Every Portsmouth New Years' Day league position since 2008 - and where they finished the season

Portsmouth enter 2019 in high spirits by leading the way at the top of the League One table - but where have Pompey ranked in previous seasons when heading into the new year?

Wednesday, 2nd January 2019, 2:10 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 11:30 am
Every Portsmouth New Years' Day league position since 2008 - and where they finished the season

Portsmouth enter 2019 in high spirits by leading the way at the top of the League One table - but where have Pompey ranked in previous seasons when heading into the new year?

Here - we take a look back at every Pompey league position since 2008 when heading into the New Year - and where they finished the season. .

After Tony Adams replaced Harry Redknapp as boss, Pompey found themselves 12th while heading into 2009. Sacked with only one point separating them from the relegation zone following a 3-2 defeat to Liverpool, Paul Hart replaced Adams in February 2009 and steered the club to safety (14th).

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Bottom with only 14 points as the new year turned over - and now under the management of Avram Grant - Pompey's financial difficulties kicked in and the nine-point deduction made it impossible for the club to avoid relegation (20th).
Still feeling the effects of the club's ongoing financial problems, Steve Cotterill's Blues sat 13th at the start of 2011 before dropping three places to 16th by the end of the season.
Under the leadership of Michael Appleton, Pompey held a six-point lead over the bottom three going into 2012 (17th). However a 10-point deduction in February 2012 saw the Blues relegated to League One.
Understandably struggling in 21st position as the club entered 2013 under Guy Whittingham's stewardship, another devastating 10-point deduction inflicted back-to-back relegations.
Finally on a stable footing after the Pompey Supporters' Trust completed their takeover of the club, Pompey occupied 17th heading into 2014. But as results proved hard to get, Andy Awford helped the club avoided slipping out of the Football League.
Pompey stood 15th as 2015 came round. They finished the season 16th - their lowest Football League finish - with Gary Waddock taking temporary charge following the departure of Awford.
Pompey's fortunes dramatically improved as they emerged as promotion contenders during the 2015-16 season under Paul Cook. They sat fourth going into the new year, before losing to Plymouth in the play-off semi-finals.
It looked to be another play-off place at best for Pompey heading into 2017. However, defying the odds Cook led the Blues to the League Two title with a 6-1 win over Cheltenham on the final day of the season.
Cook was prised away by Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2017. He was replaced by Kenny Jackett, who led the club to sixth in the table for the start of 2018. Hopes of a second successive promotion were high, but Pompey fell short