Waddock making his Pompey mark

Gary Waddock, left, on the touchline with Pompey boss Andy Awford at Cheltenham
Gary Waddock, left, on the touchline with Pompey boss Andy Awford at Cheltenham

His training ground presence has reached 27 days but Gary Waddock can sense change.

Nothing sweeping mind you. The planting of fresh ideas inevitably takes time and patience before successfully flourishing.

Nevertheless, the 52-year-old, who was appointed assistant manager last month, believes he can contribute in kick-starting Pompey’s season.

Aiding Andy Awford, Waddock was recruited on the basis of a background entrenched in management and, more importantly, in his current role of coaching.

Those attending Blues games may have already observed the introduction of pre-match shooting practice and several other new routines.

Other Waddock influences can be found behind-closed-doors on the training pitch.

And the former Wycombe boss is satisfied how his Fratton Park time is progressing.

‘I’ve been here a few weeks now, settled in well, people have made me very welcome, so it’s a case of now getting my feet under the table and cracking on with the job,’ said Waddock.

‘It is about little changes, trying to implement one or two things which will benefit the players over a period of time and obviously hoping results will change as well.

‘I don’t know what was done before. I’ve found everything is run in a professional manner but have come in and added one or two little bits I feel will benefit everybody.

‘I have only been involved in four games so far and there has been no drastic change. But over a period of time there will be change – nothing happens overnight.

‘It is said Rome wasn’t built in a day. I just want to put a structure into place that the players can work to, such as organisation in terms of a style and brand of play.

‘I am not saying that wasn’t here before, I’m just coming in open-minded in terms of what we can put into place and how the players can play a certain style.

‘It’s not a case of doing anything drastic because that doesn’t need to be done. At times there might be subtle changes to help everybody.

‘I see myself as a different voice straight away.

‘It’s different ideas, a different voice, a different pair of eyes looking over different things and having my own input and own ideas.

‘Ultimately, a manager makes the decisions and rightly so but different ideas may or may not help. A different voice may or may not help the players – but it’s something different.’

Waddock has been recruited, initially, until the end of the season.

And once again he has reiterated his remit is to help – not replace – Awford.

He added: ‘I have been a manager but have also been an assistant at MK Dons.

‘I have come in here to help and support Andy, it is as simple as that.

‘That is my role and I am totally, totally behind him, so are all the staff. I am his assistant and I will help and support him in any way I can.

‘My contract is short-term until the end of the season and I would love for it to be extended but the most important thing for me is getting results right and performances right.’