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‘Would be a huge gamble’ – Portsmouth hold talks with 39-year-old over managerial role: The verdict

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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…

Portsmouth have held talks with the club’s former midfielder Matt Taylor about the vacant managerial role at Fratton Park, according to a report from The Portsmouth News.

Taylor 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 during that time.

The 39-year-old is currently in charge of Tottenham’s Under 23s side, but has reportedly held talks with Portsmouth about taking over from Kenny Jackett, who was sacked on Sunday, in the Fratton Park dugout.

It is thought that Taylor would be keen on the role with Pompey, who are currently seventh in the League One table, ten points adrift of the automatic promotion places.

So would Taylor be a good appointment for Portsmouth?

We put that question to some of our Football League World writers, and here, is a look at what they had to say.

Phil Spencer

This would be a huge gamble.

Matt Taylor is undoubtedly a fans’ favourite at Fratton Park but what Portsmouth need is someone to come in and grab the bull by the horns.
There’s plenty of work to be done with Pompey and so they need someone who has been there and done it – something that Taylor lacks. 
I wouldn’t rule out Taylor coming in as part of the coaching team but I’m unsure whether he’s ready for a job of this size.

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This would be an appointment that might make sense given that Portsmouth seem to be wanting a manager to just come in and steady the ship until the end of the campaign.

Taylor is a very well respected figure amongst supporters from his playing days and that would mean that he would be well backed.  

However, Taylor has no experience of guiding a club through a promotion battle and it, therefore, might be a major risk to throw someone with that level of experience into a club who can still challenge for promotion this term.  

Taylor though will arrive with fresh ideas and maybe could try and fix the style of play a little bit which had been an issue for supporters under Jackett.

That would have to be what his aim would be or they might as well opt for a more experienced candidate who knows how to play in the same fashion as Jackett did.  

It is a gamble however you look at it, but we have seen in the past that sometimes former players can take over and perform well in a managerial role at a football club where they are well-liked and respected.  


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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