How Portsmouth will fare over the next decade - according to Football Manager 2020

Football Manager 2020 has had its say on how Pompey will get on in the next few years.

Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 11:49 am
How Portsmouth's next decade could go

Check out the prediction below:

Pompey fans will be delighted with this one right off the bat - FM reckons the Blues are going up as Champions! A 2-1 win away at 2nd place Burton Albion on the last day ensures that Pompey return to the Championship in style.
Kenny Jackett leaves as manager before the season has even begun, and strangely, is replaced by former England manager Steve McClaren. Pompey enjoy a solid start to life in the Championship, finishing in 13th.

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Pompey can only finish 18th and narrowly avoid relegation back to League One, but that doesn’t matter. The Blues come up against relegated Southampton and do the double over them. Unbelievable scenes.
McClaren has a better crack of things this season, with Pompey making their way up to 7th in the table and only just missing out on the play-offs. Best of all, Southampton finish two places below in 9th.
Pompey endure a nightmare campaign, and are relegated to the third tier. To make matters worse, Southampton are promoted to the top flight. Former Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill takes charge of the Blues.
Michael O’Neill does a cracking job, and Pompey are promoted as champions! The Blues sign striker Che Adams from Burnley and look in good nick on their return to the second tier.
O’Neill continues to work wonders, and Pompey make the play-offs for a chance to reach the Premier League. They see off Barnsley over two legs, yet sadly miss out as they lose to Derby County in the final.
Pompey are promoted! After so many long years, the Blues finally make their way back to the top-flight in 2nd place. Two promotions in three years, presumably Michael O’Neill is a hero in Portsmouth for life!
Well, it was fun while it lasted. Pompey sadly go down in bottom place, and Michael O’Neill calls it a day at the end of the season. He is replaced by Mikel Arteta.
Arteta does a decent job but can’t guide Pompey back to the Premier League, finishing in 8th place. However, the Spaniard guides the Blues to a 4-0 win in the south coast derby. A fitting end to the simulation!