Defender hoping for Barker impact
Joe Devera hopes Richie Barker’s arrival can provide Pompey with a lift.
The new manager took over on Monday and will lead the Blues for the first time against Newport this weekend.
He takes over a side who have not won since the start of November and taken just one point from their last three home matches.
But Devera believes a change at the top could be just what Pompey need to spark a revival.
“We have a new gaffer to impress and we were all worked very hard when he took his first session on Tuesday,” he says in the official matchday magazine for Saturday’s Fratton clash. “It’s still early days, but I’m sure the new team will have their own ideas that they’ll want to get across.
“We definitely need a lift from somewhere and quite often a new manager coming in can provide that – hopefully that will prove to be the case here.”
You can read the full interview with Devera – where he also reveals his sympathy for former boss Guy Whittingham – in Saturday’s programme.
Issue 13 is another packed edition with a double-sided pull-out poster, collectable player cards and the latest adventure for Nelson and Mary Rose in our comic strip.
Also in the perfect-bound 84-page publication, Johnny Ertl discusses his firsts, we take an in-depth look at Wycombe and there are exclusive columns from Richie Barker, Iain McInnes, Ertl and Alan Knight.
Plus augmented reality technology – courtesy of our friends at Blippar and Navigate Digital – will bring the programme to life.
This weekend’s matchday magazine is available to buy from programme sellers around Fratton Park and is great value at just £3.