Dave Kitson calls for patience in search for new Portsmouth manager as Aidy Boothroyd declares interest

Portsmouth striker Dave Kitson has insisted that there is no need to rush into a decision on who will be the club’s new manager.

Pompey host Doncaster tomorrow in what will be their third game under the guidance of stand-in pair Guy Whittingham and Stuart Gray. The duo have so far overseen a 2-0 win over Barnsley and an unfortunate 1-0 defeat away at Ipswich on Tuesday night.

Kitson has paid particular praise to Gray’s influence on the training ground when he spoke to the Chichester Observer and believes his methods and enthusiasm are making a seamless transition to a matchday scenario: “I think if we’d been beaten four or five nil at Ipswich we would have said we’d need somebody to steady the ship. That wasn’t the case, though.

“What is undeniable is there is an enormous respect for Guy and Stuart. Stuart has been there and done it, in particular.

“Even when Steve (Cotterill) was here, a lot of players spoke about how much they loved Stuart’s sessions. I know I did. It’s true and translates itself on to the pitch. The enjoyment of those sessions make the game an extension of training.”

In regards to the search for a new manager the striker added: “We’d need to know sooner rather than later what the situation is. But there is enough there to suggest that a new manager is not urgent.”

Kitson’s comments come on the same day that former Coventry and Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd threw his name into the ring for the Fratton Park hotseat. The News understands the 40-year-old has formally applied for the position and although being considered a contender is behind in the running to favourites Sean O’Driscoll and Dave Jones, although the latter is rumoured to have been told he will not be considered for the post.

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