Great Pompey Survey reveals interesting fan views

New Pompey boss Paul Cook   Picture: Sarah Standing
New Pompey boss Paul Cook Picture: Sarah Standing
  • Of fans surveyed, 87.1 per cent agree with Cook decision
  • 47.1 per cent felt Awford should have left sooner

Pompey fans have given their overwhelming approval to the appointment of Paul Cook as manager.

That is the finding from week one of our Great Pompey Survey.

A total of 825 people have contributed to the survey, which has been running online since last Monday.

And 87.1 per cent of those taking part agree with the decision to name Cook as Andy Awford’s replacement in the Fratton Park hot-seat.

The Blues are keener than ever to engage with supporters and listen to their thoughts – and in the past week the Great Pompey Survey has focused on events on the pitch.

Next we are looking for your views on the match-day experience.

But first, time to analyse some interesting results already thrown up.

For instance, of those 825 questioned, 47.1 per cent felt Awford should have departed earlier than his April exit by mutual consent.

He left with the Blues in 14th spot with four fixtures remaining as they tumbled towards their lowest-ever finish in the Football League.

On the flip side, 9.2 per cent – 76 people – felt he should still be in charge at Fratton Park.

Meanwhile, 62.7 per cent believed his first-team coach Alan McLoughlin shouldn’t have been sacked in December.

Elsewhere, 41.3 per cent considered the failure of the campaign to rest with team selection, ahead of formations (28.4), loan signings (16.8) and permanent recruits (13.4).

Those categories highlight the contrasting views among the Fratton faithful on a campaign which failed to inspire.

The survey also showed a massive 83.3 per cent felt board expectations of the play-offs under Awford was a reasonable target.

Similarly, 62 per cent have voted the play-offs as the minimum requirement for new boss Cook following last week’s appointment.

Although 86 people (10.5 per cent) are of the opinion any progress is acceptable, even if the Blues fail to reach the top seven of League Two.

High demands are reflected by 5.5 per cent declaring winning the title should be Cook’s aim.

As regards to the season which has already ended for the Blues, you voted Shrewsbury as the best side you saw, with their midfielder Ryan Woods the most impressive player.

Unsurprisingly, Cambridge United away was selected as the best performance (63.4 per cent), with the trip to Aldershot in the FA Cup (49.1 per cent) the worst.

Paul Robinson romped home as Awford’s best signing (56.9 per cent), ahead of Matt Tubbs (33.5 per cent), while four people elected Marcus Bean.

As for the worst, loan trio Paul McCallum (29.5), Cole Kpekawa (24.4) and Alex Wynter (15.3) comfortably led the way.

In terms of the most promising player to make his debut, little shock to see Conor Chaplin (52.8) and Ben Close (42.9) dominating.

The next survey, concentrating on match-day experience, will be live at from midday today.