Trust set to appoint new Pompey manager

Guy Whittingham. Picture: Joe Pepler
Guy Whittingham. Picture: Joe Pepler

The Trust will appoint Pompey’s new manager next week.

And Guy Whittingham is the man the club’s new owners want for the role permanently.

The caretaker boss, along with Andy Awford, has presided over the first team since November, with an impressive run of late.

A meeting is pencilled in on Monday for the Trust’s board to discuss who will get the job.

Unsurprisingly, Whittingham’s name is at the very top of the list.

Prospective Blues chairman Iain McInnes has admitted the 48-year-old has emerged as the favourite.

But no final decision will be reached until next week.

McInnes said: ‘Guy and Andy have made a very strong case to be considered for the position full-time.

‘There is a lust within the Trust to maybe continue with that on-going.

‘I certainly think that is a strong possibility.

‘If we are going to make the theme Portsmouth Football Club can you think of anybody better?

‘Let’s give ourselves the early part of next week with clear heads.

‘We have then got to sit down and one of the first decisions has got to be who the management team is going to be.

‘Otherwise we are going to end up with a pre-season like before where nobody knows where they stand.

‘That has got to be a priority.

‘Me, personally, I would like that person to be in place before the last home game.

‘Guy has been fantastic and probably done a job nobody else could have done – and Andy (Awford) and the other backroom team, too.

‘In the last six or seven weeks he has galvanised the team and the results have come.

‘He has transformed the performances of a few of the players.

‘I think what Guy is, is a galvaniser.

‘What he has done, along with Andy, is create a team spirit as good as the spirit we have had off the pitch.

‘And if that doesn’t put him in pole, then I don’t know what does.’

A decision must also be made whether Awford continues in his role, to maintain their blossoming partnership.

The alternative could be the former Pompey defender returning to oversee the Academy.

Regardless, the management situation is expected to be resolved as early as next week.

McInnes added: ‘We have been very careful not to ask Guy and Andy for an opinion one way or another.

‘Guy has not pushed us to make a decision and that shows the professionalism of the guy.

‘We get on really well, which is important. He puts up with me!

‘Let’s be honest about it, if somebody else had won the court case there may have been the chance Guy would be managing somewhere else.’