Pompey ace calls for new boss to be unveiled

Linked: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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Liam Lawrence weighed up the Pompey manager hunt and insisted: It’s time to get it sorted.

The Blues skipper has called for a quick conclusion to the chase for Steve Cotterill’s successor.

Pompey’s caretaker duo Guy Whittingham and Stuart Gray steered the team to a gutsy 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace last night.

That was the fifth game under their charge in the 20 days since Cotterill left the club.

Sean O’Driscoll and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remain the bookies’ favourites for the job.

The rumour mill was buzzing at Selhurst Park last night, with talk of an imminent appointment.

There were no plans for any press conference today at Fratton Park, however.

The News can reveal that former Barnsley manager Mark Robins has not been given an interview despite applying for the job, while Chris Coleman and ex-Blues defender Kit Symons are not under consideration.

The talk of a move for Ray Wilkins, which also emerged yesterday, is well wide of the mark.

And, despite rumours surfacing of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink being at Pompey’s hotel in Cobham ahead of last night’s Palace clash, the Nottingham Forest first-team coach was in the dugout at the City Ground for his side’s 1-0 victory over Reading.

As the hunt goes on, Pompey midfielder Lawrence wants to see the managerial saga resolved now so the club can push forward.

He said: ‘We’re hoping it gets sorted. There’s a lot of rumours flying around.

‘Maybe there might be an appointment this week, but you never know.

‘If the new man comes in he’ll get us going.

‘To be fair, Stuart and Guy have done a fantastic job. We’ve been good under them.

‘There’s loads of names flying around.

‘We have to get on with it and get on with our jobs.

‘But it’s time for it to happen now, really.

‘It’s been more than a couple of weeks.

‘Maybe it can get sorted this week or next week, so when we come back after the international break we have a new gaffer.’

Lawrence admits he and the rest of his team-mates are as much in the dark as anyone as to who the identity of the new manager will be.

The captain, players and rest of the Pompey coaching staff have not been given any indication of who will be arriving.

But the 29-year-old Lawrence has faith in the club’s owners and chief executive David Lampitt to make an appointment which is right for the club.

He said: ‘We honestly don’t know who it will be. There’s names flying around, but it’s no different to what everyone knows.

‘The right one needs to be picked and I’m sure they will. It’s their job to do that.’