Lampitt: Temporary pair are key to manager hunt

Pompey caretaker boss Stuart Gray
Pompey caretaker boss Stuart Gray
Pompey's Jamal Lowe. Picture: Joe Pepler

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David Lampitt has thanked Pompey’s caretaker team for buying the club time to make the right managerial appointment.

The chief executive yesterday revealed the Blues aren’t expected to make a quick decision as they search for Steve Cotterill’s successor.

The interviewing process for the role is continuing, with the club receiving over 50 applicants for the position.

Sean O’Driscoll remains the bookies’ favourite after being interviewed, although he is just one of a host of names in the frame.

Guy Whittingham and Stuart Gray remain in temporary charge of the team after Cotterill left for Forest.

They have helped Pompey to two wins on the bounce at home, with the side also performing well in their defeat at Ipswich.

Lampitt paid tribute to the job the pair have carried out.

He insisted it’s their steady hand at the tiller which is giving the club the time to carry out a thorough search for the right manager.

Lampitt said: ‘We have to be incredibly grateful to the existing coaching staff, as well as the players.

‘They’ve done a fantastic job since Steve left.

‘It’s not only the wins which have been first class but the performances, too.

‘Anyone who was at Ipswich last week would have seen that.

‘From my position, and that of the board, it gives us breathing space.

‘It doesn’t take the pressure off. Not many things do that!

‘It just gives us a bit of time.

‘If we had any concerns about the strength, ability and experience of the coaching staff we would be under more pressure.

‘But people can see Guy and Stuart have the team set up well and playing well.’