Paul Cook: Paul Hardyman may still have a Pompey future

Paul Hardyman. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Paul Cook remains open to the possibility of Paul Hardyman staying at the Blues.

But Pompey’s boss admits there has been no more progress on the situation.

Hardyman lost his role as first-team coach in May after Cook overhauled his backroom staff, with Gary Waddock and Louis Langdown also departing.

The 51-year-old, who has served Pompey in a variety of coaching roles at different levels, is keen to remain at Fratton Park should there be a position available.

Cook, however, still needs to explore whether something can happen.

He said: ‘I am not too clear with the Paul situation at the minute.

‘I have chatted to him a couple of times.

‘The last time I spoke with him and the club it was about whether there might be a possibility of coming back to work here.

‘Since I’ve been back (for pre-season) I haven’t heard from him and those conversations have gone no further.

‘That will probably be picked up again maybe when we get back from Portugal, obviously depending on what Paul wants to do.

‘There are a lot of things going on at the moment.

‘You come in like a bit of a whirlwind but want it to go a little bit quiet.

‘We don’t want every day being a day where people are losing jobs.

‘We want a period where we are just working, where we have our heads down looking forward to the season.’

It’s been over six weeks since Hardyman was told he’s not part of Pompey’s first-team plans.

‘I’m still waiting patiently from contact from the club. Until the club come to a decision I can’t really comment. So I’m waiting with anticipation for someone to get in contact,’ said Hardyman.