Whittingham named permanent Pompey boss

New Pompey manager Guy Whittingham

New Pompey manager Guy Whittingham

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Guy Whittingham has been officially named as Pompey’s new manager.

The former Blues striker, who had been in caretaker charge of the first team since November, has been handed the reins on a permanent basis following the Pompey Supporters’ Trust’s takeover of the club.

He has been handed a year’s rolling contract, with the new boss yet to sort out the make-up of his backroom staff.

Whittingham stepped in to take control of the League One outfit – along with Andy Awford, who he wants to remain as his assistant – following former boss Michael Appleton’s decision to switch to Blackpool.

His first match in charge was a 2-0 defeat away to Bury on November 10, with his first victory not arriving until a 2-1 win at Crewe on March 2.

Since then, however, Pompey have won four, drawn three and lost only two of their past nine games – with their latest victory being a convincing 3-0 home win against Sheffield United on Saturday.

On announcing Whittingham’s appointment as manager, new club chairman Iain McInnes said: ‘We are delighted to have a character of Guy’s calibre in charge.

‘He understands the club and what we are trying to achieve and he has shown in the past few months what he can do when he has the opportunity to work with a settled group of players.’