Portsmouth have sacked manager Alain Perrin.

Chairman Milan Mandaric gave Perrin a stay of execution recently, but Saturday’s defeat at Liverpool appears to have been the final straw.

Chairman Milan Mandaric said: “This has not been an easy conclusion to reach.”

“Alain Perrin is a talented coach and a good, honest man who has worked extremely hard since his arrival in the summer. We are all extremely grateful to him for his dedication to the club.

“The view taken, however, is that recent performances and the general morale amongst the squad needed improvement.

“Following a period of thought and consultation with the board, the players, staff and supporters, I have made this decision for the future of Portsmouth football club.”

Perrin took charge in April and kept the club in the Premiership but they have recorded only two wins this season and lie just above the relegation zone.

Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock has linked with the position and there have even been suggestions that former manager Harry Redknapp will return to the club.

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