Portsmouth: Darren Anderton praises boss Guy Whitingham

Portsmouth caretaker boss Guy Whittingham

Ex-Portsmouth midfielder Darren Anderton has praised former team-mate Guy Whittingham and his coaching staff for their current work at the club.

As caretaker manager, Whittingham has steered Pompey on a run of just two defeats in their last nine games.

And Anderton told Late Kick Off South that the former Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday forward deserves credit for the job he has done.

"Guy just gets on with it, he's been great," Anderton said.

"He doesn't complain but he probably should - most managers would be bleating on about having no money saying 'I can't do this, I can't do that'.

"It's tough for them. In the last few years they've had FA Cup finals, the Premier League, many wonderful players down there and now they're struggling to get players on contracts."

Anderton, who made 77 appearances for Pompey in three seasons at the club, also reserved praise for assistant Andy Awford and goalkeeping coach Alan Knight - the duo also having appeared at Fratton Park alongside the former England international.

"It's good that they've got the lads there - Guy, Awfs, Knightsy," Anderton said.

"They are people who know the club inside out and know what it means to the fans and they'll do all they can.

"They all played together in the team that I played in so it makes them stronger as a unit.

"I know what they're like and they're great characters.

"Awfs is a good lad and a good coach, Guy is a legend down there and to get Knightsy back involved was good too."

Anderton adds his voice to that of former Portsmouth winger Vince Hilaire, who backed Whittingham to secure the manager's role at Fratton Park on a full-time basis last week.

Late Kick Off South was granted exclusive behind the scenes access to the Portsmouth dressing room for their 2-0 win over Coventry on Saturday, and the programme is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer here until Monday, 1 April 2013.