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Portsmouth aPPOINT Danny Cowley as new boss

Portsmouth FC, who are currently looking for a new manager, have gone strangely quiet on this topic in the last few days. Joe Gallen, was the Interim coach for Tuesday night’s game at Peterborough.

The club, however, say they have had a number of applications, but despite their being several names linked to the job, two appear to have rules themselves out completely. Those being Neil Harris and Daniel Stendel. This was on the basis of the appointment Portsmouth are keen on, which is short term until the end of the season. While both Harris and Stendel, wanted longer term contracts.

All of which has apparently left the path clear for the Cowley Brothers. Danny and Nicky Cowley, who have been out of work since leaving Huddersfield. It is understood the club have held extensive talks with the pair and have named them as new coaches of Pompey until the end of the season.

It is not understoood what role if any Joe Gallen will play in the new set up. Gallen has been Kenny Jackett’s right hand man, for several years, but in the wake of Jacketts departure, he was put in sole charge. And judging by the way he donned more formal clothing on Tuesday sees himself as a candidate, but with the Cowleys set to be appointed it might be a different picture.

Fan Excitement

Will the Cowleys appointment give the fans excitement? They certainly were not the coaches that perhaps many were expecting, however, they are still none the less very successful at lower league level

Every club they have been with since starting out at Concord Rangers they have improved and more importantly from Portsmouth’s view, achieved promotion to a higher league.

Their last notable success was with Lincoln City, before the Cowleys’ appointment Lincoln were a non-league side, but under the Cowleys they got promoted back into the Football League & subsequently gained promotion to League One.

This success attracted Huddersfield Town to come calling. The Brothers then left Lincoln, who at the time were riding high in League One to take over at the Yorkshire based club. Sadly for them despite saving The Terriers from relegation, the Cowleys were sacked and have been out of work ever since.

Success

Right now though they may not star names as some other managers are, but if they bring success to Pompey and achieve promotion to the Championship then the Fratton Faithful will be very happy indeed!

The brand of football the Cowleys will bring to Pompey is expansive and attacking so you can be sure given the talented squad the South Coast club have, in my opinion if not automatic promotion, then at the very least the play offs are a certainty. Either way though it is going to be a very exciting end to the season for the club.

Do you think Pompey will be promoted to the Championship at the end of the season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…..

Portsmouth’s MANAGERIAL dILemma

Portsmouth Football Club hot on the heels of losing the EFL Check A Trade Trophy Final to Salford on Saturday are now facing a managerial dilemma

Following the shock loss to Salford City on Saturday Kenny Jackett, the first team manager departed the club.

Many die hard Pompey fans will tell you its been long over due. This author, however, was in the camp of seeing what happens at the seasons end That though proved to be a false hope after the result on Saturday

Portsmouth were devoid of ideas and persisted in trying to go through Salford’s packed midfield, which clearly failed to work. When they did finally open the midfield up, they had joy in getting crosses in.

But that digresses from the point…

This brings us to Pompey’s managerial dilemma…

Following Kenny Jackett’s departure his trusted assistant Joe Gallen is in temporary charge for tonights game at Peterborough.

Gallen, according to the clubs website has the job on a game by game basis, while they interview prospective new managers

The dilemma is ultimately of the South-Coast Club’s own making according to Mark Caitlin the CEO

It is like this, Portsmouth are currently just outside the League One play -offs in seventh position. This is because other results went against them on Saturday. There is still 13 games left to play in the 2020/21 season Caitlin has stated that the post is attracting plenty of interest.

So, with this in mind, do they stick with Joe Gallen until the end of the current campaign? Appoint an Interim manager and then weigh up their options again in the summer? Or confirm a permanent manager now and go for it?

Of the many linked names with the vacancy these are just a few of the names that stand out:

Potential Candidates

Daniel Stendel you might recall was in charge of Barnsley, when they got promoted from League One and he got them playing some super football.

He led the Reds to promotion to the Championship at the first attempt as well as winning the EFL League One Manager of The Year award.

This subsequently attracted the attention of Hearts and Stendel was tempted north of the Border to the Scottish Premiership, against the back drop of the Scottish clubs troubles at that time.

Currently now out of work, it is thought he has been interviewed for the job. The sticking point seems to be the length of the contract Portsmouth are offering, as discussed above.

Add into the equation, the fact that AS Nancy in France are also very keen on him and willing to offer him a longer term contract, then it becomes a real dilemma for Portsmouth and one that is of their own making

There are of course other names in the frame, such as Neil Harris, but he is unlikely to excite fans despite the fact that he got Millwall promoted from the Championship.

Danny Cowley, is another linked name, but has previously stated he wants to manager in the Championship following his time at Huddersfield Town.

On the other hand, Cowley has said that he would like the chance to take Pompey there. They are after all: a big club, great history, superb fan base and Cowley has a more than impressive CV, which until the Huddersfield appointment was littered with success and numerous promotions.

So, with all that said what do Portsmouth do? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below….

Will Portsmouth Retain the EFL Trophy?

Portsmouth travel to Wembley tomorrow to face Salford City in the delayed EFL Trophy Final from last year.

In a bizarre situation, due to the COVID- 19 Pandemic , Portsmouth face Salford City in the 2019/20 final and are looking to create history as being the first team to retain the Trophy.

In the previous final held at Wembley they beat Sunderland on penalties to win it for the first time.

The strange circumstance arouse because should Portsmouth win and create history it will stand for the briefest of times. This is due to the fact that on the following day the 2018/19 beaten finalists Sunderland face Tranmere in this year’s cup final. This is also set to be a League One v League Two affair.

Poor Run

Portsmouth, though favourites in many peoples eyes due to their: large fan base, fantastic support and history, come into this match on the back of very poor run of results.

They were top at Christmas time and in such a good run of form that for many automatic promotion was nailed on.

Since then, however, instead of scoring goals for fun Pompey have been shipping them in instead, though they still have a positive goal difference. Their current form highlights them as third bottom of League One and in addition, a minus six goal difference.

Add into the bargain that their manager Kenny Jacket is under pressure to turn their form around a fact he acknowledges.

But with a bit of food for thought, should Portsmouth lose then it is possible that Jacket may well choose to walk. This though would be out of character for him to do so during a season.

His past history shows that he usually stays with a club for an average of four years, then if the club aren’t progressing as he thinks they should, leaves at the end of the campaign.

Salford

Salford by comparison, are currently ninth in League Two.

On current form based on the last six matches, they sit 16th with a minus one goal difference.

Under the guidance of Richie Wellens they have done well this season. Though the owners of the club, which are the class of 92 no less, have made it very clear and plain that promotion this season is a must.

Whether that is achieved remains to be seen. So, Wellens is under pressure of a different sort going into the game with Salford massive underdogs.

Either way it promises to be a good game.

Who do you think will win? Give us your thoughts in the comments below…

2 players that will help Portsmouth succeed this season

Portsmouth make the trip to AFC Wimbledon this weekend in search of their first victory in 4 games.

Having tasted success last season after lifting the League Two champions trophy, the south coast outfit have struggled to adapt to life in League One, picking up just 1 win in 5 matches so far this season.

Last time out Portsmouth lost 1-0 at home to Rotherham United, which was the first victory on the road for the ‘Millers’ in 27 attempts.

The club bought in 13 new players to the club this summer including experienced striker Brett Pitman, who manager Kenny Jackett handed the captains armband to upon his arrival to Fratton Park. Having only played 5 games there is still plenty of time for the club to turn their season around, and put together a run of victories to help them finish strongly and further up the table.

With this in mind for me defender Christian Burgess and striker Brett Pitman are going to need to step up and be key players for the club, to help them succeed this summer.

Christian Burgess – The central defender was in the League Two team of the year last season after a string of terrific performances, and despite only being 25 years of age he was a pivotal part of the Portsmouth team that helped the club achieve promotion from the football league’s bottom tier.

Burgess also chipped in with 4 goals last term and provided 2 assists for his team, showing that he can be an effect at the top end of the pitch as well as defensively. With Portsmouth only conceding 40 goals throughout the whole of last season, and Burgess playing 44 out 46 league games it shows how valuable he is to the defence and another solid season this campaign could really help the club succeed.

Brett Pitman – With Kenny Jackett appointing Pitman as the new captain of the team this season, he obviously sees him as an integral part of the Portsmouth side. Having joined the south coast outfit from Ipswich this summer, the club will be looking for a return on there investment in terms of Pitman scoring plenty of goals.

Having only found the back of the net on 4 occasions last season for Ipswich in the Championship, Pitman has started life at Portsmouth in terrific fashion as he is only one short of his tally from last season after 5 games in League One. If the club are to have a successful season, Pitman is going to have to continue to find the back of the net on a regular basis.

Portsmouth fans do you agree Burgess and Pitman are key players to you doing well this season? Let us know in the comments section…