We take a look at Pompey ahead of the new campaign...
After relegation from League 1, but their takeover being completed, many hoped Portsmouth could bounce back at the first attempt. It wasn’t to be however, as they went through three different managers, before a good run to the season saw them finish 13th. Richie Barker replaced Guy Whittingham, but he was unable to turn things around, before Andy Awford took caretaker charge for a second time to lead a late surge up the table to secure the job permanently. Pompey finished with 59 points from 46 games.
Andy Awford took caretaker charge for the first time when Guy Whittingham was sacked by the club, and could have been given the job then. Richie Barker was the man chosen, but he didn’t last long, before Awford took caretaker charge again. Pompey ended the season with a seven game unbeaten run to see their former Youth Team Manager had the first-team job on a permanent basis.
THE KEY MEN
Paul Jones has signed a three-year deal with the club following his release by League 1 Crawley Town. The goalkeeper played every game for the Red Devils during his two years at the Checkatrade.com and received high praise for his performances.
Danny Hollands is another to have joined this summer, agreeing a two-year deal having spent time on loan at Fratton Park last season. He made seven appearances, scoring five goals during his successful loan stint.
Jed Wallace signed a new three-year contract having finished as the club’s top goalscorer last season. The 20-year-old was out of contract, but signed a new deal with the club. He has represented England’s under-19 side.
WHAT’S HAPPENED THIS SUMMER
Jed Wallace has signed a new three-year deal, while so has left-back Nicky Shorey. They have signed Paul Jones and Danny Hollands.
Jake Jervis, George Branford, Ashley Harris, Yassin Moutaouakil, Marcos Painter, Therry Racon, Phil Smith, Liam Triggs and Josh Warren have all left the club.
Southend United’s record against Pompey isn’t the best, but it went well last season, with Blues winning both games 2-1, after coming from behind in both.
Overall, Blues have won eight, drawn eight and lost 15 of the previous meetings.