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Mousinho Reflects On First Year In Charge

Boss also looks ahead to Fleetwood test

19 January 2024

John Mousinho
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Fixture News

Mousinho Reflects On First Year In Charge

Boss also looks ahead to Fleetwood test

19 January 2024

Saturday will mark exactly one year since John Mousinho was appointed as Pompey's head coach.

It was a hectic start, with an unveiling, first training session, press conference and then win against Exeter all within the first 36 hours.

He has since led the club to the top of the League One standings, boosting hopes of a return to the Championship.

And although Pompey's form has slipped ahead of this weekend's trip to Fleetwood, Mousinho is still encouraged.

The Blues boss said: "It started off with a period of consolidation, while still going for the play-offs, but we ultimately fell a bit short.

"It's all been a bit of a whirlwind and we brought a lot of players in during the summer transfer window.

"If I'd been speaking a few weeks ago it would be a slightly different tone because we've faltered slightly.

"But one year ago, if you'd offered me the chance to be top of the table and fighting for promotion at this stage, I'd have bitten your hand off.

"I think that everyone would be exactly the same, so with a bit of perspective, it's been a really positive 12 months.

"One year ago, if you'd offered me the chance to be top of the table and fighting for promotion at this stage, I'd have bitten your hand off."

John Mousinho

"We didn't do the basics of football right against Leyton Orient last week and everyone's taken on board what we've said.

"Fleetwood have got a new man in charge and have got plenty of threats, despite their league position, so we expect a stern test."

The transfer window opened at the start of the month, with keeper Matt Macey the only arrival so far.

Mousinho said: "We're working very hard to make sure we come out of January stronger than we went into it.

"There's a huge amount that's different in this window, with the Asian Cup and AFCON having a ripple effect right down the leagues.

"Squads are depleted and with sides still in the FA Cup, they don't want to let players out at this time.

"That's not to say we're only targeting Premier League players, but it has a knock-on effect.

"So there are plenty of irons in the fire, although it's unlikely we'll have anyone new in before Saturday."

There could, however, be one face making a welcome return for Pompey at Highbury Stadium.

Mousinho said: "Connor Ogilvie has trained fully, so he's back and available for selection. We'll see whether Saturday is too soon for him."


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