Waddock weighs up future role

Gary Waddock Picture: Joe Pepler
Gary Waddock Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Waddock hopeful on Pompey position

GARY WADDOCK has revealed he doesn’t fear for his Pompey future.

The caretaker boss joined the Blues in December as part of a backroom reshuffle in the wake of Alan McLoughlin’s departure.

It will be up to the new manager to decide what role I might have. I genuinely don’t know.

Gary Waddock

The 53-year-old was then tasked with overseeing the final four games of the campaign after manager Andy Awford left his post and is keen to stay at Fratton Park.

At present, he looks likely to remain at the club in some capacity, but he understands that could change depending on Pompey’s forthcoming managerial appointment.

Waddock said: ‘It’s a big club and I can see it moving forward. I don’t see it just standing still and I want to be a part of that.

‘If this club can get fans of 16-17,000 and get so many following them away from home, it’s only a matter of time before this turns around.

‘The next appointment is going to be very important and I’d like to be part of this.

‘I’m quite flexible. I like being on the grass and I like coaching.

‘It will be up to the new manager to decide what role I might have. I genuinely don’t know.

‘We could agree something between myself and the club and then a manager could come in and it could all change.

‘I’ve been in this game a little while now and I know how things can change very quickly.

‘All I will say is that I want to be a part of it.’

It’s unusual for a manager to join a club and not want to bring in any of his own staff to work alongside him.

But Pompey are also keen to retain most of the existing structure that will not require a major overhaul among the coaching staff.

While Waddock insists he has yet to sign anything, he understands how football works and that the landscape could yet change.

He said: ‘A manager could come in and want to bring in his own people.

‘That’s the nature of the business that we are in.

‘Nothing surprises me and if that is the outcome then that’s the outcome.

‘But I’ve had some positive conversations with people at the club. We’ve been talking over the past couple of weeks and we will have another conversation soon, hopefully.

‘They have been very good to me since I have been here.’

Waddock has made no secret of his desire to become a full-time manager again.

But Chesterfield’s Paul Cook is still the club’s number one target.

And his pathway could become clear if his side are knocked out of the League Two play-offs tomorrow as they seek to overturn a 1-0 defeat at home to Preston in Thursday’s first leg.

‘We genuinely don’t know when an appointment will be made. It could be days or weeks,’ added Waddock.

‘But we know the board of directors want to get someone from the outside to come in and have a look at things.’