McInnes unveils Pompey manager blueprint

Iain McInnes. Picture: Joe Pepler
Iain McInnes. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Pompey seeking fourth manager in under two years
  • Awford yesterday departed after 383 days in charge
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IAIN McINNES has unveiled his blueprint for the next Pompey boss.

The Blues are seeking a fourth manager in less than two years, following Andy Awford’s exit by mutual consent yesterday morning.

There can’t be a rush because we have got to get it right and our track record on that front is not great

Iain McInnes

Awford follows Guy Whittingham and Richie Barker out of the Fratton Park door since the club came under community ownership in April 2013.

Gary Waddock is to take charge for the remaining four games of the season, assisted by first-team coach Paul Hardyman.

In the meantime, the hunt for Awford’s replacement is under way, with McInnes having some definitive preferences.

Pompey’s chairman said: ‘I think we have suffered for quite a long time for lack of knowledge in football at this level.

‘So the manager we are looking for has to have experience and has to have had success at either League One or League Two.

‘He has to be a strong personality, big enough to take on the expectations of what comes with being manager of Portsmouth Football Club.

‘We would also have to be sceptical about whether they have previous Pompey links.

‘We would have to be stupid, we don’t want to burn off any more legends for goodness sake, we have done enough of that.

‘That is our criteria – but I don’t think there are many like that around.

‘If you look at clubs in this division who have been successful, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has walked into Burton and it has gone well.

‘Micky Mellon is probably manager of the year in this division, having taken over Shrewsbury with three players and are the best side.

‘Then you have the anomaly that is Gareth Ainsworth, who was possibly one kick away from not being a manager any more to third in the league.

‘You have then got the archetypal thing where we are criticised for not being football people.

‘Yet the Tranmere chairman Mark Palios – an ex player and formerly chief of the Football Association – brings in probably one of the most experienced men in football (Micky Adams) and finds himself second from bottom.

‘It is a terribly difficult thing to actually work out.’

Names such as Martin Allen, Nigel Adkins, Phil Brown, Neil Warnock and Harry Redknapp have already been thrown around to replace Awford.

But approaches have yet to be made to anyone.

McInnes said: ‘I would like to think four weeks ought to be about the right sort of time.

‘But if you are going to get the right manager in eight weeks you wait, don’t you?

‘There can’t be a rush because we have got to get it right and our track record on that front is not great.

‘I don’t mean the more time you take the more right you get it, but we have got to think very seriously.’