Sheffield United have given Portsmouth permission to approach Blades’ manager Neil Warnock with a view to him succeeding Alain Perrin as the next Pompey boss.

Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric told BBC Sport: “We are in the process of setting up a meeting, but there is a long way to go. We are not there yet.

“I’d also still like to talk to two or three other candidates as well.

“If we can do a deal, we would still need to go back to Sheffield United about their compensation, but it is a breakthrough for us in terms of setting up a proper interview with regard to appointing a new manager.”

Sheffield United said the decision to let Warnock discuss a move to Portsmouth was taken “after long and careful consideration.”

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