Pompey face recruitment poser

Gary Waddock. Picture: Joe Pepler
Gary Waddock. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Wait for new boss means assembling targets is on hold
  • Free agents will have to wait to see if they are wanted by Blues
  • Awford’s successor needs final say on signings

GARY WADDOCK believes Pompey face a recruitment conundrum as their managerial hunt continues.

The Blues caretaker boss explained the club are having to shelve plans to bring players in while the board hunt for Andy Awford’s successor.

It go backs to the board making a decision on the manager

Gary Waddock

And the wait for a new figure at the helm means there is uncertainty for the 11 men at Fratton Park who are out of contract this summer.

Pompey have put a head of recruitment in place in Andy Melville, who is busily going about assembling details on available options.

But Waddock feels there is little the club can definitively do until a new manager is in place.

That’s an issue for the board to unravel with rivals already laying the foundations to bring in targets.

Waddock said: ‘Recruitment is very important. Moving forward it’ll be key.

‘That’s been ongoing with Andy Melville coming in as head of recruitment. That’s been a big plus.

‘But it goes back to the board making a decision on the manager.

‘The new manager coming in will want to bring his own players in.

‘Andy’s out there working.

‘Since he’s been here I don’t think there’s been enough hours in the day.

‘Reports and profiles which need to be put together have been put together.

‘The database of players is here. Whoever comes in will tap into that.

‘But the new manager will have his own database and players he would like to bring to this club.

‘That’s something they (the board) have to discuss and decide what to do.

‘It’s for a manager to decide (who they sign).

‘If the club bring in a new player and the new manager doesn’t like him when they get in the door, it’s difficult.

‘It will take part of the budget up which has been put in place for next season.

‘So it goes back to the decision for a board.

‘They need to make a decision in the short term over players coming in.’

Waddock’s hoping the current players are able to show patience and see what lies ahead in terms of bringing in a new boss.

Ryan Taylor is attracting interest from Oxford and Waddock knows the players will want to put any uncertainty to bed.

He said: ‘The lads who are out of contract will want to know where their futures are.

‘They will want to know if their futures are here or not. That will be addressed at the end of the season.

‘It’s unsettling for the out-of-contract players.

‘That’s something they have to live with.

‘But that’s no different to any professional footballer who’s out of contract.’

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