The path has been cleared for Pompey to land Paul Cook.
The Blues are looking to tie up a deal to bring in the Chesterfield manager after his team’s play-off exit.
We know we have to wait for the season to unfold to get the right man.Mark Catlin
The Spireites’ bid to complete back-to-back promotions died against League One rivals Preston today.
A 3-0 defeat at Deepdale saw Cook’s side go out 4-0 on aggregate over the two legs.
That now leaves Pompey’s number one managerial target free to move to Fratton Park, if a release clause of around £150,000 in his contract is met.
Cook is firmly the man the club’s board want to succeed Andy Awford as manager.
The 48-year-old feels he has taken Chesterfield as far as he can on a limited budget.
With 11 players out of contract and free to speak to clubs from this weekend, there is a need to lay down foundations at Pompey for next season.
Chief executive Mark Catlin stated the club will cover all bases before making the appointment.
He said: ‘The general overview remains the same.
‘We want to examine all of our options before making a final decision.
‘The board shouldn’t be rushed.
‘We’ve got to take time and get the right person.’
Barnet boss, Martin Allen, was another name on the managerial shortlist.
But the former Blues midfielder has agreed a new deal with the Conference champions.
Allen, who was out of contract, was open to a Pompey move but was keen to quickly push through an agreement.
With Pompey’s priorities lying elsewhere and the club happy to bide their time to get Cook, Allen opted to sign a one-year rolling deal at The Hive.
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