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Whittingham gets board backing

19 November 2013

Guy Whittingham's position as Portsmouth boss is not under threat despite a dismal week for the Fratton Park club.

Some fans have been calling for Whittingham to be sacked after Saturday's 4-0 defeat at AFC Wimbledon left the pre-season promotion favourites down in 16th in Sky Bet League Two.

That poor display came on the back of last weekend's FA Cup defeat at Stevenage and a midweek exit from the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Newport.

Chairman Iain McInnes and chief executive Mark Catlin held a meeting with Whittingham and some of his backroom staff earlier this week.

And the 49-year-old, who was handed the permanent manager's job over the summer having been in caretaker charge as the club battled administration last term, will be given time to turn things around.

"The meeting was not anything but positive," Catlin told Press Association Sport.

"Guy has only been in the role since the start of the season - he was here last year but that was in impossible circumstances.

"He was brought in as part of a long-term strategy so there will be no snap decisions.

"Guy and the players came out after the Wimbledon game and admitted it was unacceptable. The fans were not happy but no one at the club was happy.

"Ultimately it was a bad week at the office but you can't make rash decisions on the basis of one week.

"We are not dressing things up, it's a results-based business, but you can't go getting rid of managers after one poor week.

"The upshot is there is no panic."


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