Lawrence wants quick appointment

Pompey skipper calls on team-mates to stay focused on their jobs

Liam Lawrence: Portsmouth captain wants to see a new manager appointed quickly

Liam Lawrence has urged the Portsmouth board to appoint a new manager sooner rather than later.

The Pompey skipper was part of the team that earned a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park on Tuesday night, which was their fifth game in 20 days since former manager Steve Cotterill left the club.

Speculation has been rife about who will be given the job with the list of potential managers growing longer each day.

Mark Robins, Chris Coleman, Kit Symons, Sean O'Driscoll, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have all been linked with the post.

Rumours

And while the speculation shows no sign of abating, Pompey's caretaker duo, Guy Whittingham and Stuart Gray, continue to steady the ship.

However, with stability the key to any successful football club, Republic of Ireland international Lawrence believes it is time the rumours were quashed with a permanent managerial appointment.

"We're hoping it gets sorted. There are a lot of rumours flying around," Lawrence told The News.

"Maybe there might be an appointment this week, but you never know. If the new man comes in he'll get us going.

Jobs

"To be fair, Stuart and Guy have done a fantastic job. We've been good under them. There's loads of names flying around."

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the direction of the club, players get paid to play football, and Lawrence has challenged his team-mates to stay focused during this difficult period.

"We have to get on with it and get on with our jobs. But it's time for it to happen now, really. It's been more than a couple of weeks," he added.

"Maybe it can get sorted this week or next week, so when we come back after the international break we have a new gaffer."