McInnes weighs up his own Pompey future

Iain McInnes. Picture: Joe Pepler
Iain McInnes. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Chairman shares blame for appointments
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Iain McInnes has revealed he may reconsider his own position as he accepted his share of the blame for Andy Awford’s departure.

The Blues chairman has been left to do some soul-searching after the former club skipper left his post by mutual consent yesterday, after less than a season in permanent charge.

I don’t know about my own future, to be absolutely honest

Iain McInnes

Since the club takeover two years ago, it now means three managerial appointments have failed.

Guy Whittingham was sacked less than three months into his permanent reign – and Richie Barker was in charge for just 20 games before Awford’s rescue mission at the end of last season.

The former Pompey defender was given the job on the back of the club’s impressive seven-match unbeaten run at the end of last season, but he was unable to maintain that sort of form over the course of the current campaign.

It has left some supporters pointing fingers at those who made the appointments.

But McInnes certainly fronted up to those questions over the club’s leadership and conceded that he has himself thought about his own position.

McInnes said: ‘On days like these, I sometimes think back to two years ago and think “maybe someone else should have stepped forward”. You’ve got to believe that.

‘I don’t know about my own future, to be absolutely honest.

‘I would like to think that we will go again next season with a stronger structure, both on and off the pitch, with a competitive budget, a good board which is very supportive and a good management team in place.

‘Then maybe I will consider my position again.

‘But as a management team or a board, if you choose senior managers in a business and for some reason it fails, part of that responsibility has to be down to you having made the wrong decision.

‘I don’t think there was any lack of support. But we have to take accountability for the decisions we make.

‘That rests very heavily with me and it does take its toll.

‘These are all good people who have left.

‘Guy Whittingham and Macca (Alan McLoughlin) are good men and Andy is a great guy.

‘You’d have to be some kind of masochist to enjoy it, wouldn’t you?

‘It’s the last thing we wanted to happen and it was a very difficult day.

‘But the reality of life is that it’s a results-based business.’

While McInnes has been subjected to abusive emails and has also seen members of his own family come in for criticism from disgruntled fans, he wants to get the club back on track.

He said: ‘I’ve had lots of emails.

‘I answer as many as I can and some of them aren’t too sweet.

‘But that comes with the territory, I suppose.

‘Does it diminish the ambition of myself and my colleagues on the board to get this right?

‘The answer is “no”.

‘We owe it to the fans and the football club to get on and do the job properly.

‘We’ve done a lot of the job properly but not this bit of choosing the manager. We’ve got to get smarter at it but it’s a tough ask.’