tim Harris, safe!! However J E got us to the Football League, and kept us there, a far greater achievement than we fully appriciate. Who was the best manager for you in the last ten years? bodffordd
  • Score: 8

11:02am Fri 28 Mar 14

JimMachen says...

Funny old game, football.

Hudson was in charge for nineteen games of which we won six, drew five and lost eight.

In Edinburgh's last nineteen games we have won four, drawn six and lost nine.

Hudson was sacked and Edinburgh has achieved god-like status.

It is all rather subjective.
Funny old game, football. Hudson was in charge for nineteen games of which we won six, drew five and lost eight. In Edinburgh's last nineteen games we have won four, drawn six and lost nine. Hudson was sacked and Edinburgh has achieved god-like status. It is all rather subjective. JimMachen
  • Score: -7

11:33am Fri 28 Mar 14

bodffordd says...

JimMachen wrote:
Funny old game, football.

Hudson was in charge for nineteen games of which we won six, drew five and lost eight.

In Edinburgh's last nineteen games we have won four, drawn six and lost nine.

Hudson was sacked and Edinburgh has achieved god-like status.

It is all rather subjective.
Lower standard of football Jim. What you wrote about Hudson is all That he achieved at the club, J E on the other hand took us to Wembley twice, yes Wembley where dreams are made! The man took us out of the Conference mud and mire, to solid ground in Division 2 of the Football league...no comparison!
[quote][p][bold]JimMachen[/bold] wrote: Funny old game, football. Hudson was in charge for nineteen games of which we won six, drew five and lost eight. In Edinburgh's last nineteen games we have won four, drawn six and lost nine. Hudson was sacked and Edinburgh has achieved god-like status. It is all rather subjective.[/p][/quote]Lower standard of football Jim. What you wrote about Hudson is all That he achieved at the club, J E on the other hand took us to Wembley twice, yes Wembley where dreams are made! The man took us out of the Conference mud and mire, to solid ground in Division 2 of the Football league...no comparison! bodffordd
  • Score: 10

11:59am Fri 28 Mar 14

asrncafc says...

JimMachen wrote:
Funny old game, football.

Hudson was in charge for nineteen games of which we won six, drew five and lost eight.

In Edinburgh's last nineteen games we have won four, drawn six and lost nine.

Hudson was sacked and Edinburgh has achieved god-like status.

It is all rather subjective.
Sorry to disagree Jim, but comparisons are odious and yours simply don't make sense.
[quote][p][bold]JimMachen[/bold] wrote: Funny old game, football. Hudson was in charge for nineteen games of which we won six, drew five and lost eight. In Edinburgh's last nineteen games we have won four, drawn six and lost nine. Hudson was sacked and Edinburgh has achieved god-like status. It is all rather subjective.[/p][/quote]Sorry to disagree Jim, but comparisons are odious and yours simply don't make sense. asrncafc
  • Score: 3

12:53pm Fri 28 Mar 14

slimboy88 says...

I am a Southampton supporter who has lived in Newport for 16 years and have witnessed the many changes for NCFC, some years have been good and others have been bad. I can honestly say that to keep changing managers brings instability to a football club. I have witnessed this as Southampton went from the FA Cup final in 2003 to Football League One within a matter of seasons. Administration followed and possible closure beckoned just like it did with Portsmouth and it would be a shame if they did fall out of the football league. But I will enjoy watching County beat them Tomorrow. You need to get behind JE and the team and consolidate the league position and look to build on this experience for next season. Time and patience is needed to nurture a team both on and off the field and League status will remain with NCFC for many years to come.
I am a Southampton supporter who has lived in Newport for 16 years and have witnessed the many changes for NCFC, some years have been good and others have been bad. I can honestly say that to keep changing managers brings instability to a football club. I have witnessed this as Southampton went from the FA Cup final in 2003 to Football League One within a matter of seasons. Administration followed and possible closure beckoned just like it did with Portsmouth and it would be a shame if they did fall out of the football league. But I will enjoy watching County beat them Tomorrow. You need to get behind JE and the team and consolidate the league position and look to build on this experience for next season. Time and patience is needed to nurture a team both on and off the field and League status will remain with NCFC for many years to come. slimboy88
  • Score: 2

2:16pm Fri 28 Mar 14

JimMachen says...

bodffordd wrote:
JimMachen wrote:
Funny old game, football.

Hudson was in charge for nineteen games of which we won six, drew five and lost eight.

In Edinburgh's last nineteen games we have won four, drawn six and lost nine.

Hudson was sacked and Edinburgh has achieved god-like status.

It is all rather subjective.
Lower standard of football Jim. What you wrote about Hudson is all That he achieved at the club, J E on the other hand took us to Wembley twice, yes Wembley where dreams are made! The man took us out of the Conference mud and mire, to solid ground in Division 2 of the Football league...no comparison!
I accept that one hundred percent, but we also had players of a lower standard and a considerably lower budget I would imagine.

I'm not sure how much Hudson would have been able to achieve over a season as he was given barely seven weeks of the 2011/12 season before he was sacked. He may have turned things round had he been given longer.

If all the people who were calling for Holdsworth's head in his first season (and I was one of the very few who weren't) had got their way, then the club may well have still been in the Conference South.

As for Wembley, as far as I am concerned it is just a football ground, and a two thirds or more empty ground at that when we played there. But let's be fair. The Forest Green game aside, every team we played in the Trophy run up to the final was against teams at least two divisions below us. We possibly had the luckiest run of draws in the history of the competition. Even then, we struggled against Northwich and to a lesser extent against Worksop.
[quote][p][bold]bodffordd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JimMachen[/bold] wrote: Funny old game, football. Hudson was in charge for nineteen games of which we won six, drew five and lost eight. In Edinburgh's last nineteen games we have won four, drawn six and lost nine. Hudson was sacked and Edinburgh has achieved god-like status. It is all rather subjective.[/p][/quote]Lower standard of football Jim. What you wrote about Hudson is all That he achieved at the club, J E on the other hand took us to Wembley twice, yes Wembley where dreams are made! The man took us out of the Conference mud and mire, to solid ground in Division 2 of the Football league...no comparison![/p][/quote]I accept that one hundred percent, but we also had players of a lower standard and a considerably lower budget I would imagine. I'm not sure how much Hudson would have been able to achieve over a season as he was given barely seven weeks of the 2011/12 season before he was sacked. He may have turned things round had he been given longer. If all the people who were calling for Holdsworth's head in his first season (and I was one of the very few who weren't) had got their way, then the club may well have still been in the Conference South. As for Wembley, as far as I am concerned it is just a football ground, and a two thirds or more empty ground at that when we played there. But let's be fair. The Forest Green game aside, every team we played in the Trophy run up to the final was against teams at least two divisions below us. We possibly had the luckiest run of draws in the history of the competition. Even then, we struggled against Northwich and to a lesser extent against Worksop. JimMachen
  • Score: 1

5:00pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

The trophy trip to Wembley was a great disappointment.
We were never at the races.
The only player that stood out was Pipey
Then a year later with a smaller following (How mad is that)
I was lucky enough to be jumping up and down with my wife and best mate like lunatics. One of the best days of my footballing life.
Got to be grateful to JE but even more to those 2 lads that have made zero impact this year.
The trophy trip to Wembley was a great disappointment. We were never at the races. The only player that stood out was Pipey Then a year later with a smaller following (How mad is that) I was lucky enough to be jumping up and down with my wife and best mate like lunatics. One of the best days of my footballing life. Got to be grateful to JE but even more to those 2 lads that have made zero impact this year. Harps62
  • Score: 0

5:15pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

Funny old game
Just googled Hudsons career since the County and he has got the last laugh now being an international manager albeit Bahrain probably on a fortune.
Has had time at Real Madrid and Mourinho rates him. Not a bad life style after 19 games of ups and downs with the County.
Funny old game Just googled Hudsons career since the County and he has got the last laugh now being an international manager albeit Bahrain probably on a fortune. Has had time at Real Madrid and Mourinho rates him. Not a bad life style after 19 games of ups and downs with the County. Harps62
  • Score: 0

6:30pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

JE was wise enough to see the writing on the wall at Portsmouth. Even though they are not known for sacking managers they cant afford a relegation. They were struggling to fund the team when they have other financial problems. Pompey were also stringing JE along - they were always going to give Barker the job. Hope Pompey don't get relegated, they have a very big fan base.

For me JE has done a terrific job to save county from relegation, get promotion and finish mid table in his and the clubs first season in League 2. Like the players he has struggled with the pressure (not helped by injuries, postponements and the playing surface), especially since Xmas. He'll be a better manager next season and he'll need to be because the squad now needs converting from good conference player standard to solid and established League 2 standard players.
JE was wise enough to see the writing on the wall at Portsmouth. Even though they are not known for sacking managers they cant afford a relegation. They were struggling to fund the team when they have other financial problems. Pompey were also stringing JE along - they were always going to give Barker the job. Hope Pompey don't get relegated, they have a very big fan base. For me JE has done a terrific job to save county from relegation, get promotion and finish mid table in his and the clubs first season in League 2. Like the players he has struggled with the pressure (not helped by injuries, postponements and the playing surface), especially since Xmas. He'll be a better manager next season and he'll need to be because the squad now needs converting from good conference player standard to solid and established League 2 standard players. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 1

11:37am Sat 29 Mar 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

HUDSON was a nightmare ,, he didnt have the players playing for him, and it was the best decision THE COUNTY BOARD did at the time to sack him swiftly and get justin edinburgh.

HUDSON was a man who never had the football theory but NOT THE football experience.

the quote of the year was HARRY REDKNAPP SAYING "HE IS THE NEW JOSE MOURINHO"..... think not!

brings me out in a cold sweat when the word HUDSON is mentioned
HUDSON was a nightmare ,, he didnt have the players playing for him, and it was the best decision THE COUNTY BOARD did at the time to sack him swiftly and get justin edinburgh. HUDSON was a man who never had the football theory but NOT THE football experience. the quote of the year was HARRY REDKNAPP SAYING "HE IS THE NEW JOSE MOURINHO"..... think not! brings me out in a cold sweat when the word HUDSON is mentioned COUNTYVOICE
  • Score: 1

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