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Burnley X-Files: Cotterill in for Clarets Old Boy

Our former gaffer and new Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill looks set to make former Clarets centre-back and captain Steven Caldwell his first signing.

Caldwell started his professional career with Newcastle United in 1998 and following loan spells at Blackpool, Bradford (2 stints) and Leeds signed for local arch rivals Sunderland after being released in 2004.

It was Cotterill who first signed Caldwell for the Clarets back in January 2007. Our former gaffer paid Sunderland an initial 200,000 for his services (200,000 more paid later) with the defender penning a three-and-a-half year deal at Turf Moor.

The Scottish international though, now 29 was released this summer by Brian Laws.

With Steve Cotterill now back in the Championship with Portsmouth after being announced as their new manager last week, it is bound to raise speculation that the former Notts County gaffer could be in line to sign a number of his former Clarets players.Clarets fans will be watching his moves with interest although funds are likely to be limited at the financially-stricken club following administration last season.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 20 2010

Time: 8:52AM

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I cant see him coming in for our current players,probably wont have the funds. He might be tempted to go for those of his ex-Clarets that have already been released or he might go for those former players now at other clubs. Will be watching with interest to see which might be tempted
turfmanphil
We saw the benefits of Cotterill's canny dealing, particularly during his first close season. He's now got to go out and find the equivalents of Hyde, McGreal, Duff and Big Frank, for a combined total of... was it as little as 30,000? Then maybe later get an Elliott on a free. Then get Clarke Carlisle for about a third of the money he got for selling Wayne Thomas. I suspect that, once the dust has settled, he'll actually have rather more cash to splash around than the Clarets did post-ITVdigital. (Don't say I didn't warn you if Pompey, having just wriggled out of about 20million of taxes, give or take a few million, suddenly find unexpected liquid stuff. See the Pompey Watch thread in the Backchat Burnley forum on this site.) And, of course, not all Cotterill's deals were that good. But the ones mentioned here remain the stuff of Claret legend. I suspect that what Cotterill is looking for in Steven Caldwell is leadership as much as on-pitch performance. Caldwell's performance in the SKYbox the time before last we beat Spurs on the Turf suggested that he has in abundance the sort of 'dig deep' qualities Pompey MAY need in abundance, if they haven't in fact pulled the wool over everyone's eyes concerning the true state of thier treasury. Caldwell wasn't actually too bad when on the pitch the last time we beat Spurs on the Turf either!
Couch Potato
I just wonder how much location will have a part to play in his decision. All of his clubs have been very northern based - Moving to the South Coast, moving his family from their home for a club that appears far from secure could be a big gamble!
claretdale
I hope he gets a warm welcome when he walks back onto the Turf. He did a lot of good.
AndyHo
Agree. It was probably his skill at leading and motivating the team more than his defensive qualities that shone through. Good player at Championship level though apart from the odd lapse
turfmanphil
Cotts denying any interest now in Caldwell but is looking to see if he can keep Nugent somehow
turfmanphil
 

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