Dave Beasant will this weekend lift the lid on the Pompey politics which shrouded his Fratton Park stay, exclusively in the Sports Mail.
A decade on, the FA Cup-winning keeper talks candidly about his spell with the Blues.
The former England keeper’s arrival in the summer of 2001 coincided with Pompey’s record £1.8m signing of 26-year-old Yoshi Kawaguchi.
While Beasant had been the choice of Graham Rix, Milan Mandaric’s big-money move for the Japan international had put the Blues boss in a ‘compromising’ position.
Beasant tells the Sports Mail: ‘Unfortunately, every week we would be travelling to a game and Ricko (Graham Rix) would say “the chairman is telling me I’ve got to play Kawaguchi”. Ricko would stand his ground and say “I’m playing a goalkeeper I think is going to do best for us – and that’s Dave”.
‘I think at the end of the day that’s what cost the manager his job.’
The 42-year-old lost his place to Kawaguchi for the trip to Sheffield Wednesday in November 2001 – despite conceding just two goals in four games.
Beasant reclaimed the jersey at the turn of the year – after first division Pompey slipped to an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to third division Leyton Orient in the FA Cup.
But Pompey sacked Rix in March 2002 and director of football Harry Redknapp was installed.
Read Dave Beasant on Yoshi, the tragic circumstances surrounding his move to Pompey, the two Blues players who stood out and the amazing feat he achieved at the age of 54 last weekend, only in the Sports Mail, available Saturday evening.