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Hart undecided on making Portsmouth job permanent

Interim Portsmouth boss Paul Hart is still considering whether to take on the role as manager of Pompey in the long term. Newcastle's defeat by Fulham on Saturday has guaranteed Pompey's top-flight status for a seventh successive season no matter what the result of their final home game against fellow strugglers Sunderland.

"As we speak, nothing has changed with my situation.

"I would still hope to be here next season because I have two years left on my youth director contract but as for anything else we will just have to wait and see.

"I have enjoyed this (manager's) role but my wife Vicky didn't really want me to take it and I think it is fair to say that when I said yes to (Pompey executive chairman) Peter Storrie, I didn't really know what it entailed.

"At first it was to take training for only a few days and possibly be in charge for one match, but it has gone on from there.

"People can talk all they want but when it gets to this stage all I do is work from day to day and I've no idea of what might happen now.

"It is a relief for everyone connected with the club that we are safe. It means another season in the Premier League guaranteed and I'm not sure if some people realise how important that is.

"When you see big clubs like Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough fighting to stay up and listen to the soundbites coming out of those clubs, it paints the full picture.

"All I'm looking at now is to finish the season well. There is still positional money to play for, which is important, and we owe it to ourselves and to the supporters to end in style and finish as high as we can."

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