The Cross Word: Field’s assembled in race for Fratton hot seat

Ian Holloway
Ian Holloway

The Pompey fans haves spoken on who they want to be the club’s next manager and the board meet today to narrow the field.

Here’s my take on the runners and riders in the Fratton Hot Seat Stakes....

Ian Holloway was the top pick of Pompey fans by some distance. I happen to agree with them.

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Phil Brown

Success in League Two? Check. Knowledge of the level? Check. Personality to handle a big club? Check. Ticks all of the boxes and has talked up his appreciation of Pompey’s fans plenty of times before.

Has this week indicated he is preparing to sign a new contract at Southend but could that be an effort to gauge how strong Pompey’s interest is?

Paul Cook

Has found himself towards the head of the betting as the bookies start to get a grip on the managerial race.

Cook has produced at Chesterfield, getting them promoted and into League One play-offs and is believed to have favour on the Pompey board.

But would be an underwhelming appointment for fans and a managerial CV which also includes Southport, Sligo Rovers and Accrington Stanley doesn’t tell us if he could handle life at Fratton Park.

Neil Warnock

Would definitely galvanise the Pompey fans and was voted their second-favourite choice.

But it seems Warnock is happy to take more of back seat at 66, with his coaches heavily involved.

There were noises to that extent when he was at Crystal Palace last year.

The Warnock of five years ago would be my top choice but not so now.

Ian Holloway

Was the top pick of Pompey fans by some distance. I happen to agree with them.

But how keen is Holloway to come to Fratton Park?

Said he was ‘flattered’ by fan support in The News last week but was hardly gushing about the prospect of joining the Blues.

Has an impressive CV but has never managed at League Two level. And why did it go so wrong at Millwall?

Martin Allen

Would certainly make for an interesting journey with Martin Allen at the helm.

Another choice Pompey fans would take to, won the League Two title with Gillingham two years ago and looks set to take Barnet into the Football League this weekend.

Caretaker boss Gary Waddock has endorsed his credentials. Would be ideal if the board take a view a pick-me-up to get out of the division before taking stock is the route to go.

Darren Ferguson

Was fourth favourite among Pompey fans in our poll behind Holloway, Warnock and Brown.

An impressive record at Peterborough where he gained two automatic promotions and a play-off victory but didn’t shine at Preston.

Is understood to be keen on the job and would be a solid all-round choice.

Teddy Sheringham

A glamorous option and one which would get the Pompey support’s imagination going.

The board are keen to steer away from former players but his career at Fratton Park totalled 38 appearances.

Has applied for the job and his future appears to lie away from West Ham, where he currently coaches.

A big drawback would be his lack of experience, however.


What a choice Mark Warburton would be – but Championship sides are lining up for him and he’s on big money.

Forget Nigel Adkins. He believes he can ply his trade at a higher level

Paul Tisdale? Neal Ardley? Excelled at smaller clubs in League Two but Pompey would be another matter. Nigel Worthington? Underwhelming. Dave Jones? No thanks.