Gus Poyet has admitted he feels sorry for Steve Cotterill as the Blues boss attempts to rebuild his club.
The Uruguayan steered Brighton to the League One title last season and the club is making huge progress having started life in their brand new Amex Stadium.
But while Poyet has been given substantial backing in the transfer market over the summer and has a hefty squad to choose from, Cotterill is still trying to piece together enough numbers to fill the bench.
Poyet said: ‘It’s hard for the manager at Portsmouth and none of us can comment from the outside.
‘He has got to try to cope with the troubles on a daily basis.
‘I feel sorry for Steve because as a manager you want the situation to be normal.
‘With all due respect to the club and fans it has not been normal there for a few years now.
‘Having said that, they have got a good starting XI.’
While Pompey have been picked out as a surprise package by some managers this term, Poyet knows his Brighton side face a stern challenge at Fratton Park.
He said: ‘I’ve heard a lot of people say they could be the surprise package this season because of the strength and power they have in their side.
‘Time will tell on that but if they keep the whole squad fit they will have a very strong XI this season.’