Former Bury boss Richie Barker sacked by Portsmouth

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RICHIE Barker - the former Bury boss - has been sacked as manager of Portsmouth, it has been reported.

The 2008 FA Cup winners are in freefall, in 22nd place in the League Two table following Tuesday night's 3-0 defeat at Rochdale.

With Pompey facing the real prospect of falling out of the Football League altogether, Barker, aged 38, has carried the can, with Andy Awford replacing him as caretaker manager for Saturday's trip to Newport. 

Barker took Bury to promotion from League Two in 2011 after being promoted from youth team boss following the sudden departure of Alan Knill two months before the end of the season.

He led the Shakers to a successful first season in the third tier before leaving just five days before the start of the 2012/13 season to take over at Crawley Town.

The Brighton-based manager was sacked by Crawley shortly before he was appointed as Guy Whittingham's replacement at Fratton Park in December, last year.

He was brought to the club by former Bury chief executive Mark Catlin, who is now CEO at Fratton Park.

Barker's record at Portsmouth was not great, guiding them to just four wins in his 20 matches in charge.

Tuesday night’s defeat at Spotland was their third in a row, leaving the pre-season promotion favourites just one place and two points above the relegation zone with seven games to play.

Portsmouth are due to visit Bury, who are currently 19th place, on the penultimate game of the season in what could easily become a relegation decider.  

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12:15pm Thu 27 Mar 14

shakencity says...

Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! shakencity
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2:09pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Eileenshakers says...

Mark Catlin is the reason why Pompey are in this mess not Barker,he should have never appointed Barker in the first place.We all know that Catlin's interest are off the field having his own business and probably taking his eye of the ball.

Both Catlin & Barker weren't big enough personalities to cope with the size of the task of running and managing this fallen giant of a club.
So i wonder where Barks will turn up next.

It is quite funny and ironic that our last home game of the season is against Pompey and he won't be in charge to send us down,hopefully we will wipe that silly cockney grin of The Hammer's fan Catlin face by beating Pompey.
Mark Catlin is the reason why Pompey are in this mess not Barker,he should have never appointed Barker in the first place.We all know that Catlin's interest are off the field having his own business and probably taking his eye of the ball. Both Catlin & Barker weren't big enough personalities to cope with the size of the task of running and managing this fallen giant of a club. So i wonder where Barks will turn up next. It is quite funny and ironic that our last home game of the season is against Pompey and he won't be in charge to send us down,hopefully we will wipe that silly cockney grin of The Hammer's fan Catlin face by beating Pompey. Eileenshakers
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4:27pm Thu 27 Mar 14

easylife44 says...

shakencity wrote:
Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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