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Portsmouth Barking Up The Right Tree

A few days have passed since the sacking of Richie Barker at Crawley Town and he is now the odds-on favourite to take over at Portsmouth Football Club.

Following constant backing from punters Sky Bet have slashed Barker’s odds for him to take over after Portsmouth dismissed  Guy Whittingham.

Barker’s former club, Crawley Town, were sitting 12th in the league table just sixth points adrift from the relegation zone in League Two at the time of Barker’s sacking. Now, Barker may face a new challenge at Pompey, whose top scorer is former Ireland international David Connolly.

Portsmouth currently sit 17th in the league table level on points with Mansfield Town in 18th. Just five years ago Portsmouth drew with AC Milan in the then UEFA Cup, now called the ‘UEFA Europa League.’

Barker’s sacking came after the news of him being heavily linked with the job at Fratton Park, a move which makes it easier for Portsmouth to approach Barker, who also oversaw a seven match winless run prior to his dismissal.

Sky Bet Football Trader Chris Spicer said: “It was somewhat of a surprise to see Barker backed into favourite for the Portsmouth vacancy given he was already in a job and certainly less of one to see him part company with his previous employers.

“Whether that money came on the back of suggestions that his position was under threat or genuine links with Pompey remains to be seen, but the one-sided backing has forced us to keep our price short, with Barker attracting over half of the money in our book.”

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