Pompey closing in on new manager

Witney Gazette: Chris Wilder Chris Wilder

Portsmouth are understood to have concluded interviews for their vacant managerial position.

The south coast side have been talking to potential candidates for the past three days.

Chris Wilder spoke to Pompey on Tuesday having been granted permission by Oxford United.

However, interestingly, having been joint favourite with Richie Barker for the position overnight, the U’s manager was last night a 20-1 chance with one bookmaker for the job.

Barker, who was sacked by Crawley last month, appears to be in pole position for the job, with caretaker manager Andy Awford and Exeter boss Paul Tisdale above Wilder in the betting.

Portsmouth are also believed to have interviewed Steve Claridge and David Connolly.

Chief executive Mark Catlin hopes that a new man can be in place at the start of next week.

“The last meeting is this afternoon,” he said yesterday morning.

“From that moment the board will choose a candidate.

“That candidate will then be invited back for one final chat and at that point we will enter contract talks with them.

“The aim is still Monday and – with football being a weekend business – we can work over a Friday, Saturday and Sunday to get everything completed.”

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10:42am Fri 6 Dec 13

BigAlBiker says...

Go on Chris, you know you want to go, do us all a favour.
Go on Chris, you know you want to go, do us all a favour. BigAlBiker

11:54am Fri 6 Dec 13

87oufc says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
Go on Chris, you know you want to go, do us all a favour.
If Chris was offered the job - he'd take it. As Nathan put it last night on Radio Oxford - you only had to look at our lineup, etc.
Why would Wilder speak to Portsmouth if he didn't have interests in moving - it just seems a waste of time for both parties.
A convenient hour and a half down the A34 and he'll be there, no need to move family.

Moreover, us fans are showing an alarming disinterest in the club - despite holding top position. What enthusiasm and belief is the manger showing by talking to another club. The fans will think the same - if the manager has little faith then why should we turn up.
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: Go on Chris, you know you want to go, do us all a favour.[/p][/quote]If Chris was offered the job - he'd take it. As Nathan put it last night on Radio Oxford - you only had to look at our lineup, etc. Why would Wilder speak to Portsmouth if he didn't have interests in moving - it just seems a waste of time for both parties. A convenient hour and a half down the A34 and he'll be there, no need to move family. Moreover, us fans are showing an alarming disinterest in the club - despite holding top position. What enthusiasm and belief is the manger showing by talking to another club. The fans will think the same - if the manager has little faith then why should we turn up. 87oufc

11:57am Fri 6 Dec 13

BigAlBiker says...

Portsmouth Newspapers are reporting Richie Barker has been offered the job and its a matter of tying up the deal.

Shame as Wilder would have been the best man for the job.
Portsmouth Newspapers are reporting Richie Barker has been offered the job and its a matter of tying up the deal. Shame as Wilder would have been the best man for the job. BigAlBiker

1:42pm Fri 6 Dec 13

colbart says...

Sports Mail Newspaper also...

http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/sport/footbal
l/article-2514875/Ri
chie-Barker-favourit
e-Portsmouth.html
Sports Mail Newspaper also... http://www.dailymail .co.uk/sport/footbal l/article-2514875/Ri chie-Barker-favourit e-Portsmouth.html colbart

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