Barker: I won’t rant and rave on touchline

Mark Catlin, right, and Richie Barker, second left. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133396-197)

Mark Catlin, right, and Richie Barker, second left. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133396-197)

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Pompey’s new boss won’t be sitting down on the job.

But Richie Barker has warned fans not to expect him to rant and rave on the touchline.

The ex-Crawley manager will take charge of his first Blues fixture against Newport County on Saturday.

The occasion is sure to attract another excellent Fratton Park attendance to salute the new regime which is now under way.

According to Barker, his style dictates there will be no sitting from him in the home dug out during game proceedings.

Instead, he prefers to spend the whole time on his feet surveying the match action.

Although, he has insisted there will be no jumping up and down on the sidelines from this Pompey manager.

Barker said: ‘I don’t think I have sat in any of the chairs I have managed in ever in 90 minutes – but I am not a ranter and a raver, either.

‘When sitting down you often don’t see the best picture of the game. And shouting all the time does lose its impact.

‘How much are you concentrating on the game if that is going on?

‘For me, the most important thing is to concentrate on the game.’

Barker’s Fratton Park arrival has reunited him with chief executive Mark Catlin.

Catlin was a member of the Bury board who selected Barker for his first managerial job back in April 2011.

Initially as a caretaker to replace Scunthorpe-bound Alan Knill, the former striker had stepped up from the youth team to fill the role.

Such was his impact, he was given it permanently, before leaving for Crawley in August 2012.

That link ensured Barker was strongly fancied for the Pompey job from the very beginning and he ultimately made the seven-man short-list.

And the 38-year-old has fond memories of his time with Catlin at Gigg Lane.

He added: ‘Mark was a director at Bury when I was manager there.

‘But the board worked in a different way, none of them were full-time, so I didn’t have a great deal to do with him.

‘But I think he appreciated the work that we did as a group – a very tight-knit group and a very small club, without being disrespectful.

‘Everybody mucked in and got on with it so again it was a good grounding.’