Pompey have missed out on Darren Moore as the search for a new first-team coach continues.
The former Fratton defender, who was sacked from a similar position at Blackburn in March, was sounded out over a possible role in Guy Whittingham’s backroom.
However, he has ruled himself out of contention.
Whittingham, though, remains relaxed as the hunt goes on to bolster his coaching ranks.
Last month he made physio Steve Allen his assistant in a dual role, ensuring he now requires a first-team coach.
But Whittingham claims he will not be concerned if the job still hasn’t been filled for the start of pre-season training on June 27.
The Pompey boss said: ‘Darren Moore has been mentioned but that is now not happening. I have spread the net wide, though.
‘It wouldn’t bother me if we went into pre-season with me and Steve (Allen).
‘I know I can coach, I am quite happy in that situation.
‘I know what I can do on the coaching field.
‘It’s just sometimes you need somebody else, another voice and another set of ideas.
‘There is no time frame. I think getting the right person is most important.
‘I would not rule out anything, really.
‘Whether it is people you know, people you don’t know, people at the club, people not at the club, I am quite relaxed about it.
‘They don’t necessarily have to have links with the football club.
‘It might be a good thing that it’s someone from the outside who comes in.
‘Then again, it might be good if we do keep it in-house. I think there are pros and cons from every angle you look at it.
‘I just think it is very important we get the right person in.’