Guy closes in on Blues hot seat

Blues caretaker boss Guy Whittingham Picture: Joe Pepler
Blues caretaker boss Guy Whittingham Picture: Joe Pepler

Guy Whittingham has admitted he’s held talks over becoming permanent Pompey boss.

And he’s described opening negotiations with prospective new owners, the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, as ‘good’ as his appointment draws close.

The caretaker manager met expected Pompey chairman Iain McInnes to discuss the role on Tuesday.

Whittingham cannot be hired for the job until the community bid’s acquisition of the club is completed.

That could happen today, in time for the visit of Sheffield United in the final Fratton Park match of the season.

Regardless of the time frame, he will be officially unveiled as Pompey manager once the club emerges from administration – a decision which will surprise no-one.

Whittingham. who is keen to have a massive say in the reconstruction of the club under the Trust’s ownership, will hold further talks.

But the former Blues striker is on track to get the role he craves.

‘I think you can quite safely say there have been some good talks, but nothing is concrete,’ said Whittingham.

‘It has only been talks as in “do you fancy it or not, what do you think about it?”

‘So I’m thinking about it and they are thinking about it.

‘We need to get out of administration first and get that sorted, then I am sure we will lock heads and sort something out.

‘Let’s make sure that’s done first and foremost. They can be rest assured we are planning for things and if somebody else comes in then things are planned.

‘The talks were positive. I think I am a taxi now for Iain McInnes, which is positive!

‘You have to make sure everybody is on the same footing.

‘We know everybody’s in agreement about what needs to be done and once coming out of administration is sorted then we can talk about personal things afterwards.

‘It all depends on administration. If they can do it today then hopefully something will be done (with the manager’s job) over the weekend.

‘If not, a lot depends on when next they will be able to come out of administration.’

The Trust are desperately hoping to complete the deal before tomorrow, with bumper gate receipts at stake.

If successful, a symbolic handing over of the club is pencilled in for on the pitch before the Blades fixture.

In the meantime, Whittingham insists he is putting plans in place for next season.

He added: ‘The plan is going ahead, you have to do that – you can’t go and wait and wait and wait because it might be too late.

‘You have to try to plan and do things, your pre-season, your pre-season games, players, that sort of thing.

‘A training ground would be good as well. All those sorts of things need to be done and we have got on with it.

‘And the most important thing is there are good people around me in the backroom.’