* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).
Guy Whittingham (born 10 November 1964) is an English former professional footballer and was caretaker manager of Football League One side Portsmouth from November 2012 – April 2013. He became permanent full-time Portsmouth manager on 24 April 2013.
Born in Evesham, after leaving the British Army, he spent the majority of his career at Portsmouth where he scored 99 times in 173 league appearances, including Pompey's all-time scoring record of 42 league goals in the 1992–3 season (48 in all competitions) as the club missed out on automatic promotion to the Premier League on goals scored. He was known while at Fratton Park as "Corporal Punishment". Afterwards he played in the Premiership for Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday, proving to be very popular at the Owls. He later returned to Portsmouth in 1999, where his 7 goals in 9 matches helped the club avoid relegation to the third tier.
In the 2000–01 season, his last as a professional, he scored for three different clubs, notching for Peterborough (against Oldham Athletic), Oxford United (against Swindon Town) and Wycombe Wanderers (against Bristol City). He also featured in Wycombe's FA Cup semi final against Liverpool. This was the second time that Whittingham had been denied in an FA Cup semi final by the Merseyside team, having lost in a penalty shootout to Liverpool whilst at Portsmouth in 1992.
Management & coaching career[edit source | edit]
Whittingham later went on to become player-manager of Newport Isle of Wight, but left them in May 2005 when the club ran into financial difficulties. He returned to management at AFC Newbury but when that club suffered financial difficulties and the loss of their ground, Whittingham left in June 2006. In August 2006 he took up a coaching role at Eastleigh. In January 2009, he joined the Portsmouth first-team coaching staff as development coach.
Whittingham once again became caretaker manager of the south coast club following Michael Appleton leaving to take the vacant position at Blackpool, and stayed as caretaker until the club exited administration in April 2013, with his full-time appointing imminent.