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Former Newcastle United striker applies for Portsmouth manager’s job

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Former Ipswich Town and Crystal Palace striker Shefki Kuqi has applied for the vacant Portsmouth job, according to Sky Sports.

Kuqi has applied for the job at Pompey

Kuqi has applied for the job at Pompey

Portsmouth sacked Andy Awford on Monday, with former Wycombe and Oxford manager Gary Waddock taking over as caretaker manager.

Kuqi came to England in 2001 with Stockport County and went on to play for the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich Town, Blackburn Rovers, Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and more recently Oldham Athletic to name a few.

He scored over 100 goals and earned 52 caps for Finland and has expressed his desire to become a manager in the past.

“I think in the last five years or so I knew that I wanted to go into management and it is something that I am actively pursuing,” Kuqi told Sky Sports in 2013.

“I have been going out watching games and trying to learn as many things as I can.

“Where I will start, I don’t know, but I definitely want to manage in England.

“I could go to Finland and start there, but working in England is my goal and I am waiting to see what opportunities come along.”

The former Finnish international retired from football two years ago and is known for his trademark goal celebration of bellyflopping, which earned him the nickname ‘The Flying Finn’.

The 38-year-old has also been linked to the current Oldham Athletic job where he last played in England.

Harry Redknapp and Phil Brown are just two of the names also being linked to the Pompey job.


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