Boss has no budget complaints

Pompey boss Guy Whittingham
Pompey boss Guy Whittingham
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Guy Whittingham insists he has no issue with Pompey’s new budget restrictions.

The Blues boss has made swift progress in building a squad for League Two next term, with 12 free agents joining since the end of the season.

It’s a far cry from Pompey’s big-spending days in the Premier League, but Whittingham has no complaints – even though he has worked as a development coach at the club when things were also financially different.

He said: ‘I’m not aware of what the budget was at this club before I became manager but I certainly am now. We all know things are different now.

‘But we have to work within those constraints because we are determined not to go back to where we were. I’ve got no problem with that.

‘The ones we have done so far are all fair deals for the club and the players, I think – not just in terms of finance but also in what they can offer us.’

While some have suggested Pompey will start the new League Two campaign as favourites for promotion, Whittingham has sounded a note of caution as the club embarks on a new era.

He said: ‘Success is different at every club.

‘For us next season, I think success will be that we run the club properly and we are still in the Football League.

‘I’m quite confident we can achieve that.’