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Pompey begin new manager search

Former Portsmouth manager Tony Adams
A host of names have been mentioned as possible replacements for Adams

Portsmouth have begun the search for a new manager following the sacking of Tony Adams - but an appointment is unlikely to be made before Saturday.

Several names are thought to be in the running, including Sven Goran Eriksson, Avram Grant and Alan Curbishley.

Other people in the frame include Terry Venables, Slaven Bilic, Roy Keane, Glenn Hoddle and Graeme Souness.

Paul Hart has been placed in charge of first-team affairs at Pompey, who host Manchester City on Saturday.

Adams, 42, left the club after winning just two of 16 Premier League games since taking over on 28 October.

The club are only one point above the relegation zone and were dumped out of the FA Cup last month, losing to Championship side Swansea City.

With the club facing an uncertain future on and off the pitch, securing a new manager may be harder than Portsmouth think.

Avram Grant
Avram Grant - 6/4
Sven Goran Eriksson - 9/4
Alan Curbishley - 11/4
Slaven Bilic - 5/1
Terry Venables - 16/1
Odds supplied by William Hill and correct on 10 February
The south-coast club is currently up for sale, which means plans for a new stadium and training complex have been put on hold.

They were also forced to sell key players in January, losing striker Jermain Defoe and midfielder Lassana Diarra.

Of the leading candidates for the post, Grant has close links with owner Alexandre Gaydamak, having previously served at the club as a director of football.

He is currently out of job after leaving Chelsea at the end of last season following the defeat to Manchester United in the final of the Champions League.

Eriksson, the former England coach, is currently coach of Mexico's national team but is facing an uncertain future if they fail to beat USA in a vital World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.

However, the Swede's wage demands may prove a sticking point, especially as Gaydamak is looking to sell the club.

Curbishley is out of work having quit as West Ham manager in 2008, but a legal dispute about the compensation he believes he is owed from the Hammers could affect his chances.

Possible other choices include Bristol City manager Gary Johnson and fellow Championship boss Roberto Martinez of Swansea, who are both highly rated.

The hierarchy at Portsmouth have closed ranks since announcing the departure of Adams.

The club cancelled their usual Tuesday press conference and say they will not make any further comment until they are ready to announce a new manager.

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see also
Adams 'surprised' at Pompey axe
09 Feb 09 |  Portsmouth
Portsmouth confirm Adams sacking
09 Feb 09 |  Portsmouth
Can Adams prove Pompey wrong?
10 Feb 09 |  Portsmouth
Alan Hansen's column
09 Feb 09 |  Football
Portsmouth 2-3 Liverpool
07 Feb 09 |  Premier League
Beleaguered Adams vows to fight
31 Jan 09 |  Portsmouth
Adams named new Portsmouth boss
28 Oct 08 |  Portsmouth
Adams named Portsmouth assistant
28 Jun 06 |  Portsmouth
Gaydamak ready to sell Portsmouth
07 Dec 08 |  Portsmouth
Storrie dismisses stadium doubts
19 Nov 08 |  Portsmouth

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