Newport boss Justin Edinburgh dismisses Portsmouth link

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh has dismissed the possibility of taking over at League Two rivals Portsmouth.

Portsmouth have sacked Guy Whittingham, leading ex-Pompey player Edinburgh to be linked with the vacancy.

"I'm more than happy at this football club [Newport]," said Edinburgh.

"It's a fantastic club… the grass isn't always greener on the other side so I think I've got fantastic backing by the board, a great relationship with [chairman] Tim Harris."

Former Pompey striker Whittingham, 49, had his contract terminated on Monday after a year in charge at Fratton Park.

Edinburgh, who made 34 league appearances for Portsmouth, was speaking after seeing his side draw 0-0 at league leaders Oxford United.

That meant Newport dropping two places to eighth, but they remained five points behind Oxford.

On the same night Portsmouth lost 2-1 at home to Southend United and the former lie 18th in the table.

Edinburgh, who signed a new Newport deal in October, 2013, added: "You can see my players play for me and I think we're a work in progress and I look forward to continuing that work."