Guy Whittingham was caretaker manager of Football League One side Portsmouth from November 2012 to April 2013. He became permanent full-time Portsmouth manager on 24 April 2013.
Whittingham paid the price after four successive defeats saw the Blues knocked out of two cup competitions and slip to 18th in the League 2 table.
Former fan favourite Whittingham took over at Fratton Park last November but managed only 11 wins in 51 games.
Guy Whittingham has been given the Caretaker Manager job with Pompey together with Andy Awford as his assistant following the departure of first team manager Michael Appleton, who has bagged a job with Championship side Blackpool.
The pair of them sit alongside each other in Pompey’s Hall of Fame. Now Guy Whittingham and Andy Awford are serving together as the Blues’ managerial team. The duo will take charge of Pompey at Bury on Saturday. Awford was asked to step up from his job as Academy manager to assist stand-in boss Whittingham in first-team duties.
The duo established themselves as Fratton favourites whilst playing in the same teams together. And for Whittingham, there is no-one better to serve as his right-hand man. He said: ‘Myself and Trevor Birch sat around a table and, considering the state of affairs at the moment, it had to be done in-house. ‘It was just felt we needed somebody alongside me with the football knowledge that Awfs has got. ‘Ultimately, it will be my call, but you are always open to persuasion and people see different things when you are looking at solutions. ‘I am looking forward to it. Me and Awfs are similar on our philosophy of football, anyway, having played under Jim Smith.
‘We have talked lots of times since we’ve been back at the club together. ‘We’re good friends so that helps. ‘Part of being good friends is making sure you tell each other what you think – and we’re open enough and honest enough to do that.’
Appleton's year at Fratton Park
Played: 51 Won: 13 Drawn: 11 Lost: 27
November: Appointed Portsmouth manager.
Later that day, it was announced that first team coaches would take over management duties, Cotterill's departure allowed several omitted players a return to the first team, such as and Dave Kitson and Ricardo Rocha in a 2–0 home win against Barnsley.
Michael Appleton was announced as the new Portsmouth manager on 10 November 2011
Steve Cotterill was appointed as manager of Portsmouth on 18 June 2010, with the club enduring ongoing financial difficulties. Cotterill played a key role in stabilising Portsmouth through some turbulent times which saw the club nearly go bust.
Cotterill had performed a highly creditable job whilst working within complete uncertainty almost every day. This drew many suitors during the close season. Cotterill was granted permission to speak with Nottingham Forest on 14 October 2011 after compensation was agreed with Portsmouth.
On 7 October 2009, Avram Grant returned to Portsmouth as their new Director of football following the purchase of the club by Ali al-Faraj. On 26 November 2009, following the release of Paul Hart, Grant was confirmed as the new manager of the club. Grant oversaw a run to the FA Cup final which saw them narrowly beaten by his old club Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.
On 20 May 2010, Grant resigned as the manager of Portsmouth. He announced his decision to leave in an open letter to fans on the club's website, stating that "it was the hardest decision I have ever had to make". He went on to say that Portsmouth's fans had brought tears to his eyes with their loyalty, devotion and passion for the club.
On 19 March 2007, Paul Hart was appointed Director of Youth Operations at Portsmouth. He was asked to take over as caretaker manager, initially for one game only following the sacking of Tony Adams on 9 February 2009. Shortly afterwards, Hart brought Brian Kidd in as his assistant. He won his first game in charge 2–0 at home to Manchester City on 14 February 2009. Hart continued as caretaker manager until the end of the 2008–09 season and was subsequently appointed as permanent manager on a two-year contract on 21 July 2009.
On 24 November, with only two Premier League wins in 13 games and three points adrift at the bottom of the table, Hart was sacked. He declined the offer of an alternative role as technical director responsible for players aged 18–21, and left the club.
On 25 October 2008, Redknapp left Portsmouth for a second time, leaving his assistant Tony Adams to be promoted to the managerial role. On 27 November, Portsmouth managed a historic 2–2 draw with Italian giants A.C. Milan, going 2–0 up through goals from Younes Kaboul and Peter Crouch, but conceding two goals later in the game. However, performances were not consistently good, and the FA Cup holders bowed out of the 2009 competition at the fourth round stage with a 2–0 home defeat at the hands of Championship side Swansea City. Adams was dismissed in February 2009.Youth team coach Paul Hart took over as manager until the end of the season, with Brian Kidd assisting him
Redknapp returned to Portsmouth on 7 December 2005 with the club threatened by relegation to the Championship, although not in the relegation zone. At first it looked like Redknapp would be heading for a second successive relegation, but a fine run of form at the end of the season, aided by the takeover of Portsmouth by Alexandre Gaydamak (which provided Redknapp with more money), ensured Portsmouth's survival.
In the following season, Redknapp led Portsmouth to a ninth placed finish which was the club's highest league finish since the 1950s. In October 2007, Redknapp signed a new contract at Portsmouth lasting until 2011.
On 8 March, he led Portsmouth to an FA Cup quarter final victory over Manchester United, completing a hat-trick of FA Cup wins over Manchester United, and followed this with a semi-final victory over West Bromwich Albion at Wembley Stadium on 5 April. He guided the club to their first FA Cup Final in 69 years, where they beat Cardiff City, on 17 May 2008, to win The FA Cup 1–0, thanks to a goal scored by Nwankwo Kanu.
Redknapp returned to Portsmouth to receive the Freedom of the City in a ceremony on 28 October 2008. As this event took place two days after his departure for Tottenham, he received a mixed reception from the Portsmouth fans, despite having led the club to a long-awaited trophy in the 2008 FA Cup.
In 2004, after a recommendation, Jordan was brought into the coaching team at Portsmouth by manager Harry Redknapp to work alongside him and his assistant manager, Kevin Bond. Under Redknapp, Jordan went on to win the 2008 FA Cup Final with Portsmouth. They beat Cardiff city 1-0 at Wembley Stadium on 17 May.
Jordan continued to coach the team under the management of Velimir Zajec and Alain Perrin. He took over as caretaker manager for two games in November 2005 after Perrin's departure, before Redknapp returned after resigning from Southampton.
On 7 November 2008 Jordan left Portsmouth to join Redknapp at Tottenham Hotspur as first team coach, reforming the original Portsmouth back room team after Redknapp had also brought the recently sacked Bournemouth manager Kevin Bond as Tottenham assistant manager. Portsmouth praised Jordan's “significant contribution” on his departure after four years at the club.
In April 2005, Alain Perrin was appointed manager of Portsmouth, replacing caretaker Velimir Zajec, who had been in charge, since previous manager Harry Redknapp left in November 2004. Immediately, he was nicknamed 'Reggie' by the British press, and the Pompey fans, after the character Reginald Perrin from "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin". He succeeded in keeping the club in the top flight, and will be fondly remembered for the 4-1 mauling of local rivals Southampton, a result that effectively consigned them to relegation. However, just 8 months into the job, and after achieving only four wins from 20 games, Perrin was sacked.
He took over as temporary team manager following the resignation of Harry Redknapp in November 2004 and was confirmed as the new manager on 21 December 2004.
When the Leicester City manager's job became vacant with the dismissal of Peter Taylor that autumn, Redknapp was widely tipped to take over at the East Midlands club, but stayed loyal to Pompey and the Leicester job went to Dave Bassett. Ironically, it was reported in the national media that had Redknapp taken over, Bassett would have been on his coaching staff at the East Midlands club.
However, after the club's poor form he replaced manager Graham Rix in March 2002. Redknapp managed the club to the Division One title in the 2002–03 season, gaining promotion to the Premier League, replacing his former club West Ham.Redknapp kept Portsmouth in the Premier League in the 2003–04 season, but had a dispute with Portsmouth's owner Milan Mandarić over his assistant Jim Smith. Redknapp had another disagreement with Mandaric over the appointment of Velimir Zajec as Director of Football and resigned as Portsmouth's manager in November 2004.
A string of poor results, including a 4-1 home loss in the F.A Cup to bottom of the Football League Leyton Orient, meant that Director of Football Harry Redknapp was given more responsibilities until eventually, Redknapp replaced Rix as team manager toward the end of the season.
In 1998 Steve Claridge joined his hometown club Portsmouth on loan and, following a brief period at Wolverhampton Wanderers, signed for Portsmouth on a permanent basis. From 2000 this was as a player-manager, though Claridge's reign lasted for just twenty-five games before he was demoted. After a period on loan with Millwall, he moved to the London club on a free transfer in 2001.
Portsmouth Playing record
1998-1999 Played 39 Scored 9 goals (Division 1)
Pulis took Portsmouth from the bottom three to mid-table but lasted only 10 months in the job before being sacked and being replaced by Steve Claridge in October 2000
The club only survived on the last day of the 2000–01 season when they won their final game and Huddersfield Town lost theirs, keeping Portsmouth up at their expense.
From To Games W D L Win %
13 January 2000 12 October 2000 35 11 10 14 31.43
Former Arsenal defender Bob McNab was part of a consortium led by Milan Mandaric that took over Portsmouth in 1999, and briefly came out of retirement and took over as caretaker manager of the side after the sacking of Alan Ball in December 1999, until the appointment of Tony Pulis the following month.
Bob McNab, together with Kevin Bond took charge of the impending FA Cup Tie against premier league Sunderland.
Ball's departure had been sad but not unexpected given the run the side had endured.
In January 1998, Ball was contacted by Brian Howe, who informed him he was to make a takeover bid for the club and that he would like Ball to manage the club. This led to Ball returning to Portsmouth as manager in February 1998, however the take-over never came about. When he was appointed Pompey were several points adrift at the bottom of the table and enduring a near-fatal financial crisis, going into administration for over a year. In 1998 he masterminded a miraculous escape that saw two of his former sides (Stoke City and Manchester City) relegated after Pompey won 3–1 at Bradford City on the final day of the season. He also kept them up in the 1998–9 season, but his contract was terminated on 9 December 1999 with the club in the lower half of Division One. His departure came 6 months after the club was rescued from financial oblivion by new owner Milan Mandaric. On his retirement, 54-year-old Ball was the last remaining England World Cup winner in management.
Keith Waldon, a physiotherapist and sports coach, was assistant manager of Portsmouth F.C. under Terry Fenwick. He took charge of Portsmouth F.C as caretaker manager. in January 1998 after Fenwick's dismissal.
In his time as caretaker, Waldon lost of all three his matches. At the end of January, Alan Ball was appointed as manager and Keith Waldon has not been in football management since.
After an underwhelming first full season in charge, where the club only avoided relegation on goal difference, an improved second season saw the club miss out on a play-off spot by just one place, and they also eliminated then-Premier League Leeds United from the FA Cup.
A dire third season cost Fenwick his job however, and he left with the Club bottom of the Division One table.
Jim Smith accepted the appointment as manager of Portsmouth in the summer of 1991. He had a fairly successful reign at Fratton Park for four years, including reaching the FA Cup semi-finals in 1992, where they took Liverpool to a replay before losing on penalties after extra time. A year later, a successful season in the league meant that they missed out on automatic promotion to the Premier League only on goal difference and then losing in the playoffs. Key players including Darren Anderton and Guy Whittingham were sold, and there was no money for adequate replacements. Smith was finally sacked in January 1995 after a decline in form left them struggling at the wrong end of Division One
|Tony Barton moved to Portsmouth in December 1961, where he subsequently became player-coach. After retiring as a player, after 130 games and 34 goals for Portsmouth, he remained on the club's coaching staff. |
He subsequently joined the coaching staff at Aston Villa, becoming assistant manager to Ron Saunders in 1980. Villa won the League Championship in 1981 (their first league title in 71 years) and Barton was promoted to the manager's seat in February 1982 after Saunders' resignation.
He guided Villa to victory over Bayern Munich in the 1982 European Cup final and followed this up with the European Super Cup in 1983, but their league form did not match their success in Europe and he was sacked in May 1984.
In July 1984, he took over as manager of Northampton Town but left in April 1985 after suffering a heart attack. In September that year he became assistant manager of Southampton under Chris Nicholl, remaining at the Dell until May 1988. He later became assistant manager of Portsmouth and in March 1991 took over as caretaker manager for 12 games after the resignation of Frank Burrows.
He died on 20th August 1993, aged 57.
Frank Burrows returns
Frank's first spell as Manager for Pompey was May 1979 – May 1982
He later managed Swansea City and Cardiff City and was manager of the Cardiff side which won promotion to Division Two in 1999.
Chairman Jim Gregory, never a man with a reputation for patience, had dispensed with the services of Alan Ball as manager after a 2-1 defeat at Leicester in mid-January made it just one win in 8 games.
Ball's managerial career with Portsmouth commenced in May 1984 and was a huge success. Pompey narrowly missed winning promotion to the top flight First Division in his first two seasons as manager. Ball finally guided Pompey to the top flight in 1987. Unfortunately, by the middle of the 1987–88 season the club was again in grave financial trouble and were relegated to the Second Division after just one season back among the elite.The summer of 1988 saw Deacon sell the club to London based businessman and former Queens Park Rangers Chairman, Jim Gregory. Alan Ball was sacked in January 1989 for failing to mount a serious promotion challenge after having a serious personality clash with Portsmouth's new chairman Jim Gregory
Bobby Campbell succeeded Frank Burrows and repeated Burrows' achievements by earning promotion - and this time the Division Three title - in his first season.
The following season saw the club struggle to maintain any consistency in the league, and also saw the indignity of an FA Cup exit to rivals Southampton. While the club were never in serious danger of relegation, it was all enough to cost Bobby Campbell his job.
The club's fortunes began to turn around with the appointment of Frank Burrows as manager in 1979, and in his first season in charge Pompey won promotion back to the Third Division in May 1980. Pompey nearly won a second successive promotion the next year, but a mediocre finish in the 1981-82 season saw Burrows resign and take a coaching job at Sunderland instead.
He signed for Portsmouth as a trainee and made his debut in 1946 against Blackburn Rovers Settling into the side quickly at either wing-half or left-half, he was part of the team that won successive league championships in 1948–49 and 1949–50. His performances earned him a call-up to the England national football team. He went on to win 48 caps for England, making him Portsmouth's most capped English player of all time. During his record 845 club appearances for Pompey and his 48 England caps he was never once booked or sent off, earning him the nickname Gentleman Jim.
Awarded the MBE in 1964, he played his last match for Pompey a year later, helping Pompey to a 1–1 end-of-season draw at Northampton Town that secured safety from relegation. And when he retired from playing, his association with the club continued. He served Pompey as public relations officer and then secretary before accepting the position of manager in May 1977. Relegation from the Third Division was avoided, but the next year Pompey dropped down a league.
John Mortimore left to eventually be replaced by former Liverpool legend Ian St John. The man famous from his playing days promised to inject some firepower in the club, yet by now the team was heavily dependent on youth and bargain free transfers.
Pompey were relegated in bottom place and John Deacon's prophesy of taking the club out of the second division had come true, but in a way he had never imagined.
At around this time, as if things could get any more depressing, SOS Pompey was in full flow with an action group in place faced with the task of raising around £100,000 as John Deacon revealed the true extent of the club's debt.
Relegation from the second division, where the club had been permanent residents for 15 years, may have seemed like the end of the world, but it wasn't. It was in fact just the start. Pompey proceeded to go straight through to the basement division, an unthinkable prospect for a team and club that had been feared throughout the country just two decades previously.
Ron Tindall had moved to Portsmouth from Reading in 1964. Tindall played out the remainder of his career at Portsmouth, making 162 league appearances before retiring in 1969.
At the end of the 1969/70 Season, George Smith was moved upstairs to become General Manager and Ron Tindall was appointed manager of Portsmouth. But he was hampered by the club's financial problems and had left the job by 1973.
In May 1973 John Deacon took full control after joining the Board several months earlier. He promised that he would get the club out of the second division within three years.
The following season was even more dismal with bigger losses on and off the field. John Mortimore left to eventually be replaced by former Liverpool legend Ian St John.
Ron Tindall moved to Portsmouth from Reading in 1964. Tindall played out the remainder of his career at Portsmouth, making 162 league appearances before retiring in 1969. At the end of the 1969/70 Season, George Smith was moved upstairs to become General Manager and Ron Tindall was appointed manager of Portsmouth. But he was hampered by the club's financial problems and had left the job by 1973. Pompey remained in the second division during his tenure.
The appointment of George Smith in April 1961 came too late to save Pompey from relegation and a return to Division Three after 37 years.
The outspoken, often controversial, Smith was one of the best coaches in the country and was known for his strict discipline and 'commando-style' form of training. Smith stabilised the club and with some inspired signings, wingers Tony Barton and Dave Dodson in particular, gained promotion at the first attempt under the captaincy of the seemingly ageless Jimmy Dickinson.
Smith was intent on revolutionising the way the club was organised and disbanded the reserve and youth teams, leaving a first team squad of just 16 players. Savings of £20,000 annually were projected as Smith explained that, "there was nothing but fish in the sea around Portsmouth".
Despite limited financial means, Smith maintained Portsmouth's second division status throughout the sixties until moving upstairs to become General Manager in April 1970. But three years later he lost his job when Pompey's new chairman, John Deacon, reconstructed the club's management.
Bill Thompson took over the club as Caretaker Manager in February 1961 after the sacking of Freddie Cox.
Cox's era was to be one of controversy and acrimony and positively disastrous. His first season 1958/59 was calamitous, with relegation following a miserable 20 defeats in the last 24 matches, and only 21 points secured for the whole season.
The fall into Division Two brought no respite and in the second season in the lower league Cox was dismissed in February 1961.
Cox's era was to be one of controversy and acrimony and positively disastrous.
His first season 1958/59 was calamitous, with relegation from the top flight (Division 1) following a miserable 20 defeats in the last 24 matches, and only 21 points secured for the whole season.
The fall into Division Two brought no respite and in the second season in the lower league Cox was dismissed in February 1961.
| Manager from May 1947 to June 1952|
As a player, Bob Jackson scored over 400 goals in non-League football before joining Tranmere Rovers at the age of twenty-eight. Unfortunately his career was ended shortly afterwards through injury and after a spell as coach with Bolton Wanderers and as manager of Southern League Worcester City, he joined Pompey as chief scout. Following Jack Tinn's retirement, Jackson was appointed manager and made Ike Clarke, a powerfully-built center-forward from West Brom, his first major signing.
After finishing eighth in the 1947/48 season, his first season in charge, he steered Pompey to two successive League championships. In the 1948/49 season they ended five points clear of Manchester United and in the 1949/50 season they pipped Wolves on goal average.
It was something of a surprise when Jackson left Fratton Park to for Hull City in 1952, after being offered a five year contract, for Pompey were still challenging for honours. Bolton-born Jackson had a number of running battles with the Board at Boothferry Park and after three years of struggling, he was sacked. He sued the club for breach of contract and left the game very disillusioned.
Manager from May 1927 to May 1947
Tinn was also famous for wearing his lucky spats, which were religiously put on by the same player before every match.
|Manager from May 1920 to May 1927|
A player with Newton Heath, the forerunners of Manchester United, he began his managerial career at Barnsley, where he had complete control of team affairs, which was unusual at the time. Despite improving the club's financial position, he sold Benny Green to Birmingham City and the team's form slumped dramatically.
The Glasgow-born McCartney returned north of the border to manage St Mirren and took them to the Scottish Cup Final and runners-up in the First Division on two occasions. He then managed Heart of Midlothian for 10 years before moving south to take charge at Pompey in 1920.
He gradually developed what was to become known as the 'Pompey Style' and in the 1923/24 season the club lifted the Third Division (South) title.
Three years later Pompey were in the First Division after pipping Manchester City to second spot by the narrowest of margins but in May fo 1927 he had to resign because of ill health. However, four months later, he took over at Luton Town where he had played but again he was dogged by ill health and finally forced his resignation and retirement from football.
There was plenty of affection for this hard-working manager and the launching of a testimonial fund quickly raised £300. In January 1933 John McCartney died and was buried just a short distance from Heart of Midlothian's ground where both he and his brother, Willie, had been successful managers.
|Manager from August 1909 to May 1920|
Bob Brown was appointed secretary-manager of Southern League Portsmouth in June 1911 having joined Pompey from Sheffield Wednesday. Pompey had just been relegated to the second division of the Southern League and faced financial ruin if they could not regain their First Division status quickly, for the Second Division of the Southern League meant much more travelling and smaller attendances. Fortunately for the club and its fans, Pompey won the championship and were promoted.
To help boost the club's flagging fortunes, Brown signed a number of Scottish players and in the 1919/20 season took the club to the Southern League First Division championship. However, in April 1920, he left Fratton Park after a difference over future policy with club Chairman george lewin-Oliver.
After a brief spell as manager of Gillingham, he rejoined Sheffield Wednesday, for whom he had earlier scouted. Success took some time to come to Wednesday but in the 1928/29 and 1929/30 seasons he led the club to the League Championship.
He retired from football management in 1933, soon after the death of his wife. In 1935 he collapsed on Leeds train station and died 24 hours later.
|Manager from August 1904 to May 1909|
Richard Bonney became a director at Pompey in 1900 but relinquished his position on the Board to take up the managerial position in 1904 after the departure of Bob Blyth. By trade he was a master tailor and was a member of the old 15th Company Royal Artillery and 'Sergeant' Bonney was was the secretary for the Royal Artillery Football Club that had preceded Pompey.
The highlight of Bonney's time at the helm came during the 1906/07 season, which saw the visit of Manchester United F.C. in the English Cup and a new record gate of 24,329 was set at Fratton Park. A 2-2 draw meant a replay at Old Trafford and a 2-1 giant killing by Portsmouth.
Bonney's record as manager was 206 played, 99 won, 39 drawn, 68 lost (a win percentage of 48%).
Bob Blyth was the manager of Portsmouth Football Club from 1901-1904. Portsmouth won the 1901/02 Southern League title under Blyth.
Bob Blyth began his career as a wing-half playing for Glasgow Rangers. He then moved to Preston North End before signing for Pompey in 1899 becoming their first team captain. He became player/manager from 1901 to 1904.
|Manager from August 1898 to May 1901|
In 1875 Brettell became player-secretary-manager of Liverpool side St. Domingo, later being one of the founder members Everton, initially as a player (playing primarily at full-back) but later becoming assistant secretary and then secretary. He also worked as a reporter for the Liverpool Mercury.
He joined Bolton Wanderers as secretary in 1896 before becoming the first (secretary-)manager of Tottenham Hotspur in February 1897. He signed a number of players from Bolton, but left to become Portsmouth's first manager in May 1898. He again signed a number of players from the North of England and led Portsmouth the 2nd place in their first ever season in the Southern League. He left Portsmouth in June 1901.
In 1903 Brettell became the first manager of Plymouth Argyle, leaving 1905