PEARLMAN SAYS: Weekend shows County boss Justin Edinburgh was right to stay

THIS weekend proved unequivocally that Justin Edinburgh was absolutely right to turn down the chance to manage Portsmouth.

Don't for a second think I'm basing that assessment on County's superb 2-0 win at Portsmouth, because one swallow doesn't make a summer, and other appropriate clichés.

No, that is based on the sacking of Steve Clarke by West Brom, the probable pinnacle for 2013 managerial departures that can best be summed up in one word... madness.

Because in today's game, any manager that isn't called Arsene Wenger is only ever five or sick matches from being under massive scrutiny or losing his job.

It doesn't matter that Steve Clarke over achieved massively in getting the Baggies to 8th, he still got the boot for failing to reach a benchmark that he himself set.

The position of the football manager has never been more precarious as clubs across the land and not just in the top flight adopt the European policy of dropping bosses at the drop of a hat. It's a phenomenon that is booming.

So with that said, why would Edinburgh go to a basket case of a club like Portsmouth where the recent average tenure of a manager is about 25 minutes? Indeed, the Pompey official Twitter feed intimated new boss Richie Barker had been sacked on Saturday after one game (it was merely an operator error).

Edinburgh is loved at Newport, is revered by the fans and is one of the few bosses in the land with actual job security.

The one thing that can't be snatched from a manager is their CV and Edinburgh is making an impact at County that will ensure his CV stands out among his contemporaries.

There is no doubt in my mind Edinburgh is destined for bigger things than Newport in League Two. But the fact he knows his next job might only last six weeks, that he understands the reality of how the game is played today, stands him in really good stead.

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9:12am Tue 17 Dec 13

pablo9 says...

Just one thing, Guy was the first manager we have sacked since 2006.
Just one thing, Guy was the first manager we have sacked since 2006. pablo9

9:15am Tue 17 Dec 13

pablo9 says...

ok, I meant 2009 its early.
ok, I meant 2009 its early. pablo9

11:15am Tue 17 Dec 13

Exgaffer says...

First let me say that Newport thoroughly deserved their win at Fratton Park on Saturday, they were the better team.

The rest of this article is laughable at best and smacks of a desperate need to fill column inches, without letting inconvenient facts get in the way.

To begin with, Edinburgh wasn't offered the job. Pompey asked for permission to interview him and he said he wasn't interested. Everyone down here (and any journo worthy of the name) knew that Richie Barker was red hot favourite for the job anyway. Edinburgh may be a great manager, time will tell and I wish him well but he wasn't actually offered the Pompey job.

As for calling Pompey a 'basket case of a club', nothing could be further from the truth. We are now 'fan owned' and under the stewardship of people who care passionately for the club (at long last). We are averaging over 15,000 for home games despite our appalling form. Hardly a basket case, more the model that should be followed by others.

Anyway, I wish Newport well for the rest of the season and hope that our new manager can get us out of the trouble we are currently in.

Happy New Year folks.
First let me say that Newport thoroughly deserved their win at Fratton Park on Saturday, they were the better team. The rest of this article is laughable at best and smacks of a desperate need to fill column inches, without letting inconvenient facts get in the way. To begin with, Edinburgh wasn't offered the job. Pompey asked for permission to interview him and he said he wasn't interested. Everyone down here (and any journo worthy of the name) knew that Richie Barker was red hot favourite for the job anyway. Edinburgh may be a great manager, time will tell and I wish him well but he wasn't actually offered the Pompey job. As for calling Pompey a 'basket case of a club', nothing could be further from the truth. We are now 'fan owned' and under the stewardship of people who care passionately for the club (at long last). We are averaging over 15,000 for home games despite our appalling form. Hardly a basket case, more the model that should be followed by others. Anyway, I wish Newport well for the rest of the season and hope that our new manager can get us out of the trouble we are currently in. Happy New Year folks. Exgaffer

11:25am Tue 17 Dec 13

hazellboy says...

Exgaffer wrote:
First let me say that Newport thoroughly deserved their win at Fratton Park on Saturday, they were the better team.

The rest of this article is laughable at best and smacks of a desperate need to fill column inches, without letting inconvenient facts get in the way.

To begin with, Edinburgh wasn't offered the job. Pompey asked for permission to interview him and he said he wasn't interested. Everyone down here (and any journo worthy of the name) knew that Richie Barker was red hot favourite for the job anyway. Edinburgh may be a great manager, time will tell and I wish him well but he wasn't actually offered the Pompey job.

As for calling Pompey a 'basket case of a club', nothing could be further from the truth. We are now 'fan owned' and under the stewardship of people who care passionately for the club (at long last). We are averaging over 15,000 for home games despite our appalling form. Hardly a basket case, more the model that should be followed by others.

Anyway, I wish Newport well for the rest of the season and hope that our new manager can get us out of the trouble we are currently in.

Happy New Year folks.
Well said Exgaffer, at least you don't have to read his dribble every week as us locals have to, the guy has get rose coloured specs on and as I have said before a club like Portsmouth has huge potential and support that we could only dream off, but you are the exception to the rule in lower league football, all the best in the future
[quote][p][bold]Exgaffer[/bold] wrote: First let me say that Newport thoroughly deserved their win at Fratton Park on Saturday, they were the better team. The rest of this article is laughable at best and smacks of a desperate need to fill column inches, without letting inconvenient facts get in the way. To begin with, Edinburgh wasn't offered the job. Pompey asked for permission to interview him and he said he wasn't interested. Everyone down here (and any journo worthy of the name) knew that Richie Barker was red hot favourite for the job anyway. Edinburgh may be a great manager, time will tell and I wish him well but he wasn't actually offered the Pompey job. As for calling Pompey a 'basket case of a club', nothing could be further from the truth. We are now 'fan owned' and under the stewardship of people who care passionately for the club (at long last). We are averaging over 15,000 for home games despite our appalling form. Hardly a basket case, more the model that should be followed by others. Anyway, I wish Newport well for the rest of the season and hope that our new manager can get us out of the trouble we are currently in. Happy New Year folks.[/p][/quote]Well said Exgaffer, at least you don't have to read his dribble every week as us locals have to, the guy has get rose coloured specs on and as I have said before a club like Portsmouth has huge potential and support that we could only dream off, but you are the exception to the rule in lower league football, all the best in the future hazellboy

11:25am Tue 17 Dec 13

hazellboy says...

Exgaffer wrote:
First let me say that Newport thoroughly deserved their win at Fratton Park on Saturday, they were the better team.

The rest of this article is laughable at best and smacks of a desperate need to fill column inches, without letting inconvenient facts get in the way.

To begin with, Edinburgh wasn't offered the job. Pompey asked for permission to interview him and he said he wasn't interested. Everyone down here (and any journo worthy of the name) knew that Richie Barker was red hot favourite for the job anyway. Edinburgh may be a great manager, time will tell and I wish him well but he wasn't actually offered the Pompey job.

As for calling Pompey a 'basket case of a club', nothing could be further from the truth. We are now 'fan owned' and under the stewardship of people who care passionately for the club (at long last). We are averaging over 15,000 for home games despite our appalling form. Hardly a basket case, more the model that should be followed by others.

Anyway, I wish Newport well for the rest of the season and hope that our new manager can get us out of the trouble we are currently in.

Happy New Year folks.
Well said Exgaffer, at least you don't have to read his dribble every week as us locals have to, the guy has get rose coloured specs on and as I have said before a club like Portsmouth has huge potential and support that we could only dream off, but you are the exception to the rule in lower league football, all the best in the future
[quote][p][bold]Exgaffer[/bold] wrote: First let me say that Newport thoroughly deserved their win at Fratton Park on Saturday, they were the better team. The rest of this article is laughable at best and smacks of a desperate need to fill column inches, without letting inconvenient facts get in the way. To begin with, Edinburgh wasn't offered the job. Pompey asked for permission to interview him and he said he wasn't interested. Everyone down here (and any journo worthy of the name) knew that Richie Barker was red hot favourite for the job anyway. Edinburgh may be a great manager, time will tell and I wish him well but he wasn't actually offered the Pompey job. As for calling Pompey a 'basket case of a club', nothing could be further from the truth. We are now 'fan owned' and under the stewardship of people who care passionately for the club (at long last). We are averaging over 15,000 for home games despite our appalling form. Hardly a basket case, more the model that should be followed by others. Anyway, I wish Newport well for the rest of the season and hope that our new manager can get us out of the trouble we are currently in. Happy New Year folks.[/p][/quote]Well said Exgaffer, at least you don't have to read his dribble every week as us locals have to, the guy has get rose coloured specs on and as I have said before a club like Portsmouth has huge potential and support that we could only dream off, but you are the exception to the rule in lower league football, all the best in the future hazellboy

12:47pm Tue 17 Dec 13

NakedDancer says...

As a County fan I have to agree with a very thoughtful response from Exgaffer. The problems at Portsmouth seems to lie with previous owners. However, if Pompey are not promoted his season (a massive task) I expect the manager will be sacked.
As a County fan I have to agree with a very thoughtful response from Exgaffer. The problems at Portsmouth seems to lie with previous owners. However, if Pompey are not promoted his season (a massive task) I expect the manager will be sacked. NakedDancer

2:55pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Exgaffer says...

NakedDancer, you are certainly a master of the understatement when you say that promotion for Pompey is a 'massive task'. As a fan, I have to remain optimistic and, in my wildest dreams, hope for a play-off spot. Realistically, however, I'd be ecstatic with survival in League 2 this year.

Things are a bit different here now, the board has to answer to the fans. There was quite an outcry about the sacking of Guy Whittingham, so I can't see Richie Barker being sacked as long as we stay up.

Our immediate task is to pay off the remaining debt, which is scheduled to take about 3 years. If we can achieve some success in that time, so much the better. We're in it for the long haul though and I'm sure we'll get there in the end.
NakedDancer, you are certainly a master of the understatement when you say that promotion for Pompey is a 'massive task'. As a fan, I have to remain optimistic and, in my wildest dreams, hope for a play-off spot. Realistically, however, I'd be ecstatic with survival in League 2 this year. Things are a bit different here now, the board has to answer to the fans. There was quite an outcry about the sacking of Guy Whittingham, so I can't see Richie Barker being sacked as long as we stay up. Our immediate task is to pay off the remaining debt, which is scheduled to take about 3 years. If we can achieve some success in that time, so much the better. We're in it for the long haul though and I'm sure we'll get there in the end. Exgaffer

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