Richie installed as new Pompey boss

Richie Barker
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Richie Barker, the former Sheffield Wednesday, Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United player, is Portsmouth’s new manager.

Steve Coppell has also been installed as director of football there.

Sheffield-born Barker, 38, agreed a rolling contract to take over at Fratton Park less than two weeks after he was sacked by League One Crawley. He replaces Guy Whittingham, who was axed by Pompey two days earlier following a winless run of seven matches which left them 18th in League Two. Crawley had failed to win in any of their last seven games, under Barker, scoring just once.

Barker said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me. I’m very excited to be at this club with its great history.

“Everyone knows how passionate the people of Portsmouth are about their football club.”

Barker had four uneventful years at Hillsborough from 1993.

He had a six game try-out at Doncaster, and after spells at five other clubs, ended up at Rotherham.

Former Crystal Palace and Brighton boss Coppell, 58, worked in a similar role with Barker at Crawley.

He said: “It’s a new challenge for me. Richie asked if I’d like to be involved and I jumped at the opportunity.”