Guy’s praise for Gray as duo wait for new boss

Stuart Gray (left) and Guy Whittingham
Stuart Gray (left) and Guy Whittingham
Pompey's Brett Pitman celebrates after scoring his second goal in their 2-0 win at Oldham. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South

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Guy Whittingham paid tribute to his managerial partner Stuart Gray and admitted: I couldn’t have done it without him.

The joint caretaker management duo were expected to take charge of their final game today against Nottingham Forest, with Pompey closing in on their new manager.

With the club without a game for the next fortnight because of the international break, Whittingham and Gray are expected to have reverted to their coaching roles by the time Pompey travel to Watford on Saturday, November 19.

The pair have steadied the ship at a difficult time to allow the club the time to conduct their search.

And Whittingham admits Gray’s experience has been vital.

He said: ‘Stuart is a massive asset. He has got vast experience, contacts and know-how.

‘His managerial experience has been one of the key things.

‘You always hope you are doing the right thing, but if you have that experience of knowing something has worked before, then you know it’s the right decision.

‘Selection for games is very hard.

‘Picking the players and going with the right shape is always difficult but it has worked out okay for us.’

There are still suggestions Gray could join former boss Steve Cotterill at Nottingham Forest in due course.

But considering Gray only joined the coaching staff in the summer, he has shown his worth to Pompey in a short period of time.

Whittingham said: ‘Stuart has been a manager before and I’ve learned an awful lot from that.

‘He brings all of his experience of all the clubs he has been at to Portsmouth.’