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Burnley X-Files: Pompey Target Cotterill?

Steve Cotterill is certainly in demand after steering Notts County to promotion as Champions of League 2 this season.

He turned down the chance to become manager at Coventry in midweek prefering instead to accept an increased offer from County or so it was thought.

Media reports today suggest another Championship club could be seeking to tempt Cotterill away from Meadow Lane.

According to the Mirror our former gaffer is Portsmouth`s top target to replace Avram Grant as their manager. Grant resigned from the debt-ridden,relegated club last week.

Cotterill does not yet appear to have signed a new contract at County and it is thought that financially stricken Portsmouth have targeted him because they wont have to splash out for compensation once he is out of contract. Gus Poyet at Brighton was understood to also be of interest but it looks like he is about to sign a new four-year contract with the Seagulls.Promoting first-team coach Paul Groves was another option that Pompey were assessing but it looks like they would prefer someone with more experience.

It has been an amazing year for Cotterill who effectively was in the football wilderness for two years afetr leaving Burnley by mutual consent in November 2007.

Taking over the reins at County in February 2010 was his first managerial role since leaving the Clarets and clearly his success at Meadow Lane has attracted a number of suitors from higher divisions.

Speaking about Pompey's interest, Cotterill said:

"It is ­flattering to be linked with other jobs but I`m level headed."

If the speculation is true, Clarets fans could yet see Cotterill return to Turf Moor next season afterall.




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 23 2010

Time: 7:22AM

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I wonder if he knew of the Pompey interest before turning down Coventry?
turfmanphil
I think we can take Cotterill's 'level headed' comment to mean three things. 1. Steve has been working on moderating his language after reading Floodo's book, where it does come across as a bit coarse. 2. It can nevertheless be loosely translated as 'no ****ing way am I going to that ****ing crazy organisational mess. Great place. Fantastic fans. But totally ****ing chaotic organisation today and for many a ****ing day. I hope they get well soon and send my best wishes. 3. County will be in the Championship a year from now. Pompey won't... and I am not talking Premier League. Football League? Maybe.
Couch Potato
NOTW have run with the story though that former Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate will be offered a return to management by Portsmouth.
turfmanphil
Hmmm a man who was very mouthy and criticised our club to join the list of Groves, Jamo, Southgate, Eddie Howe, Curbs, Dowie, Coppel, Martinez, Pardew , Dave Jones and a few others; get my point. Not to mention that the new chief exec will select and he doesn't start for a fortnight.
russellm
Did I mention ex Pompey player and Aldershot manager Kevin Dillon, or the Hammers old Boss
russellm
Is that the chief exec, russellm, about whom the representative of the anonymous potential new owner said the anonymous potential new owner might not want to keep as chief exec? Or the old chief exec who has resigned but is still being paid to advise the administrator as if he were still chief exec? For that matter, has there been any word yet on when the CVA is going to be complete and, thereby, the administration finished? Sounds to me like there's a bunfight going on over the administrator's initial proposal, with the tax, the current owner, at least one previous owner, the potential new owner (or owners) and the general run-of-the mill creditors in a drag-out fight that's making lots of lawyers wealthy. You might need to be ready for a long summer of sunny Andy Administrator's upbeat press conferences. Hope all ends well for you loud and loyal fans.
Couch Potato
I rather liked Cott's. His touchline antics and language masked a fair sort of a brain. He was a learner back then and to me he set the team on the right road. Good on him if he gets the job - he seems at home when it comes to working with the bare bones of a team.
AndyHo
 

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