Decision due

Last updated : 17 December 2004 By Keith Allman
Gordon Strachan was originally very clear on his opinions of the Portsmouth job. As an ex-Southampton manager, he wouldn't be interested in moving to Fratton Park due to all the trouble and strife it would cause. Ever since he's seen Harry Redknapp go the opposite way however, there seems to have been a change in his opinion. He refused to rule the job out on Match of the Day, has been heard to talk about Portsmouth as a good club, and now has held talks with Milan Mandaric over the position.

Sky Sports and The Guardian reckon that everything has already been said and done - Strachan to Pompey is a no-go. Whether it be because of his links with the Scummers, disagreements over the role of Velimir and Joe, or perhaps staying in the media game is his preferred career path - whatever, they're telling all who will listen that it's Velimir Zajec who will be in charge at least until the end of the season.

Meanwhile, other media sources reckon that the Wee Scotsman is taking this weekend to mull over the offer, talk some more with Milan, and get back to the club with a concrete answer in time for Christmas. Rumours from inside the club suggest the players are more than happy with the way things are going and wouldn't welcome yet another change, but there can be no doubting that Strachan would certainly be a good choice (although personally, I'd still rather have Velimir).

No doubt we haven't heard the last of this one.