TEDDY SHERINGHAM has applied for Pompey’s manager’s job.
The News understands the one-time Blues striker is among 60-70 realistic candidates to declare their interest in the role vacated by Andy Awford last week.
Sources close to Sheringham claim the 49-year-old is ready to move into football management and sees Fratton Park as the ideal starting point.
The ex-England striker was appointed West Ham’s attacking coach on a part-time basis back in May 2014.
His input has been praised on occasions by Sam Allardyce after the Hammers enjoyed an impressive first half to the current Premier League campaign.
Now Allardyce’s own job is under threat with his contract expiring this summer – also raising question marks over the futures of staff including assistant boss Neil McDonald, coach Ian Hendon and Sheringham.
It adds up to the perfect time for Sheringham to get involved in management.
Although not meeting club chairman Iain McInnes’ criteria of a boss experienced in the lower divisions with a record of promotions, the ex-Manchester United man is an intriguing candidate.
He scored 10 goals in 38 appearances for Pompey 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.
The Blues went on to finish that campaign in 13th position, with Sheringham departing for West Ham after not being offered a fresh Fratton Park deal.
He eventually retired in April 2008 at the age of 42 following a season with Colchester United in the Championship.
Sheringham will be discussed, along with a host of other applicants, by Pompey’s seven-man board on Thursday.
A shortlist will then be drawn up for chief executive Mark Catlin to work his way through in a bid to get their man.
One early favourite among supporters has been Phil Brown – but he has claimed he will this week sign a three-year deal at Southend United.
Last week, Nigel Adkins and Mark Warburton turned down the opportunity to apply for the job.
Chesterfield boss Paul Cook remains well-backed at the bookies as he continues to impress.
The 48-year-old steered the Spireites, who are currently in the League One play-offs, to the League Two championship last season.
Meanwhile, Neil Warnock has declined to comment on his interest in the Pompey job when approached by The News yesterday.
The former QPR boss had previously been spoken to by the Blues after Richie Barker’s exit in March 2014, yet preferred a director of football role.