Pompey have this afternoon sacked Guy Whittingham as manager.
The 49-year-old took his press duties as normal around 1pm today ahead of the fixture with Southend.
However, within hours he was dismissed after a board meeting headed by chairman Iain McInnes and chief executive Mark Catlin.
Backroom staff Steve Allen, David Connolly, Dave Coles, Alan McLoughlin and Andy Awford were later called to Fratton Park when the news was delivered to staff.
Whittingham has paid the price after four successive defeats saw the Blues knocked out of two cup competitions and slip to 18th in the table.
Saturday’s 2-1 home loss to Scunthorpe was met with boos and chants of ‘That was embarrassing’ from the Fratton faithful.
Andy Awford, David Connolly and Alan McLaughlin will take charge of the game against Southend tomorrow night.