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Mousinho: Recruitment Plans In Full Swing

Boss discusses Wycombe test and summer workload

6 May 2023

John Mousinho
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

You might be starting to think about jetting off on a sunshine holiday or perhaps excitement is brewing over the forthcoming Ashes series.

The end of a football season is the perfect time to start planning how you are going to spend those lazy summer months.

But despite the fixtures about to finish, the work does not really stop for John Mousinho or his colleagues at Fratton Park.

After Sunday’s final match against Wycombe, there will undoubtedly be departures, while others will be brought in to strengthen the squad.

So there is plenty of keep Mousinho busy before the squad return from their break and he is enjoying the chance to discuss that with director Eric Eisner, who has flown over from America.

The Blues boss said: “It’s really good for him to come down to the training ground and get a feel of everything that’s going on.

“We want to tick off everything that’s going on over the summer – not just in terms of player recruitment, but also infrastructure improvements.

“It’s important for him to see the progress that’s being made and it’s great to have that relationship with the owners.

“We’re heading into an incredibly period, although things have been ramping up over the past few weeks.

"We want to tick off everything that’s going on over the summer – not just in terms of player recruitment, but also infrastructure improvements."

John Mousinho

“Once we knew that we weren’t going to be in the play-offs, then the focus could shift more to recruitment.

“Of course it’s important to keep putting in performances and getting results, but there’s also an opportunity to breathe and look ahead to next season.

“Between myself, Rich Hughes and Phil Boardman we’re ticking everything off – although thankfully I’m not the one speaking to agents! That’s the bonus of having a sporting director.

“And Phil has done a brilliant job of identifying targets so we can get the longlist down to a shortlist and I can get out and watch players in a focused way.”

Despite there being little at stake against Matt Bloomfield’s Chairboys, Mousinho is keen to finish above them in the League One standings.

He said: “We are playing for that one spot and we know some people might say there’s not much difference between eighth and ninth.

“It’s really important for us, though, and so that’s certainly what we’ll be striving for against Wycombe on Sunday.

“Matt has done a good job in difficult circumstances, following on from someone who’s been there for 10 years.

“He’ll be trying to put his own mark on things and he’s a fantastic young manager. I see a promising career for him.”

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