| by Neil Allen December 6, 2013|
Richie Barker is the man Pompey want to become their new boss.
The News understands the Blues’ seven-man board late last night voted for the ex-Crawley manager to replace Guy Whittingham.
Barker will be joined by Steve Coppell in a director of football role, although it is believed Coppell will not be paid a wage.
Pompey are now finalising Barker’s contract details and other aspects with a view to officially unveiling him on Monday.
If there are no late hitches, it will end an 11-day search for a successor to Whittingham during which a seven-name shortlist was assembled containing the likes of Oxford’s Chris Wilder, Exeter’s Paul Tisdale and Steve Claridge.
The final two – David Connolly and Andy Awford – were interviewed yesterday before directors were canvassed over their preference for the next manager.
Chief executive Mark Catlin, who previously helped appoint Barker at Bury, did not have a vote in the process as he is not on the Blues board.Instead Iain McInnes, Ashley Brown, Mick Williams, Mark Trapani, Mike Dyer, Chris Moth and John Kirk came to the decision to put Barker into the Fratton Park hot seat.
|December 5, 2013|
Mark Catlin has revealed Pompey’s board are to choose the next Pompey manager over the next 24 hours.
It is likely to be after the weekend before the appointment is finalised through a contract.
The Blues have so far interviewed five of the seven candidates on their short list to replace Guy Whittingham.
The final two will be seen today before the board attempts to reach agreement over the preferred applicant.
|December 1, 2013 |
Hermann Hreidarsson and David James have applied to become Pompey’s new management duo, following the sacking of Guy Whittingham.
Richie Barker and Martin Allen are among the favourites.
But Sunday Mirror Sport reports that ex-players Hreidarsson and James have made a joint application.
The pair made a combined total of 257 appearances for Portsmouth and former defender Hreidarsson offered to play for the club for nothing last year.
He has managed in his native Iceland, with IBV Vestmannaeyjar, where he signed keeper James, 43 in April.
Barker is free after his axeing by League One side Crawley.
Tuesday November 26, 2013 3:00 PM Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England (map)
The 49-year-old took his press duties as normal around 1pm today ahead of the fixture with Southend.
However, within hours he was dismissed after a board meeting headed by chairman Iain McInnes and chief executive Mark Catlin.
Backroom staff Steve Allen, David Connolly, Dave Coles, Alan McLoughlin and Andy Awford were later called to Fratton Park when the news was delivered to staff.
Whittingham has paid the price after four successive defeats saw the Blues knocked out of two cup competitions and slip to 18th in the table.
Saturday’s 2-1 home loss to Scunthorpe was met with boos and chants of ‘That was embarrassing’ from the Fratton faithful.
Former fan favourite Whittingham took over at Fratton Park last November but managed only 11 wins in 51 games.
The club currently lie 18th in the League Two table having lost their last three league matches, including a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Scunthorpe United on Saturday.
A statement on the club's official website said: 'Portsmouth Community Football Club regret to announce that, following a meeting with the chairman, CEO and finance director, Guy Whittingham has today left his post as manager after his contract was terminated
'The club wishes to place on record its sincere gratitude to Guy for his service to the club during difficult times.'
Whittingham took over as caretaker manager at Fratton Park in November 2012 following Michael Appleton's departure to Blackpool before being appointed the club's permanent manager in April of this year.
The 49-year-old scored 99 goals in 173 appearances during his playing days with the south coast club, including a record of 42 goals in the 1992/93 season as Pompey missed out on automatic promotion to the Premier League on goals scored.
An early favourite for the South Coast job is former Gillingham boss Martin Allen.
In the meantime, academy boss Andy Awford will take caretaker charge for Tuesday's home clash with Southend and will be assisted by first-team coach Alan McLoughlin and striker David Connolly