Portsmouth goalkeeper David James believes temporary bosses Paul Hart and Brian Kidd have already made their mark at Fratton Park following Tony Adams's sacking last Monday. Former Forest manager Hart and Blackburn boss Kidd enjoyed a perfect start to their Pompey tenures at the weekend, guiding the south coast outfit to a first win in 10 Premier League outings with goals from Glen Johnson and Hermann Hreidersson sealing a 2-0 win against Manchester City. And James, who surpassed Gary Speed's Premier League appearance record of 535 games by keeping a clean sheet, revealed his admiration for the new men's attitude and approach since stepping into the breach. "With communication, you can do a lot of things in a short space of time," he said. "It is not as if you are dealing with a dressing room full of inexperienced players. It is the same side as last year. "There were some things Kiddo was saying about our training that he said he had never seen before and that was surprising. The pair of them never shut up, but in the right way. It is not ranting and raving but they talk and make their views clear. "That was what was needed. If one game was anything to go by you would sign them up for a couple of years, but in reality it is a board decision. I worked with Kiddo in the England set-up. He was telling me about Manchester United, not in a bragging way, and how he worked with individuals. "It was amazing to have that conversation with him, because it is exactly what I had been saying for 18 months. It is better than someone coming in with something outlandish and slightly bizarre."
16 February 2009
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