This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Neil Harris has emerged as a contender for the Portsmouth job, according to The Sun.
Pompey are looking for a new boss after taking the decision to sack Kenny Jackett from his position following Saturday’s Papa John’s Trophy final defeat against Salford City.
Harris is without a job after leaving Cardiff City earlier this season, but would he be a good appointment at Fratton Park?
Here’s what the team at FLW had to say…
This would be an appointment that would make a lot of sense considering that Harris has previous experience of getting a side promoted from League One via the play-offs during his time in charge at Millwall. That experience might prove crucial for the club this term if they reach the top six.
Harris also plays in a direct style a little similar to what Jackett was doing with the current group of players. At this stage in the campaign, it would be difficult for a new manager to come into the club and immediately get results whilst also making dramatic shifts in terms of the style of play.
The former Millwall manager does encourage his players to play in the final third when they can and it is not all route one stuff. That means that the style maybe slightly improved on the eye to what we have seen under Jackett, and that is what Portsmouth’s fans have been calling for really for the last year or so at least.
With Harris, it would be evolution and not revolution at Portsmouth. That might well be the best approach to take at the moment in the midst of a promotion battle in League One and with games running out to get back into the top-six.
He’s definitely the type of name that I would’ve imagined being linked with the role but I would like to think that he would want a Championship job right now.
There’s no doubting that he’d be a superb appointment for Pompey but I just don’t think he’d be interested.
He did well at Cardiff during his first season there and I think he’d more than proved himself in the second tier, therefore I think League One is too big a step down.
Stranger things have happened bnut I just don’t see this one being a goer.
I think this could be a shrewd appointment by Pompey.
Harris doesn’t have a considerable amount of managerial experience under his belt, but he’ll be eager to make a name for himself in the near future.
He’ll have a point to prove after a disappointing time in charge of Cardiff City, and I think a move to Portsmouth could present him with the ideal opportunity to do just that.
I’m not sure he’ll be their first choice option though, as you would imagine that someone like Daniel Stendel would be better-suited to the vacancy, with the former Barnsley boss earning promotion from League One with the Tykes not so long ago.
Harris would be a solid option for the promotion-chasing League One side though, and they could do far worse than having him in charge.