Pompey boss has near-impossible job, but it's one he wants
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Wednesday 16 Jan 2013 17:24:00
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Guy Whittingham has outlined the difficulties he and his staff face in trying to plan for the long-term without knowing what the next week will bring. And he has dropped his first hints that he would be interested in the manager's job on a permanent basis.

In a candid interview with The News, Corporal Punishment said he was learning fast about life in the top job at a club and stressed that his top priority was making sure the club exited administration and lived on.

And he revealed he was trying to build bridges with other managers - people whose help he might need as Pompey plan for the day when they can build a new team with an eye on next season, in whichever league that may find them.

Whittingham said of his No1 role: 'Unless you are in the hot seat you’ll never know how it is. Even your number two or staff don’t know the situation until you are in it. I’ve picked up experience, for sure. It’s the best place to learn – right in the deep end.

‘You are fighting fires all the time. Having been here for nine weeks, I know you won’t get anything tougher. I’m caretaker manager at the moment. It’s a privileged position to be in and I’m very honoured to be in it. If it (the permanent managerial role) comes about it comes about. But the most important thing is this club survives and comes out of administration as soon as possible.’

Whittingham spoke of the difficulty in trying to get a team together each week and look longer-term at the same time: ‘You can’t plan long-term. We’re trying to, though. We’re trying to get players who aren’t just going to be here for the rest of the season.

‘We’re looking for players we’ve been told or advised could do a job in League One or League Two next season. I’ve talked to several managers who have been supportive. I talked to Kevin Blackwell (the Bury manager) after the Walsall game. He said some nice things on Sky and said some good words. So I made sure that he knew I knew. That’s important. It is tough, but managers who have been in situations a bit like this also know how tough it is. You remember that.’

Meanwhile Scunthorpe have expressed early concern for Saturday's visit by Pompey - with freezing temperatures expected between now and then, there is already some doubt over whether the game can go ahead.

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