Strachan no-go

Last updated : 19 December 2004 By Keith Allman
It's been officially announced that Gordon Strachan has turned down the chance to manage Portsmouth. It is believed that one of the main reasons given was because it was "too soon" after his stint managing Southampton. Director Terry Brady was quoted as saying, "He's come to a conclusion that at this part of his career the timing is not right."

Personally, I'm not unduly bothered. As much as I'd like to see the managerial situation sorted, I just can't get overly enthusiastic about Strachan, and I'd much rather have Zajec in charge. Indeed, the "Veli and Joe" combination seems likely to continue through until the summer.

This does worry me somewhat, I must be honest. As much as I rate their tactics and training methods, players are going to be slightly concerned about moving here in the January transfer window, purely because of insecurity about who's in charge. After all, they could come here being told that they're essential first team members, only for Zajec to get shifted out in favour of a "permanent" number one six months later.

Much to chew over.