FORMER Doncaster Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll could be in charge against his old club in Saturday’s game against Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
O’Driscoll is reported to have applied for the vacant Pompey job and reports emanating from the town suggest that he had an interview yesterday.
O’Driscoll could face competition from the likes of Iain Dowie, Mark Robins and Nigel Worthington, who recently quit as Northern Ireland manager. They have all been linked with the job at Fratton Park.
O’Driscol was a regular at Fratton Park during his time at Bournemouth and spoke in glowing terms about the club’s supporters ahead of Rovers’ visit last season.
Pompey chairman David Lampitt has pledged to take his time over deciding the man to replace Steve Cotterill.
First-team coaches Guy Whittingham and Stuart Gray were in charge of Pompey’s games against Barnsley and Ipswich following Cotterill’s decision to take over at Nottingham Forest last Friday.
Whittingham admits doesn’t know whether a new Pompey boss will be in place for Saturday’s game.
Rovers’ keeper Gary Woods, who has dropped down the pecking order since Dean Saunders took charge, is facing several weeks on the sidelines after injuring his shoulder in training. With on-loan keeper Chris Kirkland pulling out of Tuesday’s game with a back problem, Saunders could be forced to consider bringing in another senior keeper ahead of the trip to Fratton Park if the former England international is again ruled out.
Defender James O’Connor could also be a doubt. He missed Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat against Blackpool with a toe injury.
“He couldn’t get his boot on,” said Saunders.
Saunders is expecting Spurs loanee Ryan Mason, who sat out Tuesday’s game with a stomach upset, to resume training today. He is also hoping that striker Jon Parkin will be available for the weekend after also missing the Blackpool game with a flu bug.
Saturday’s game is the last of Parkin’s scheduled month loan from Cardiff.
n Derek McInnes has been named new manager of Bristol City.