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Hart focuses on caretaker duties

Paul Hart
Hart's last managerial job was at Rushden & Diamonds

Paul Hart batted away questions as to whether he would like to be named Portsmouth manager after guiding the club to a first victory in nine games.

In his first game as caretaker manager, the 55-year-old guided Portsmouth to a 2-0 win over Manchester City.

"I'm not looking that far," said Hart, when asked about his his long-term aspirations. "We're planning for next week and then we'll see what happens.

"It's not in my hands really. But I'm here, everyone knows where I am."

But Hart, who stepped from leading Pompey's youth development programme to take on the caretaker role after Tony Adams's sacking last week, said he thoroughly enjoyed his return to management.

"There was a little bit of a tingle in my stomach that I haven't felt for four or five years," added Hart, whose last managerial role was at Rushden and Diamonds in 2006.

Caretaker Hart praises Pompey workrate

"Because I've not been around management for a few years it was a day of not really knowing what to expect. Working with the players for just a day you don't get to see them at full pelt.

"You wonder 'have you got this right?' that sort of thing. But I saw it in the players' eyes that they were determined and I felt comforted by that."

Saturday's win moved Portsmouth up to 15th in the table and four points above the relegation zone.

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Portsmouth 2-0 Man City
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Eriksson receives Mexico support
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Kidd to assist Hart at Portsmouth
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Pompey begin new manager search
10 Feb 09 |  Portsmouth
Adams 'surprised' at Pompey axe
09 Feb 09 |  Portsmouth
Portsmouth confirm Adams sacking
09 Feb 09 |  Portsmouth
Eriksson appointed Mexico coach
03 Jun 08 |  Internationals

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