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Why this Ex-Manchester City striker should get the Portsmouth manager’s job

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There have been many names linked to the current vacancy at Portsmouth after the sacking of Andy Awford in April, but Lee Bradbury could be the man to succeed at Fratton Park.

Bradbury during his time at AFC Bournemouth

Bradbury during his time at AFC Bournemouth

As a manager, Bradbury is most well known for managing fellow South Coast club AFC Bournemouth between January 2011 and March 2012, after the departure of Eddie Howe to Burnley.

In that time he led the Cherries to the League One play-offs, where they lost to Huddersfield on penalties in the semi-finals.

He also made a number of quality signings, including Steve Cook from Brighton for 150k and Simon Francis on a free transfer who under Howe’s return helped the Cherries secure promotion to the Premier League. They are now both worth millions.

Bradders also plucked out Wes Fogden from non-league, who now plays for Portsmouth and Wes Thomas, who Pompey fans will remember for his prolific loan spell from the Cherries in 2012.

As a former player, Bradbury started his career at Fratton Park in 1995 and played 153 games over two spells (1995-97 & 1999-04) scoring 43 goals.

For a short period he was the youth coach at Pompey in 2012 following his resignation as Bournemouth boss before being offered a managerial job at Conference South side Havant & Waterlooville.

Bradbury has previously been linked to the Portsmouth job when Michael Appleton left for Blackpool but the South Coast club opted for Guy Whittingham instead.

And he only left the Bournemouth job due to a falling out with controversial chairman at the time Eddie Mitchell, and is still held in high regard by Cherries fans; especially for his signings.

This season he has led Havant to the Conference South play-offs but it would be a perfect fit for Bradbury to return to the club he loves so he can deservedly manage in the Football League again.


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