Mark Catlin has revealed how the slide towards the League Two relegation zone has ‘spooked’ Pompey’s board.
And that persuaded them to axe Guy Whittingham on Monday afternoon.
The Blues had plummeted to 18th spot following Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Scunthorpe – a fourth successive loss in all competitions.
They remain in the same position, having lost against Southend last night under Andy Awford as caretaker for the first time.
Regardless, the Blues’ seven-man board decided the worrying descent should cost Whittingham his job.
Chief executive Catlin said: ‘We were slipping towards the relegation zone, we are nearer to that rather than promotion now.
‘That is what spooked the board.
‘When you are in that run it is difficult to get out of it and this is an unforgiving league.
‘It wasn’t just four defeats on the trot. You could argue three of those games was the manner of the defeat.
‘On Saturday, it looked like the confidence completely drained out of the team. Anyone there could see it.
‘Speaking to the board, it was clear every time the ball came into the box we were going to concede a goal, it just didn’t look like there was any plan or strategy to get us out of it.
‘You are looking to your manager for some sort of guidance, what’s going to change and there didn’t seem to be that coming from him.
‘Anyone who saw Guy that night, he didn’t exactly look instilled with confidence himself. He looked like it was affecting him and managers are judged by their results.’