Northeast: When phone calls and texts stop it might sink in

Molly Clark. Picture: Sarah Standing

Molly Clark. Picture: Sarah Standing

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WITH one match remaining in his tenure as Pompey Ladies boss, Perry Northeast has not yet found out what life will be like after leaving the job.

The phone calls are still coming in from players wanting to know what footwear is most suitable for the game.

And the text messages with injury and fitness updates have not yet stopped.

The focus has all been on the final match at home to Cardiff tomorrow, despite Northeast’s decison to announce his departure from the club last weekend.

He will get a chance in the coming weeks to begin to adapt to a different lifestyle and plot his own future.

Only then might the constant buzz from the phone, as current and also former players look for advice, slowly begin to subside.

In truth it probably won’t happen until after the outgoing boss has sat down with the board as they look to analyse this campaign and discuss the challenges ahead in the bid to reach the promised land of the FA Women’s Super League.

Northeast said: ‘We have got a game to play against Cardiff now.

‘We will all focus on what we have got to do.

‘It feels a bit easier now I have made the decision, it really does.

‘Maybe when I stop getting the phone calls and the texts, when I stop getting a text from Molly Clark at 5.30am because that’s when she wakes up, or I stop getting a phone call from Ini Umotong at 1am because that’s just when she calls people.

‘That’s when I maybe might think I miss this.

‘But for now those things are still happening.

‘You can’t be emotive while you are still getting those late night phone calls from a player who just wants to ask what kind of boots she should wear, or from a player to say “yeah, I’ll be at physio”.

‘When I stop getting those maybe it will be a bit more emotional but for now I’m still getting them.’

Pompey beat Cardiff 1-0 in Wales on the opening day of the season and also won 2-0 in the FA Cup at home against the Welsh side in the first match of 2016.

Tomorrow brings the chance to complete an impressive hat-trick over the side they have often struggled against down the years.

A win would also be a fitting finale to Northeast’s time in charge.

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