Pompey backroom staff under Cook scrutiny

Leam Richardson Picture: James Williamson
Leam Richardson Picture: James Williamson
  • Richardson on way to join Cook at Fratton Park
  • Existing backroom will be assessed by new Pompey boss

NEW BOSS Paul Cook will be given free reign to explore further changes to the make-up of his Pompey backroom.

The Blues manager is already in the process of bringing his assistant Leam Richardson to Fratton Park.

As a club and board we will do all we can to fully support Paul in what he wants to do

Mark Catlin

A trusted associate from their days at Accrington Stanley together, Cook is keen to keep their successful partnership intact.

Richardson’s arrival, however, inevitably raises question marks over the ongoing presence of Gary Waddock and Paul Hardyman.

In addition, there is the possibility more of Cook’s Chesterfield staff could follow him to the south coast as he rebuilds Pompey.

Chief executive Mark Catlin insists the choice of his team off the field moving forward will rest with the new manager.

And talks on the futures of staff currently at the club and potential replacements will continue.

‘Talks are continuing over Leam Richardson and other members of Paul’s backroom staff that he might potentially want to bring with him,’ said Catlin.

‘As a club and board we will do all we can to fully support Paul in what he wants to do.

‘These are decisions for the manager to take and he will need to speak to all parties concerned.

‘There is plenty to sort out and I will be working closely with Paul to work our way through everything.’

At present, Waddock and Hardyman remain from the coaching staff put together by Cook’s predecessor, Andy Awford.

In addition, there is goalkeeping coach Scott Bevan and lead strength and conditioning coach Louis Langdown.

Meanwhile, Andy Melville was appointed as Pompey’s head of player recruitment in February with the aim of providing stability from above.

At the time, the Blues were keen to keep key coaching and recruitment roles intact, regardless of future changes in management.

It is perhaps the situations of Waddock and Hardyman which are the most intriguing following the arrival of the new manager.

Former caretaker boss and Awford’s assistant, Waddock, has impressed the club and moves have been made to keep him at Fratton Park.

But Cook will have the final say in the future of the likeable ex-Wycombe boss who still harbours of a desire for a return to management.

As for Hardyman, he was promoted from the Academy to the role of joint first-team coach in June 2014.