Former Watford boss eyes Pompey hot seat

Aidy Boothroyd
Aidy Boothroyd

Aidy Boothroyd has thrown his hat into the ring for the Pompey manager’s job.

The News understands the former Watford boss has applied to fill Steve Cotterill’s former position.

Boothroyd has been without a club after leaving Coventry City in March.

Now he is among a bumper number of managers to have put themselves forward for the Fratton Park hot seat since Friday.

The 40-year-old established himself as one of the brightest young bosses in the game during his tenure at Watford.

In three-and-a-half years at Vicarage Road he saved them from relegation, won promotion to the Premier League, reached the FA Cup semi-finals and made the play-offs for a second time.

At the time of their promotion in the 2005-06 campaign, the Hornets had the fifth-lowest wage bill in the Championship. Boothroyd later managed Colchester before leaving to join Coventry in the summer of 2010.

His first Sky Blues match was against Pompey on the opening day of the season – also Steve Cotterill’s bow.

He was sacked by Coventry in March with the club sitting 19th in the Championship.

Since then he has been regularly working as a co-commentator for Sky during his wait to get back into football management.

He was working for them at Fratton last weekend for the televised fixture with Barnsley.

After that appearance, the bookies instilled him among the leading contenders for the job.

As of last night, Stan James priced Boothroyd at 14/1, while SkyBet had him down at 16/1. Sean O’Driscoll and Dave Jones remain the bookies’ favourites to replace Cotterill.

O’Driscoll’s interest was revealed in The News on Monday and he remains a genuine contender.

However, it is understood Jones is a non-starter and has already been informed he will not be considered.

Despite alleged sightings of him at Fratton on Saturday, the former Southampton boss is adamant he was not present.

Meanwhile, Bristol City’s decision to appoint Derek McInnes as their new boss has an interesting knock-on effect for Pompey. O’Driscoll, Jones and Mark Robins were among the unsuccessful final five candidates for the Ashton Gate job.

Similarly, Robins was also in the running for the Nottingham Forest position before Cotterill beat him to it.

He could now emerge as an option for the Blues having impressed at both Rotherham and Barnsley in recent years.

He left the Tykes in the summer after claiming he had taken them as far as he could on a shoestring budget.

Iain Dowie is another who has established himself as a strong front-runner during the past 48 hours.

The former Southampton striker’s odds plummeted to 9/2 with SkyBet last night.

He last managed at Hull where he failed to keep them in the Premier League after taking over from Phil Brown.