Pompey to appoint chief scout

Steve Coppell. Picture: Joe Pepler
Steve Coppell. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey are to appoint Martin Hinshelwood as their new chief scout.

The News understands the 60-year-old is currently serving out his notice in the same role at Crawley, before moving to Fratton Park.

For Hinshelwood it would be a return to the Blues, having previously managed both the youth and reserve teams in the 1990s.

The switch will also reunite him with Richie Barker, Steve Coppell and Anthony Williams, following their time working at the Reds together.

Barker is eager to revamp the football infrastructure at the club and has made appointing a chief scout a priority.

Now Hinshelwood is heading back to Pompey to bolster the existing set-up.

Speaking generally about the chief scout position, Barker said: ‘We are in the process of putting that in place here.

‘There wasn’t anything there so whatever we put in place is better than what wasn’t in place.

‘We have saved some money so can get one in. Part of my job is to channel the finances in the right resources in the right way and I expect it to happen fairly quickly.

‘How a football club the size of Portsmouth can’t have a chief scout, I do not know.

‘We need a structure in place first and then will look to improve it once we have got it going.

‘Recruitment is a very integral part of the game now, it’s massive.

‘It is no disrespect to anyone here before, I have a way of working and I will have a crack at it my way.

‘The important thing now is to put building blocks in place for the long-term, while more than keeping an eye on the short-term job.’

Hinshelwood was previously appointed Pompey youth-team coach by Jim Smith and left when Alan Ball returned in 1998.