Former Pompey striker Teddy Sheringham could be about to take his first job in management after being given permission to speak to Stevenage.
The 49-year-old has been given the go-ahead by West Ham, where he is attacking coach, to speak to the Blues’ League Two rivals.
The news comes just weeks after Sheringham applied for the then-vacant managerial role at Fratton Park, only to be beaten to the position by ex-Chesterfield boss Paul Cook.
Borough declined to comment on the reports, but Graham Westley’s contract as manager expires imminently and he has not received an offer of an extension.
The move would be Sheringham’s first into management after his appointment to become a member of the Hammers’ staff 12 months ago.
Westley suggested after the play-off loss to Southend last week that he may not be at Broadhall Way next season.
He said: ‘We will see where things go from here. I am the Stevenage manager up until the end of May.
‘There’s been no offer to me. The club is having a serious rethink about what it’s going to do for the future so we’ll see how that pans out.’
Sheringham, who played 51 times for England, scoring 11 goals, started his career with Millwall and played for Nottingham Forest, Spurs (twice), Manchester United, Pompey, West Ham and Colchester before retiring aged 42.
He scored 10 goals in 38 appearances for the Blues during their maiden season in the Premier League in 2003-04.
The striker’s hat-trick in a 4-0 Fratton Park success over Bolton in the third match of the season even lifted Harry Redknapp’s side into top spot.
Pompey went on to finish that campaign in 13th position, with Sheringham departing for Upton Park after not being offered a fresh deal to stay on the south coast.