Ertl: Board will get the right man

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook is hotly-tipped to become Pompey's new boss Picture: James Williamson

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook is hotly-tipped to become Pompey's new boss Picture: James Williamson

  • Club captain tips board to make right managerial call
  • Ertl believes learning from the past will help decision makers
  • Austrian feels new man has to understand Pompey’s community ethos
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JOHNNY ERTL has backed Pompey’s board to make the right managerial appointment.

The Blues club captain believes the people making the crucial call over Andy Awford’s successor will get the man needed to invigorate his team’s fortunes.

I’m sure the board will find the right guy. They do a good job here and support the man in charge.

Johnny Ertl

And he tipped the board to learn from the mistakes of the past when picking the new boss.

Whoever is chosen to take Pompey forward will become the fourth manager in a little over two years of community ownership – following in the footsteps of Guy Whittingham, Ritchie Barker and Andy Awford.

Paul Cook remains the clear favourite to do so, with Barnet boss Martin Allen the other major name in the frame, along with the likes of Southend’s Phil Brown.

The club have laid down their blueprint for what is needed with a proven track record at lower-league level key.

Chairman Iain McInnes has also highlighted the need for a personality strong enough to do with the expectations at Pompey.

Ertl has now added his own thoughts on the subject – with a knowledge of Pompey’s community ethos an important issue in his mind.

The Austrian feels, whoever comes in, the key decision-makers now have the experience to make the right call.

Ertl said: ‘It is a challenge but we have to get on with things now. Whoever it is who comes in, it’s completely up to the new manager to take us forward.

‘Every new manager has his own style of management.

‘He has to understand the community structure of the club, as well as the history of the club.

‘It’s a big name and I know there have been a lot of applicants for the job.

‘That’s because of the name and the size of the club.

‘People know that if they do well, it can take off. It can really take off – and everyone wants that.

‘There’s such a big, great chance here.

‘The things are in place and we can also learn, a little bit, from the mistakes of the past.

‘We can move forward with a new manager bringing his own strengths to the club.

‘But he has to understand the community and the people of the club.

‘He needs to know what it means to become Pompey manager.

‘I’m sure the board will find the right guy. They do a good job here and support the man in charge.

‘So, whoever comes in, has a really good chance to get us where we want to be.’

Awford became the latest man to fail in fulfilling the club’s ambitions when he left the manager’s position last month.

Ertl believes the major factor in the failure to match the board’s play-offs ambitions was one of the worst away records in the Football League.

He said: ‘There is pressure but there is also the chance.

‘We know we are a big fish in a small pool. This season we were close at many stages.

‘At times we were ninth and looking to go forward.

‘But we couldn’t really make the gap up to the play-offs.’

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