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Portsmouth hold talks with 39-year-old about key role

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Portsmouth have held talks with former midfielder Matt Taylor about a return to Fratton Park as the club’s new manager, a report from The Portsmouth News has revealed.

Pompey are currently searching for a new manager following the sacking of Kenny Jackett on Sunday, in the wake of their EFL Trophy defeat to Salford the day before.

Now it seems as though a potential new candidate to take over in the Fratton Park dugout has emerged.

According to this latest report, Taylor has held talks with Portsmouth about taking over as the club’s manager, with the 39-year-old said to be keen on a return to his former club.

Taylor previously made 203 appearances in all competitions for Portsmouth during a six-year spell with the club between 2002 and 2008, helping them win promotion to the Premier League in his first season at Fratton Park.

Currently, Taylor is manager of Tottenham’s Under 23s side, who sit fourth in the top-flight of English Under 23s football as things stand.

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The former midfielder has apparently previously turned down jobs in the Football League, including the managerial role with Northampton Town.

The Verdict

This could be a decent appointment for Portsmouth.

Taylor obviously already knows the club well from his time there as a player, and would be a popular appointment as a result of those links with the club.

That may give the 39-year-old more time to settle in at the club, perhaps reducing some of the pressure on him to hit the ground running at Fratton Park.

However, his experience at Under 23s level with Tottenham has shown signs of promise from Taylor from a managerial perspective, and the lift that his arrival could bring to Portsmouth means he might not need that time to settle.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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