Neil Harris has emerged as a top contender for the vacant Portsmouth managerial role, per the Portsmouth News.
Pompey are attempting to move swiftly in their search for a new boss following the departure of long-serving Kenny Jackett – a man who spent nearly four years at the helm at Fratton Park – earlier today.
And one person of significant interest seems to be Harris, who has only been on the free agents market for less than two months after losing his job at Championship side Cardiff City.
Harris oversaw five straight league defeats which resulted in him being replaced by the experienced Mick McCarthy, but the 43-year-old’s work to turn the Bluebirds around last season was nothing short of impressive.
Cardiff were 14th when Harris arrived in the Welsh capital in November 2019, but by the end of the season they were contesting the play-offs before falling to eventual promotion winners Fulham in the semi-finals.
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His League One record is pretty impressive, with two consecutive play-off finals with Millwall to his name – winning one of them – so he ticks the box of a manager who will be up to the task if Pompey do indeed finish in the top six.
Some Pompey fans aren’t impressed though with the news that he seems to be a top candidate for the job – check out some of their reactions on social media.
What’s the point of sacking Kenny to appoint a carbon copy 🤯
— Joe Michalczuk (@joemichalczuk) March 14, 2021
— Mick Catlin (@mickcatlin1) March 14, 2021
Oh, this is going to be some rollercoaster ride isn’t it?
— BritintheStates (@crossy68) March 14, 2021
HAhahhaa . We stupidly thought we could trust the club to find us a young manager who plays attractive football. What an absolute joke that would be. Replace Kenny, with Kenny’s under study! Shambles if true.
— Beano (@beano438) March 14, 2021
Harris & Cowley please no! We want a different brand of football not the same what we’ve just endured for last 4 years!
— Jamie Fox (@jamiefox83) March 14, 2021
No way. Harris will be same as Jackett. Not for me
— Sam Cleare (@SamOfAllFears) March 14, 2021
If anyone at the club is seeing this please please don’t do this. Listen to us
— Archiemcgreal (@archiemcgreal) March 14, 2021
That would be such an ‘I told you so’ appointment from MC and board
— j (@jaaob_) March 14, 2021
That appointment would show the owners' true promotion ambitions i.e. none.
— Nick Jacobs (@pfcnick61) March 14, 2021
Please no , show some ambition for crying out loud !!!!
— Peter Radford (@petestaxi) March 14, 2021