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Whittingham Bolsters Gregory's Management

New manager John Gregory has moved for former player Guy Whittingham and appointed him as our new first team coach.

It's a bit of a Portsmouth switcheroo with Richie Barker now in charge of them, and former manager Whittingham, now on our books.

Whittingham obviously comes with good experience as a very good goal scorer in his playing days, plus coaching and management experience, and it's a swift move by Gregory to help bolster his staff and our chances of achieving the aims set for this season.

Of course both gentlemen have history, Gregory plucked Whittingham out of the army into professional football when he was at Portsmouth himself back in 1989 and it started a professional career for our new first team coach that spanned over 400 games and resulted in more than 156 goals as a striker.

His record in scoring for Portsmouth alone was 160 appearances and 88 goals.

The 49 year old has since had management spells at Newport IOW, Bracknell Town, and Eastleigh before joining former club Portsmouth as development coach in 2009. Two years later he was appointed caretaker boss of the first team before being given the position on a full time basis - once which he left last month - obviously being replaced by our former gaffer Richie.

Speaking to the Official Site following his appointment, Whittingham said.

'I'm delighted to be here working at such an ambitious and progressive football club. One of the attractions was working with the gaffer again. I guess I owe my professional career to him because he paid 450 to buy me out of the Army all those years ago.'

450, 160 appearances and 88 goals. Bargain!

Gregory himself added about the appointment that Whittingham knows the lower leagues very well and he's worked very hard as a coach and manager, so his experience in that direction will be a bonus for the club presumably as we look to snap up a few talents as well for the future. Of course his switch now from being a manager in his own right, back to being a coach means he'll have that pressure off, and for Gregory it means he can now do what at this stage in his career he is best at, working with players and improving them as a team and individually and it's a no brainer to here Gregory confirm that one of his biggest jobs at the club will be in working with our strikers.

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Date:Sunday December 15 2013

Time: 11:08PM


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