Richard Hughes appointed Sporting Director

Published: 29/09/2022

Richard Hughes has been appointed as Portsmouth’s Sporting Director, formally taking up the role in October. 

Hughes, 34, initially turned the Blues down in the Spring and opted to stay with Forest Green Rovers. However, a new and improved deal seems to have done the job and he will assume responsibility for recruitment and football operations, which includes medicine, sports science, nutrition, analysis and grounds. 

Pompey CEO Andy Cullen told the club website: 

“We’re delighted to have appointed Richard as the club’s sporting director.


“This role is crucial for our longer-term football strategy and provides an oversight for all our football operations, easing some of the day-to-day operational pressures on Danny and Nicky.”

Forest Green Rovers chariman, Dale Vince, is not impressed. He has accused Portsmouth of breaching EFL regulations and that it was the second time this had happened:

“However, this is the second time that Portsmouth have made an approach and the second time they have done so in breach of EFL regulations. We expected better. 


“The rules are clear, clubs must not approach staff or players of other clubs before having written consent. Portsmouth disregarded this rule again – they approached Rich before asking for permission let alone before getting it. This aspect of football needs to change.”