Portsmouth Sack Guy Whittingham

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 26 November 2013, 09:46

Guy WhittinghamGuy Whittingham has become the second League Two manager to lose his job this month after Portsmouth sent him packing after just a year in charge at Fratton Park. The decision comes after four straight defeats, which has seen Pompey exit both the FA Cup and JP Trophy, while back-to-back league losses leaves them down in 18th and six points above the relegation zone.

Whittingham was placed in temporary charge of Pompey last November following the departure of then boss Michael Appleton, and was handed the job on a permanent basis in April. The 49-year-old was unable to save the struggling club from relegation down to the fourth-tier, with the club handed a 10 point deduction in April when they came out of administration, meaning they finished rock-bottom and 19 points adrift of safety.

Despite suffering the dreaded drop for the second successive season there were high hopes for the new campaign, which saw Pompey installed as one of the ante-post favourites for promotion back up to League One. However, just one win from their first eight games in all competitions wasn’t the ideal start, although an unbeaten October had boosted spirits. Since beating Exeter at the start of November they have since suffered a four game losing streak, forcing the club to make a change in order to stop the rot.

Academy manager Andy Awford has been placed in caretaker charge for the club’s match at home to Southend tonight (Tuesday), while he will be assisted by first-team coach Alan McLoughlin and striker David Connolly. The Next Portsmouth Manager Odds are now up and running as the south coast side begin the hunt for a new boss. The betting is extremely close at this early stage, with Richie Barker, Martin Allen, Mikey Harris and Neil Warnock all in the running. Meanwhile Paolo Di Canio is a long shot at 40/1.

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