Portsmouth closing in on naming new manager


Championship side Portsmouth are close to appointing a new manager, BBC Radio Solent understands.

Burnley manager Eddie Howe, the former Bournemouth boss, is the latest bookmakers favourite for the job.

Chief executive David Lampitt is remaining tight lipped on who will replace Steve Cotterill but says the process is entering its final stages.

"Things are going very well and hopefully we are nearing the end of our search," Lampitt told BBC Radio Solent.

Former Bournemouth and Doncaster manager Sean O'Driscoll is also being linked to the role.

And former Burnley boss Brian Laws and ex-Aberdeen manager Mark McGee have both told local media that they are interested in the job.

Lampitt said that over 50 people had applied for the job but refused to say how many had been short listed or even interviewed.

"The process is going well and we have had a strong field of candidates apply for the job," he said.

"The process of indentifying our number one candidate is ongoing.

"We will continue the process privately and professionally out of respect for the individuals involved. We the board continue to believe that this is the right way to do it."

Lampitt reiterated his desire that Cotterill's replacement should have knowledge of the English game and preferably experience of the Championship.

But he added the new manager must like to play attractive football, be keen on player development through the club's youth programme, be expected to work on a tight budget and able to work the loan system.

Lampitt added: "Hopefully we are closer to the end of the process.

"It is an incredibly important decision for the future of the football club and we want to get it right.

"It continues a case of wanting to do it as soon as we possibly can but we will not be rushed and we will make the decision at the right time."