Howe rules himself out

Burnley manager Eddie Howe
Burnley manager Eddie Howe
Nathan Thompson. Picture: Sarah Standing

Pompey man believes injury issues are over

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Eddie Howe has dismissed speculation linking him to the vacant Pompey manager’s job.

The odds on the former Bournemouth boss tumbled on Thursday and he was rated as odds-on favourite by some bookmakers yesterday.

But the 33-year-old insists he is staying at Turf Moor, while David Lampitt revealed the hunt for a new boss is now entering its final stages.

The Blues chief executive said: ‘The process of identifying our number one candidate is progressing well.

‘Hopefully, we are nearing the end of our search.’