Hart stays on at Portsmouth
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English Premier League strugglers Portsmouth have confirmed that Paul Hart will remain as manager until the end of the season.

The 55-year-old had been in charge on a caretaker basis after the dismissal of Tony Adams' last month. Former Blackburn Rovers manager Brian Kidd will stay at Fratton Park as Hart's assistant manager and first team coach.

Former Nottingham Forest manager Hart, who was working as Portsmouth's youth academy chief prior to succeeding Adams, had guided Portsmouth to a win and a draw in his first two matches. The decision to hand him the reins for the rest of the campaign was made prior to today's 1-0 home defeat by Chelsea, which left Portsmouth two points and two places above the relegation zone.

Executive chairman Peter Storrie told the Portsmouth official website: "(Owner) Sacha (Gaydamak) and I have been delighted with how the team have fared under Paul and Brian's control.

"They both have so much experience in the game and they have the respect of the players. We will review the managerial situation again at the end of the season."