Paul Hardyman waits on Pompey job offer

Paul Hardyman. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Hardyman. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Long-serving coach keen to stay at club

Paul Hardyman is still waiting to hear if there is a new role for him at Pompey.

The popular 51-year-old has had two positive meetings with Paul Cook, who has informed him that he wants to keep him at the club.

We’ve had a couple of conversations and Paul told he would like me to stay on in some capacity, which was great of him

Paul Hardyman

Hardyman is keen to stay but understands the new manager has more pressing priorities at present.

While there are suggestions that a role may be found in the Academy, the former Blues left-back is prepared to bide his time as he waits for a job offer.

‘We’ve had a couple of conversations and Paul told me he would like me to stay on in some capacity, which was great of him,’ said Hardyman.

‘So I’m hopeful something may come out of it.

‘The only conversations I’ve had with him were about my future – I wasn’t involved with the decisions on players’ contracts or anything else.

‘I fully understand he is looking to sign players and certainly has more important priorities than me at the moment, so I’m just waiting to hear from him again.’

Hardyman stepped up from his position at the Academy to assist former boss Andy Awford last summer.

But he has no hard feelings that the new manager has appointed his own staff.

He added: ‘Paul has brought in his own staff and I have no problem with that at all. That’s football.

‘But from a personal point of view, I’m hoping to get something sorted out as quickly as possible.

‘If it’s at Portsmouth, then fantastic. But if it’s somewhere else, then I have had 25 great years with the club.’