POM­PEY NEED BIG NAME – WADDO

The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Chris Dunlavy

GARY Wad­dock has ruled him­self out of the run­ning to be the next Portsmouth boss – and urged the board to ap­point a big name fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Andy Aw­ford.

Aw­ford, 42, was sacked fol­low­ing last week­end’s 3-1 de­feat to More­cambe, with for­mer Alder­shot and Wy­combe manager Wad­dock handed the reins un­til the end of the sea­son.

But with the club linked to the likes of Ian Holloway, Dar­ren Fer­gu­son and Paolo Di Canio – in ad­di­tion to book­ies’ favourite Phil Brown – for­mer QPR mid­fielder Wad­dock says he is happy to step aside.

“I’d love to man­age again,” said Wad­dock, who won pro­mo­tion to League One with Wy­combe in 2011.“But whether this is right for me this time around, I’m not so sure.

High-cal­i­bre

“The club have ad­ver­tised the role and with the amount of strong, high-cal­i­bre can­di­dates out there, I’d say they’ll go for some­one from out­side.

“This is a big club. Home games, we’re get­ting 15, 16, 17,000. At League Two level, that’s ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble. The fans have been amaz­ing but with that sup­port comes ex­pec­ta­tion.

“They de­mand a big name with a track-record of gain­ing pro­mo­tion, whether from this di­vi­sion or from higher di­vi­sions, which, to be hon­est, is ex­actly what this club needs.

“It’ll be a dif­fi­cult job to turn it round, but the per­son who does will have some se­ri­ous mo­men­tum. And per­son­ally, I’d love to stay here and be part of that.”

Aw­ford, Pom­pey’s for­mer academy chief, was ap­pointed last May af­ter im­press­ing in care­taker charge, but has spent much of the cam­paign scrap­ping in the bot­tom half of the ta­ble.

“There was a bit of pres­sure on Andy, but what hap­pened on Mon­day took every­body by sur­prise,” said Wad­dock, who ar­rived at the club as Aw­ford’s No.2 in De­cem­ber.

Pres­sure

“I feel for Andy – he’s a good guy who did a good job but the board have done what they think is best.”

Ex-Leeds boss Dave Hock­a­day is an­other name be­lieved to be in the frame but Neil Warnock, 12-1 with book­ies, says he has had no con­tact with the club.

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HOLD­ING THE FORT: Gary Wad­dock is in care­taker charge at Portsmouth

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