Waddock keen to stay at Pompey – regardless of role

Caretaker Pompey boss Gary Waddock   Picture: Joe Pepler
Caretaker Pompey boss Gary Waddock Picture: Joe Pepler
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Gary Waddock wants to remain at Fratton Park beyond this season – regardless of the role presented to him.

Pompey’s newly-installed caretaker boss last night oversaw a 1-0 defeat at play-off chasing Stevenage.

Regardless of being permanent manager, I want to be part of this football club and stay here for the foreseeable future

Pompey caretaker boss Gary Waddock

Tom Pett netted the decisive goal after 137 seconds, although the Blues showed plenty of guts and heart afterwards, particularly in the second half.

Waddock has been handed the job until the end of the season following Awford’s exit as manager following 55 matches in charge.

The 53-year-old arrived at Fratton Park as assistant manager in December, making no secret of his desire to one day return to management at whatever club.

Now he has the chance to stake his claim with the Blues.

He said: ‘When I arrived I didn’t want a managerial job in these circumstances, that’s for sure.

‘On Monday, the club asked me to be caretaker manager and take care of the team until the end of the season.

‘They will make a decision on who will be the next manager and all I want to do is get towards the end of the season now, to help the players give a good account of themselves and then we can finish on a positive in those remaining fixtures.

‘Regardless of being permanent manager, I want to be part of this football club and stay here for the foreseeable future.

‘I have really enjoyed coaching here, it is a fantastic club, everybody talks about the supporters and fanbase which is amazing, but we have also got a good group of players and great staff.

‘I get on well with all of them and want to be part of this club going forward because I can see this moving on.

‘I do want to be part of it, we will get to the summer and see what happens.

‘Who knows what the role will be, that will be decided in the summer.’

Waddock was added to the club’s coaching staff following the dismissal of Alan McLoughlin as first-team coach.

Since then, he has settled in and impressed those in Pompey’s hierarchy to such an extent they would like for him to remain on the south coast.

As for his relationship with ex-boss Awford, the former QPR manager has nothing but praise.

He added: ‘Awfs is a good bloke, I have come in to help and support him and we worked very, very well together.

He has become a good friend and I am bitterly disappointed.

‘I didn’t really know him beforehand, only the occasional hello at games, but he is such a nice guy, a strong character, who will bounce back.

‘It is quite simple, the results weren’t what everybody expected and, let’s be honest, everybody is judged on results.

‘It is just unfortunate we haven’t been consistent enough this season in terms of performance because if we play the way we did last night – more consistently – then we are going to get the results.’