Coronavirus protocols sideline incoming boss Danny Cowley from first Portsmouth training session

Pompey are putting the finishing touches to Danny Cowley’s appointment as manager.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 7:44 am
Updated Thursday, 18th March 2021, 9:33 am

However, coronavirus protocols will today prevent him from taking training for the first time.

The pair have 12 matches to revitalise the Blues’ fading play-off hopes, yet back themselves to make a positive impact.

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Following lengthy Zoom calls with Michael Eisner and other Blues board members yesterday afternoon English time, agreement on their appointment was reached.

Although the duo are unable to oversee training at present as they must undergo coronavirus testing before entering Pompey’s bubble.

That rules them out from having training ground involvement today, with Joe Gallen and Jake Wigley continuing to oversee matters on a temporary basis.

The Cowleys are instead pencilled in to take training on Friday – and be in the dug-out against Ipswich at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Danny Cowley is expected to be in Pompey's dug-out for Saturday's key clash with Ipswich. Picture: Naomi Baker

That is providing they receive the all-clear from testing.

It is understood Danny Cowley’s enthusiasm and passion for taking the Fratton job hugely impressed the Blues board during discussions.

Particularly as other targets were unwilling to work on a short-term basis – an aspect which is key to Pompey plans moving forward.

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