Kitson: No rush needed for new boss

Dave Kitson has faith in the work being done by temporary management duo Guy Whittingham and Stuart Gray
Dave Kitson has faith in the work being done by temporary management duo Guy Whittingham and Stuart Gray
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Dave Kitson believes Pompey don’t need to rush into making a managerial appointment as they gear up for Doncaster.

Kitson feels the Blues’ form in the past two games has shown there is no panic to bring in a boss.

Pompey go into tomorrow’s clash against Dean Saunders’ side showing encouraging form, despite the loss at Ipswich on Tuesday.

Kitson was full of praise for the job stand-in pair Guy Whittingham and Stuart Gray have done since coming in for Steve Cotterill, following his exit for Nottingham Forest.

The 31-year-old felt the manner of the team’s performances since Cotterill left shows things are on an even keel.

And he pinpointed Gray’s approach on the training ground as another reason why Pompey can afford to wait to get the right person in.

He believes the feel-good factor Gray brings to sessions is being taken into games.

Kitson said: ‘I think if we’d been beaten four or five nil at Ipswich we would have said we’d need somebody to steady the ship. That wasn’t the case, though.

‘What is undeniable is there is an enormous respect for Guy and Stuart.

‘Stuart has been there and done it, in particular.

‘Even when Steve was here, a lot of players spoke about how much they loved Stuart’s sessions. I know I did.

‘It’s true and translates itself on to the pitch.

‘The enjoyment of those sessions make the game an extension of training.

‘We’d need to know sooner rather than later what the situation is.

‘But there is enough there to suggest that a new manager is not urgent.’