Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that Paul Hart has been relieved of his duties as first-team manager. The decision has been made reluctantly by the board and is based on results that leave the club at the bottom of the Premier League. Paul was offered the role of technical director, developing players from the ages of 18-21, but declined the position. The club plans to announce a replacement very quickly and until that time the players will be led by first team coaches Paul Groves and Ian Woan. Chief executive Peter Storrie said: Paul has worked under very difficult circumstances with the financial restrictions the club has faced since he took over. However, the board feels that the team should have accrued more points to date and that we need a new man in charge to ensure Premier League survival. The board would like to thank Paul for his work not only in keeping the club in the Premier League last season but also for his time in charge of youth development. Paul is a man of great dignity and we hoped he would stay and help us develop younger players on the fringes of the first team. We are genuinely sad to see him leave. Everyone at the club wishes him well for the future.