“Managed transition” – Portsmouth Intensifies Pursuit for the Replacement Head of Recruitment…

Portsmouth’s sporting director, Rich Hughes, has revealed that the club is in the final stages of securing a replacement for Phil Boardman, who is set to leave his position as head of recruitment at Fratton Park to join Everton as their senior European scout.

Hughes emphasized that despite Boardman’s departure, the head of recruitment role will persist within the current structure of the club.

While acknowledging Boardman’s significant contributions during his six-and-a-half-year tenure, Hughes expressed confidence in finding a suitable replacement. He mentioned that several promising candidates have applied for the role, and the recruitment process is making good progress.

Hughes assured that the club is committed to maintaining and enhancing each department’s quality, whether it be coaching, sports science, medical, or recruitment.

Hughes highlighted the ongoing efforts behind the scenes, stating that the club is actively working to bring in an individual who will contribute to the football club’s progression.

Despite acknowledging the challenge of filling Boardman’s “big shoes,” Hughes is optimistic about finding the right person to drive the club forward.

Phil Boardman, who previously served as the head of performance analysis at Wolves, joined Portsmouth in September 2017 at the request of then-manager Kenny Jackett.

Boardman and Jackett had previously collaborated during their time at Molineux, and Boardman’s impending move to Everton marks the next step in his career as the senior European scout for the Premier League club. In the interim, a “managed transition” is planned to ensure continuity in the head of recruitment role at Portsmouth.

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