Brett Pitman has been relieved of his role as Portsmouth club captain, as reported by The News Portsmouth.
Kenny Jackett has appointed Tom Naylor as the new skipper as part of his leadership shake-up, with Gareth Evans being replaced by Lee Brown as vice-captain.
It turns out Pitman, alongside Evans, was informed of this latest blow the day before the EFL Trophy win over Crawley Town, a game in which the stalwart scored the winner, before opening up about his frustrations at a lack of game time after the match to the club’s official channels.
Pitman had been Portsmouth captain ever since joining the club from Ipswich Town two years ago and had fulfilled the role ever since, up until now.
He was also a key figure in his first season, scoring 25 goals and assisting twice in 41 games across all competitions for Pompey, as per Transfermarkt.
The Jersey native then followed that up with 42 appearances across all competitions last campaign, in which he scored 13 goals and provided five assists for his teammates.
However, he only managed 71 minutes of Pompey’s opening seven matches of the season, coming off the bench four times and being left on it thrice – though even one of those substitute appearances only lasted one solitary minute.
Even in the game where he scored the only goal of the match, Pitman was only afforded 45 minutes on the pitch by his manager.
Pitman will likely feel very hard done by about his treatment and it would be hard to blame him if he did, considering how effective he has been during his time at Fratton Park.
It will be interesting to see whether he is used more often following his winner, but this latest blow for Pitman makes that seem unlikely.
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