Cotterill to Return to Turf Moor....with Pompey!
Portsmouth have appointed former Clarets manager, Steve Cotterill as the club's new gaffer.
The 45-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the financially stricken club.
Pompey went into administration last season and finished bottom of the Premier League table being relegated to the Championship along with Hull and Burnley.
They are in the process of selling a number of key players to make ends meet and Cotterill will face a huge rebuilding programme during the remainder of the transfer window. This is not unlike the situation he faced when he arrived at Burnley following the departure of Stan Ternent and the release of a number of players.
Cotterill had recent success as manager at Notts County steering the club to League One as Champions. A number of clubs took note including Coventry but Cotterill rejected their approach and then resigned from County despite a new offer from the Meadow Lane outfit being on the table. It was widely rumoured at the time that Cotterill was favourite to replace Avram Grant at Fratton Park but Portsmouth administrator,Andrew Andronikou cooled the speculation
Pompey chief executive David Lampitt talking about the club's new manager said:
'Steve is the perfect fit for the rebuilding job we want to do here.
'He's talented, ambitious, energetic and positive, with a very good footballing CV, coming here on the back of a great achievement at Notts County.
'We've got lots of challenges ahead and like the rest of us here at the club Steve is ready to tackle them head on to bring stability and long-term success to Pompey.'
The clashes between Pompey and Burnley next season will now have an added flavour but we will have to wait until virtually the end of the season until we see Steve back at Turf Moor! We don't play Portsmouth at home until our third last game which will be played on Monday 25th April 2011.
For those keen on a long trip down to the South Coast, you will be able to see the two teams in action at Fratton Park on Saturday 4th December in the build up to Christmas.
Well done Steve and welcome back to the Championship where you rightly belong!