We need to find a manager with top-flight experience

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I’m hoping Pompey show real aspiration when it comes to selecting a new manager to replace Guy Whittingham.

We have a big opportunity to send a signal to the rest of football that we now mean business and wish to regain our position in the higher echelons of the English game.

I’m not suggesting we go for broke again. Instead, we need to lay down a firm foundation to spring back to more glorious times. That’s what we fans desperately need.

The awesome support the club are receiving in League Two, with an average gate above what Southampton achieved in League One, tells the story. That enthusiasm needs to be rewarded.

Are we really serious about a return to the big time by hiring a former manager of Crawley Town, Oxford United or Newport County?

No disrespect to these people, but Portsmouth is a big club.

Don’t get me wrong, the days of regular Premier League football and playing AC Milan are gone until we build a bigger stadium.

But Championship football is where we really should be.

How long will it be before our wonderful support dwindles if we keep playing the likes of Accrington Stanley and Morecambe year in, year out?

I get excited when we’re linked with the likes of Neil Warnock, Martin Allen, Steve Coppell and Lawrie Sanchez.

I want to see someone who has top-flight experience at the helm. Someone with a reputation for promotion and improving a team’s fortunes.

The list goes on and I enjoy hearing all these names being linked with the job. It’s a bit like the long wait for Christmas Day when you’re a kid!

Generally speaking, it’s managers with experience on their CV who will revive a club’s fortunes, or former players at a high level. The only exception I can think of is Nigel Adkins!

When it comes to the right man for the job to restore some pride to Fratton Park, I feel we have to try to get a big name while working within our means.

I wonder if Owen Coyle or Ian Holloway fancy a warmer winter by the seaside?