Webber - Hart axe a shock
Portsmouth striker Danny Webber has told skysports.com it was a 'massive shock' to learn that Paul Hart had been sacked as manager.
By Peter O'Rourke
Last Updated: 25/11/09 11:49am
Portsmouth striker Danny Webber has revealed it was a 'massive shock' to learn that Paul Hart had been sacked as manager.
Hart was relieved of his duties on Tuesday evening after a disappointing start to the season which has left Pompey bottom of the Premier League after picking up just seven points from 13 games.
He had taken training in the morning and Webber, who was brought to Fratton Park by Hart on a free transfer in September, admits none of the players had been expecting his departure.
Webber praised the work of Hart during his time on the South Coast after he had also kept the club in the top flight last season.
"The news came as a massive shock," Webber told skysports.com.
"The first I heard of it was when I saw it on Sky Sports News.
"Paul was at training today and everything was as normal as usual. I don't think any of the players saw this coming at all.
"I am sad to hear Paul has gone as I myself and all the lads have been impressed with the work he was doing and how he conducted himself.
"I don't think anyone would have any bad words to say about him."
Former Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has been installed as the early favourite for the vacancy, with ex-Charlton and West Ham boss Alan Curbishley also a contender.
Webber believes whoever takes over will inherit a good squad and have the full backing of the players as they look to climb clear of danger at the wrong end of the table.
He added: "I have no idea who the new manager will be, but they will inherit a good, hard-working squad that Paul has left them.
"Whoever the new manager will be it is guaranteed they will have 100 per cent backing from the squad as everyone is determined to climb up the table."