Guy Whittingham has pledged Pompey will remain competitive for their final two matches of the season, despite seeing relegation confirmed.
Oldham’s 1-0 win over Yeovil last night was enough to condemn the Blues to League Two football next season.
That is even before the scheduled 10-point deduction, which continues to hover over the club.
Although relegation has long been anticipated, it still represents a sobering thought after the highs of last week’s success for the Pompey Supporters’ Trust.
Whittingham must now pick up his players for the last two games of the League One campaign – Saturday’s home match with Sheffield United and the trip to Shrewsbury on April 27.
Just three years ago Pompey were in the FA Cup semi-finals as a Premier League team.
Now they have tumbled into the bottom division of the Football League. But manager-elect Whittingham will keep his team going.
He said: ‘We knew it was coming one way or another.
‘With two games to go we want to win them. I still think it’s all about keeping the momentum up for next season.
‘We’ve got some decisions to make on what we do picking the side.
‘But we want to remain positive and competitive and win two games because you can then take that into next season.
‘Once you see your name in red (indicating relegation) that’s disappointing, but we have known this was coming for a while and, ultimately, we have got used to that.’
Meanwhile, Whittingham remains in the dark over when the deduction of those 10 points will be made.
He added: ‘I don’t know any further down the road about that. That is for other people to sort out.’