Barker believes his record speaks for itself
By Site reporter
Wednesday 11 Dec 2013 22:09:00
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Richie Barker has no qualms about trying to get Pompey moving in the right direction without a big budget. The new Fratton manager believes his success as boss at Bury and Crawley has shown he can get results when money is tight.


As he prepared for his first game in charge, Barker told The News: ‘Success is measured in many different ways. I took Bury to their highest position in 13 years and took Crawley to their highest league position in their history.

‘There is an argument to say that was an element of success with what I had available to me at that particular time. At Bury it was tough because that football club had been in League Two for a good few years, so sustaining League One was always the aim.

‘And to finish mid-table – we finished joint-12th – having sold four players on a tight budget was a feather in the cap for everybody. For me, in my first full year, it was a massive learning curve and I would say that is the equivalent of winning something. We were one of the favourites to go down.

‘Obviously, people jumped on the fact it was my first job and I had only been a caretaker, but I think we bucked a lot of trends that year. At Crawley I had a tiny budget and my job was two or three-fold, really.

‘It was to bring in young players, try to improve them, try to sustain League One, try to get as high up League One as possible and have an impact in a positive way on the finances.

‘Sometimes knowing you haven’t got a great deal from the start is easier than thinking you have got a great deal and ending up with not a great deal. It’s something, again, I took pride in because I helped the football club come close to becoming self-sustainable and I enjoyed that. I enjoyed that ability to make a difference on and off the pitch.’

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