The hunt for Steve Cotterill’s successor is under way after his departure from Pompey.
Cotterill’s 16-month tenure at Fratton Park came to a close yesterday after he was announced as Nottingham Forest boss.
The 47-year-old said his emotional goodbyes at Pompey’s Eastleigh training base before heading to the east Midlands.
A compensation package thought to be worth in the region of £250,000 has been agreed for Cotterill’s services.
Now Pompey’s attention will turn to finding the man to take over the role of boss and carry the team forward this season.
Dave Jones has been installed as the early bookies’ favourite to become manager in front of Sean O’Driscoll and Mark Robins, with a host of runners and riders in the frame.
Blues chief executive David Lampitt has already been inundated with managers keen to become the new man in charge.
And he, along with the club’s owners, have taken little time in drawing up a short-list of candidates they feel would be right to lead the team forward.
Lampitt said: ‘Steve leaves the club with our best wishes.
‘The position the club is in now to when he arrived is remarkably different – and he had a very significant part to play in that.
‘We have to look after the best interests of Portsmouth Football Club.
‘We’ve already drawn up a short-list of names to replace Steve.
‘Now we’ve got a proper process to go through to identify the key targets for us.
‘We’re not going to rush it because it’s such an important decision for the club and the club’s future.
‘We want to find the right candidate – someone who reflects the ambition of the club and the ambition of the owners.
‘We want someone to take the club forward in the right way.
‘We were working on names straight away.
‘I’ve had quite a few people get in touch already.
‘It’s no surprise there’s been a lot of people calling with all the speculation out there. It’s a good reflection of where we’ve got the club to that people want to come and manage here.
‘We’ve definitely had our share of calls, texts and e-mails on that subject over the past 48 hours.
‘We have to take our time and not rush it to get the right person.’
First-team coaches Guy Whittingham and Stuart Gray will lead Pompey for this evening’s Sky-televised clash with Barnsley, and will be in control until the new man is appointed.
Lampitt said: ‘Guy Whittingham and Stuart Gray are in charge of affairs for the time being.
‘I’ve got every confidence in them and the playing squad. They will do what is required until we make the decision on Steve’s replacement.’