Guy Whittingham will be happy dropping back to being a coach with Portsmouth once the Championship side finally appoint a permanent manager. Whittingham insists he and Stuart Gray never had any designs on taking the role permanently despite collecting 10 points from their six games in charge.

He told The News: "I don't think it will be difficult going back to my old role. Neither Stuart or myself have ever thought of ourselves as the manager.

"We know what we are, we know we like coaching and it's not for us to dictate in any way what we want this club to do. In games we are in charge of the players, but we have never felt in the position to say `I am the manager and you do this'. We have approached things in the right way.

"It has been tough talking to the press, though. I've been trying to keep the straight bat going and saying `I don't know' quite a lot."

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