Portsmouth have been refused permission to speak with Rangers manager Alex McLeish over the vacant manager’s post at Fratton Park.

“We can confirm that we have received an approach by Portsmouth Football Club asking for permission to hold talks with our manager Alex McLeish. Permission was not granted,” Rangers said on Tuesday.

Portsmouth are looking for Alain Perrin who was sacked last week after a disappointing start to the season.

Portsmouth also want to speak to Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock, who has led his side to second place in the first division.

McLeish is under pressure at Rangers with the club enduring their worst ever run without a win in their last eight matches. Chairman David Murray has given McLeish until early December to turn around the situation.

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