Crawley Town have today terminated the contract of manager Richie Barker (Wednesday, November 27) amid speculation linking him to the vacant role at Portsmouth.
A statement on the club’s website read: “Crawley Town Football Club can confirm that it has terminated the contract of First Team manager Richie Barker with immediate effect.
“The club will make an announcement as soon as possible on who will look after team affairs in the interim period and we ask our supporters to have patience while the process of finding a new manager is undertaken.”
Barker is now the red-hot favourite to take over from Guy Whittingham at Fratton Park, with some bookies giving him odds as short as 1/5.
He is friends with Pompey CEO Mark Catlin, a former director while the pair were at Bury.
Barker, 38, led the club to tenth in their first season in League One last term and leaves Reds in 12th position in the table.
A former striker, Barker spent much of his career at Rotherham and Mansfield, scoring 123 goals in 477 games.
His exit leaves Crawley Town seeking their fifth manager in the last 20 months.