Whittingham targets last win before stepping aside

Pompey's joint caretaker managers Guy Whittingham, left, and Stuart Gray
Pompey's joint caretaker managers Guy Whittingham, left, and Stuart Gray
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Guy Whittingham is determined to sign off his time in joint caretaker charge of Pompey in style as he insisted: It’s been a privilege.

The former Blues striker stepped in to the breach alongside Stuart Gray after the exit of Steve Cotterill, who returns to Fratton Park tomorrow in charge of his new club Nottingham Forest.

While Pompey have still not appointed his successor some three weeks on, it seems certain a new man will be in place for the Blues’ next game – the trip to Watford on November 19 after next week’s international break.

While Whittingham still has no idea when he will revert to his coaching position as the club take their time over the managerial appointment, he is keen to chalk up a third successive victory at Fratton Park.

He said: ‘If it is our last game, then so be it. If it’s not, then starting next week, we will look at our next game.

‘It doesn’t make any difference to how we want to approach the game.

‘It’s important for the fact we need three points.

‘Whether it’s our last game or whether it’s not, it’s important because we’re at home and we want to win.

‘But it’s been a privilege – we’ve enjoyed it and we hope that all the staff have.’

Whittingham also admitted him and Gray will try to keep Cotterill guessing on the team selection ahead of an important clash.

He said: ‘He knows the players inside out and there will be some mind games there.

‘But we will be keeping things to ourselves on what the team will be.

‘It will be strange situation but it will be nice to see him back here and we’ve got a lot of respect for him.’