Shock Barker exit opens door for Pompey

Richie Barker has left Crawley Town
Richie Barker has left Crawley Town

Pompey have had the way paved for a move for Richie Barker after he was today sacked by Crawley.

The Blues target left the League One club following a morning of talks with the Reds hierarchy.

He leaves Crawley in 12th spot in the table and barely into a new two-year deal he signed in the summer.

For Pompey, though, it removes the obstacle of compensation should they wish to pursue the 38-year-old to replace Guy Whittingham as boss.