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Portsmouth caretaker manager Joe Gallen admits he does not know how long he will be in charge of the club for.

Gallen has stepped in as caretaker boss at Fratton Park, while Pompey search for a new permanent manager following the sacking of Kenny Jackett on Sunday.

The likes of Danny Cowley and Daniel Stendel have been linked with the role, although it now seems Gallen is unsure as to how long he will be in charge at Fratton Park, suggesting he at least, is unsure when an official appointment will be made.

Speaking about his position at the club after overseeing Portsmouth for their 1-0 defeat away at Peterborough United on Tuesday night, Gallen told The News: “At the moment, I am going to be here until told otherwise, but, personally, I hope I am here Thursday and Friday – and hope to take the game Saturday.

“But if I get the call, then I get the call. Normally when Kenny has gone, they’ve got rid of me as well!”

Indeed, it seems that whatever happens, Gallen has certainly enjoyed his time at Fratton Park, as he went on to add: “In our roles, these things happen and you just have to get on with it and be professional. It’s a privilege to be at this club, it always has been.

“It is one of the best clubs I have been at, it probably is the best club I have been at in some ways. I have really enjoyed it.

“If people above me say to take the team then I will take the team and do everything I can to get results and try my best, which is all you can do. Hopefully I will be there Saturday.”

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Following that defeat at Peterborough, Portsmouth are now tenth in the League One table, three points adrift of the play-off places ahead of their clash with Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon.
The Verdict
It will be interesting to see how this one plays out at Portsmouth.
You feel that if they are to have a chance of reaching the play-offs this season, they need to bring someone in quick to give them an opportunity to make an impact while there is still time in the season.
Judging by Gallen’s comments here however, it seems there is no guarantee that that will happen, as far as he is aware at least, given it has not been made clear to him how long he might be in charge for.
You feel therefore that the pressure may be building behind the scenes at Fratton Park, if they are to have a chance of achieving their likely aim of promotion this season.

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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