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Portsmouth appoint Barker and Coppell as management team

League Two Portsmouth have appointed Richie Barker as their new boss, with Steve Coppell also arriving at the club in a director of football role. "It's a fantastic club, you only have to look around to see the history and potential," Barker told BBC Sport.

"I'm extremely proud and extremely grateful and flattered to have the opportunity.

"The short-term goal is to get into the top half of League Two and eventually out of the division - in the right way. Long term who knows? There is no glass ceiling and if this place gets rolling it can keep going.

"Steve is a fantastic mentor and I have a lot of respect for him. He acknowledges I am the manager and he will not do anything to undermine that."

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