Whittingham set for talks over Pompey manager’s job

Guy Whittingham will today meet with leading members of the community bid as he takes a step closer to becoming Blues manager.

The Pompey Supporters’ Trust board and high-net-worth individuals are keen for Whittingham to take the role on a permanent basis after impressing as caretaker.

Representatives will sit down with him this afternoon to discuss how the club moves forwards.

However, no appointment can be made until the Trust’s acquisition of the club is sealed, potentially Friday.

Blues Hall of Famer Whittingham has been in charge on a temporary basis after Michael Appleton left the club on November 7.

Since then, Whittingham – with Andy Awford as his assistant – has overseen 28 matches, making him the longest-serving caretaker boss in Pompey’s history.

The past 13 matches have seen a dramatic improvement in the Blues’ fortunes, convincing many he is the man to take the club forward.

A late defeat at promotion-chasing Brentford on Saturday was only a third loss in the past 13 matches.

It’s a resurgence built on a settled side, the majority of which has been recruited by Whittingham since the January transfer window.

Whittingham was also in charge for a club-record 23 matches without a win.

But, since mid-February, displays and results have caught the eye, culminating in him being short-listed for the March manager of the month.

Awford is in the frame to become his assistant, although would have to weigh-up leaving his Academy manager position behind.

But Whittingham is poised to be given the job on a permanent basis as the new owners look to the future.