Portsmouth manager Alain Perrin has been given a reprieve after the players pleaded with chairman Milan Mandaric not to sack him.

Mandaric was ready to sack Perrin after Pompey’s 3-0 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday.

But several players told Mandaric that Perrin retained the support of the players who has now been given at least until after Saturday’s clash with champions Chelsea.

“I do not want to comment on the content of the meeting, that stays within the room,” Mandaric told the Daily Mirror.

“The players are a good bunch of guys who care about Portsmouth.

“I believe we have enough quality to keep us in the Premiership and we have to keep faith with Alain. We’ve got to find a way of getting us out of this hole.

“As far as changes go, there will not be any for the foreseeable future. Alain will be in charge for the Chelsea game.”

Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock has been linked with the post should Perrin be axed.

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