Date: 25th October 2011 at 5:01pm
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The News today has confirmed that another name has ‘thrown his hat into the ring’ to become the next manager at Fratton.

Mark McGhee is the man in question.

The difference today is that unlike previous names that they ‘understand’ are interested in the job they have some quotes from him to back this up.

His ‘representative’ has made it known to Pompey that he is ‘interested in the job’ here: ‘on Saturday I was not under any invite from Portsmouth. I have not had any direct communication with the club other than through my representative.

‘Although, as well as scouting, I also wanted to watch the game and see what it all looked like.’

He was apparently in the directors box at the weekend, although as he said above he was not ‘invited’ by the club, he was scouting for Scotland manager Craig Levein – his, McGhee not Levein, name is now in the hat though…

McGhee, with plenty of experience North and South of the border, has been out of work since leaving Aberdeen pushing on for a year ago but he thinks he has all the qualities that are needed to take the job at Fratton: ‘I have been out long enough now. I’m looking to go back in and Portsmouth certainly is something that really interests me.

‘I am a football coach, a tracksuit manager, who is used to working with tight budgets.

‘At Motherwell I got us into Europe on no budget. That is as good as a promotion in Scotland.

‘For me, everything about Portsmouth is right. And it is a level I know really well having achieved plenty at before.’

In all honesty McGhee is not really a name, despite his experience and a decent track record, that ‘excites me’ although I guess we could do a lot worse.

Do I think that McGhee will get the job though?

In all honesty I have no idea, what I can pretty safely say though it that he has as good a chance as any at this point in time!

A couple of names that will not be in the running though, again according to what The News ‘understands’, are Billy Davies and Steve McClaren as neither have applied.

So, what do we reckon guys, Mark McGhee for the Pompey job – would you like this?

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