Hermann Hreiðarsson still wants to manage Portsmouth

footballIcelandic legend Hermann Hreidarsson has said he still wants to manage English side Portsmouth after recently failing in his bid to become boss. The ex-Pompey defender applied for the vacant role at Fratton Park in a joint bid with another former Portsmouth star, goalkeeper David James.

The pair were due to have an interview this week, but the board contacted him to say not to fly from Iceland as they were exploring other avenues.

Hermann Hreiðarsson said he accepts the decision and understands why the club wants to look for someone with more experience. Portsmouth’s seven-man board has now come to an agreement over who the next manager will be after interviewing a number of candidates and are expected to make an announcement in the next day or two.

The former Iceland international said, however, that he is positive about his future job prospects. He explained that everyone has to start their management career somewhere and, for him, he felt joining Portsmouth with James would have been perfect, adding that he would have loved to go back to the club.

He went on to say that he and James were recently at Icelandic club IBV as manager and assistant manager respectively and things went really well. He said they wanted to continue working together at a higher level, but it wasn’t to be.

Hreidarsson said Portsmouth rang him up and were honest with him, so he accepts that. He revealed, however, that he still harbours hope of returning there one day, pointing out that when he left he said he would love to return and maybe that can happen one day.