Pompey under-achievers face squad shake-up
By Site reporter
Tuesday 01 Oct 2013 13:27:00
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Guy Whittingham says he is not afraid to freshen up Pompey's squad if he feels it can bring about an upturn in results. A number of players are under pressure after a run of only two wins from the Blues' opening nine League Two games. Now Whittingham is looking at three potential new recruits.

 

Goalkeeper Arran Lee-Barrett and midfield pair Gavin Mahon and Therry Racon joined in training on Monday as the manager weighs up whether any of the trio are worth adding to the ranks in the light of poor results and injury worries over Simon Ferry and Shaun Cooper.

Lee-Barrett, who has played for Hartlepool and Ipswich, arrives with neither John Sullivan nor Phil Smith having impressed in goal so far.

Whittingham told The News nothing was done and dusted with the new trio. He said: ‘We are just having a look, there is no harm in doing that – particularly with Simon Ferry having gone down injured and Shaun Cooper also out at the moment.

‘All three trained with us yesterday and look all right, although Mondays are not the best day to gauge them following a match weekend. We will be able to open it up more on the pitch today. Standards have got to be met. We have set those standards but fell short of them on Saturday against York.

‘We have got to bring in people who more than likely can ensure that does not happen again. We cannot hang around. We cannot keep giving people chances to put things right – we don’t have time for that and something needs to be done.

‘It’s a ruthless world, players have got to realise that. You cannot allow people to rest of their laurels. We’re hoping to have the three of them all week, not one or two days, as we need to have a proper look at them to see where they are at. Who knows, there might be others coming in. We will have to wait and see.’

Mahon made 215 appearances for Watford before spending last season with Notts County and Stevenage. Racon was at Pompey for the second half of last season but was unable to find a club after leaving Millwall at the end of the campaign.

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