Barker targets instant impact

Richie Barker
Richie Barker
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New Pompey boss Richie Barker targeted an immediate improvement in Pompey’s League Two standing after he was unveiled as manager today.

The former Crawley manager was formally introduced as Guy Whittingham’s successor at Fratton Park this afternoon, with Steve Coppell becoming director of football.

And topping their list of priorities is to see the Blues climb up the league table, with them currently sitting 17th.

‘This is a fantastic football club and I am very grateful for the opportunity,’ said Barker.

‘We do have a short-term goal which is to, as quickly as possible, go up the league.

‘In the long-term, who knows?

‘If this play can get rolling it can keep on going. There is no end goal.

‘I have been in this division as both a manager and player and hope I can use my experience.’

Club chairman Iain McInnes had mixed emotions as he introduced Barker as the latest incumbent of the Fratton Park hot seat.

‘It’s sad in some ways but very exciting in others,’ said McInnes.

‘The last time I sat here we were talking about Guy Whittingham, who did a remarkable job here in a short period of time.

‘But after an exhaustive interview process and really strong candidates we have found the right two men.’