Portsmouth Chief Executive Mark Catlin confirms that the south coast club have drawn up a shortlist of targets already for the vacant manager’s position.

Pompey, who lie in 18th place in League Two after a disappointing start to the season, parted company with Guy Whittingham on Monday.

As well as drawing up a shortlist, which is rumoured to include Crawley manager Richie Barker and Newport boss Justin Edinburgh, Catlin has also invited applications over the next week and hope to be impressed by hopefuls looking for a challenge.    Catlin told BBC radio Solent “People like a challenge, and there is no bigger challenge than getting Portsmouth to where they should be in four to five years.”

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Following Portsmouth’s home defeat to Southend last night, Andy Awford has confirmed he does not wish to be considered for the role, and that he would prefer to return to his role as Academy Manager, meaning Pompey will definately see a new face at the helm.

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