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.’