Portsmouth: Guy Whittingham backs coach Alan McLoughlin

Portsmouth caretaker boss Guy Whittingham

Portsmouth manager Guy Whittingham says the appointment of Alan McLoughlin as their new first-team coach is the right choice for the club.

The 46-year-old former midfielder, who played for the club throughout the 1990s, has spent the last two years working in the club's academy.

"We felt Alan was the ideal candidate," Whittingham told BBC Radio Solent.

"We need people who understand the football club, so I am delighted he has made the step up to first-team coach."

McLoughlin, who played over 300 times for the club, will work alongside Whittingham and his assistant Steve Allen.

"First and foremost he [McLoughlin] is a good coach," said Whittingham.

"Secondly, Alan has a good history with the club and that is important to where we are now.

"When you are a manager you need someone alongside you can trust. He will give his point of view and that is important for me."