Lampitt: It took longer than we hoped

Blues chief executive David Lampitt
Blues chief executive David Lampitt

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David Lampitt has been honest enough to admit that Pompey’s search for their new manager took too long.

The Blues were left in the lurch when Steve Cotterill headed for Nottingham Forest on October 14, but finally unveiled Michael Appleton on Thursday – the 28th day of their search for a replacement.

While Lampitt was always intent on finding the right man – even if that meant a degree of patience – the Blues’ chief executive conceded he would have preferred Appleton to have been in charge for last weekend’s win over Forest.

Lampitt said: ‘If I’m honest, we would have wanted the process completed last week.

‘When we put together the short-list, we didn’t have any pre-conceived ideas and we hadn’t lined anyone up.

‘Until Steve’s departure to Nottingham Forest, we weren’t expecting to go through this process.

‘Our aim from the outset was that we wanted to have the new man in for the Forest game. We knew that it was quite a big game for the supporters and we wanted the process completed by then.

‘It didn’t quite come to pass that way and we’ve had a couple of days this week sorting out compensation with West Brom to prise Michael away.’

While Lampitt was not prepared to discuss how much compensation had been paid to West Brom, Appleton certainly did not come cheap and it’s been rumoured that Pompey forked out a six-figure sum to get their man.

n The Pompey Legends team will be dusting off their boots again tomorrow to face

Moneyfields veterans (1.30pm).

A host of former Blues stars will be at Dover Road to raise money for disabled five-year-old Samuel Deakin-Mant.