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Boss Hart at Portsmouth for the duration

Portsmouth boss Paul Hart insists he will never quit the South Coast strugglers. Their off-field problems have hampered their progress on the pitch and they currently lie bottom of the Premier League table after 12 games.

However, Hart is not taking his position in football for granted and still feels he is at a good football club.

"I consider myself, 40 years after I entered the game, very fortunate to be in football," Hart told the News of the World.

"Despite our problems, I am very, very privileged to manage a smashing football club.

"It's been one hell of a test and you've got to be on your toes.

"I knew things were bad when I took over but I wouldn't have believed they would get even worse.

"The situation I face at Portsmouth is totally unique. It's demoralising watching players walk out of the door.

"No club ever reports back for pre-season with 14 players.

"What has happened to us is a salutary warning to everybody, but I believe I can get us out of this mess and I won't ever give up."

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