Gary Waddock early favourite for permanent Portsmouth postby Jack Kitson / 14 April 2015, 10:12Tweet
Portsmouth's new caretaker manager Gary Waddock will no doubt be eyeing up the job on a full-time basis, should he enjoy a winning start to life in the Pompey dugout tonight (Tuesday). The 53-year-old has been placed in temporary charge of the first team following Monday's departure of Andy Awford, who left Fratton Park after just over a year at the helm.
Waddock, who was previously working as Awford's assistant, has plenty of experience having managed the likes of Oxford United, Wycombe, Aldershot Town and QPR. Managerial highlights include; leading the Shots to the Conference National title with a record points haul (101), winning the Conference League Cup with the same side, and steering Wycombe to promotion to League One (although the latter was sandwiched between relegations).
Waddock has nothing to lose in his four matches in temporary charge of League Two side Portsmouth. The south coast side are currently floating in 14th: 11 points adrift of the play-offs, and 14 points clear of relegation, ensuring they are safe. Waddock's first match at the helm is a tricky tussle away to play-off outfit Stevenage, which is followed by a trio of clashes against Bury (h), Mansfield (a), and York (h).
Waddock will be well aware that Awford's lightening start as caretaker manager at the end of last term (five wins and two draws from seven matches) impressed the hierarchy so much that they rewarded him with a permanent deal, something he will be keen to repeat.
Waddock is currently the 5/1 favourite in the Next Portsmouth Manager Market, however it could be worth peaking elsewhere, with former Pompey boss Harry Redknapp next in the running at 6/1, followed by Ian Holloway at 8/1, whereas the likes of Darren Ferguson and Neil Warnock can both be backed at 10/1.