Portsmouth have sacked manager Kenny Jackett less than 24 hours after they lost to League Two side Salford City in the rescheduled 2020 EFL Trophy Final.
The teams played out a goalless draw, with Richie Wellens’ side edging out Jackett’s men on penalties.
Portsmouth have now opted to bring an end to Jackett’s tenure after nearly four years at the helm, as the 7th-placed League One club bid to secure promotion to the Championship.
Jackett, who finished 8th, 4th and 5th and won the club the EFL Trophy in 2019, departs Fratton Park with a 51.7% win rate.
In a club statement, Portsmouth’s chief executive, Mark Catlin, said:
“Portsmouth Football Club would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Kenny for the work he has done during his near four-year spell at the club and we all wish him well for the future.
“It has been an emotional past few weeks for everyone associated with Pompey and we now begin the process – which will be as short as possible – of appointing someone who we believe can give us the best chance of finishing inside the top six. These talks begin today.”
"Portsmouth Football Club would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Kenny for the work he has done during his near four-year spell at the club."
The Cowley brothers are available for hire
As to who will be brought in to orchestrate a promotion push, it’s the Cowley brothers who have emerged as the early favourites in the next Portsmouth manager market.
Their availability coupled with their previous success at Lincoln - who they took from non-league to League One - means the duo are likely to attract a lot of attention in this market.
Charlton manager Lee Bowyer already has a League One promotion on his CV, but whether he would leave his side for another third-tier team at this delicate stage of the season is open to debate, especially considering that the clubs are currently level on points - albeit Charlton have played two games more.
Similarly Michael Appleton, who began his managerial career at Portsmouth, is managing in League One at the moment with 3rd-placed Lincoln City with whom he signed a new four-year contract with last month.
Chris Coleman, whose Godson Ronan Curtis plays for Pompey, features in the top echelons of the betting. The Welshman endured a tough spell at Sunderland in his last EFL job, while his most recent post was in China at Hebei China Fortune.
Eddie Howe, 12/1, has history in the south coast with Bournemouth but is believed to be waiting for a Premier League opportunity.
Derek Adams is doing a fantastic job at surprise League Two promotion hopefuls Morecambe, Neil Harris is currently available, while Chris Wilder is priced at 16/1 although it’s difficult to see that one happening at this moment. Former Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel and Ryan Lowe also feature.
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