Whittingham trying to build for future

Pompey caretaker boss Guy Whittingham Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey caretaker boss Guy Whittingham Picture: Joe Pepler

Guy Whittingham revealed he’s trying to lay the foundations for next season for Pompey.

The Blues caretaker boss is sounding out players about staying put at Fratton Park.

Whittingham’s side have shown much-improved form in recent weeks, losing two of their past seven games.

And the signs from the existing set-up is there could be potential in the side next season if they can be kept together.

Whittingham is trying to work on that with the players, but knows he faces an uphill task until Pompey’s future becomes clearer next month.

He said: ‘Who knows what will happen?

‘We need a club for players to come to, so we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. But we’re talking to players and asking whether they fancy it.

‘They are asking where is the club going to be?

‘If things are going to be okay, there are possibilities. But there needs to be a club here first and foremost.’

Whittingham explained recent results and performances have seen confidence grow in his team.

He feels promoting Academy players like Dan Butler and Jed Wallace, and matching them with old heads like David Connolly and Patrick Agyemang, is now reaping dividends.

Whittingham stated the belief in the dressing room is there, while there’s also a conviction and freshness about the side which has been missing for much of the campaign.

He said: ‘They are all saying it’s a shame there aren’t that many games to go.

‘We’ve got a good group together. The balance is right and there’s a blend of experience and youthfulness.

‘There are some good professionals out there who want to do well and are conscientious.

‘You feel more and more the players will go out and perform. Things are changing for the better.

‘The players believe it. We’ve brought in players who have now played quite a few games together.

‘It’s like it’s the start of the season for them. They look fresh and hungry for the next game.

‘We’re looking capable of players playing well every game – and that gives us confidence.’