Club needs to back Cotterill or we may lose him

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Brighton was a disappointing result – but I'm more concerned about the bigger picture at the moment.

And that is ensuring Steve Cotterill remains at this football club.

Pompey's boss has worked miracles this season and pulled rabbits out of hats working with both arms behind his back.

Without question, he has enhanced his reputation as a very, very good manager in the process.

I'm just fearful he may walk after becoming fed up with the current goings on.

Not yet, not this weekend – Cotterill is not the sort of bloke that walks away from things easily and on a whim.

But if he gets no help in this transfer window and certain promises do not materialise, it is only natural he will have to look at the situation.

And there are plenty of jobs out there someone like him could take his pick from.

For that reason, I am concerned he may be pushed too far and decide enough is enough and quit.

Not that I am privy to how he must be feeling at the moment, I'm just putting myself in his shoes and I certainly wouldn't be happy.

Admittedly, at the end of the day, the football club has to remain. We were so close to going out of existence before and the football club is bigger than anybody and has to be run properly to allow it to remain alive.

But the gaffer has been given promises and he needs to be backed.

He should be allowed to get three permanent signings and loanees, too, to help him carry on doing a fantastic job.

He's got a fantastic bunch of players at the moment. They are together, Liam Lawrence's recent comments prove that, and have a united dressing room bond.

I have to say, though, I noticed on Saturday and against Hull the body language is not the best at the moment.

I can fully understand why the players may be worried or even frustrated when they see players such as Michael Brown not allowed to play and the squad getting smaller.

It doesn't matter how much you are being paid, you are still human and can be unhappy with how things are. Clearly that is now starting to show.

Obviously, at times I have questioned a few of Cotterill's decisions. That is what I am paid to do and that is what he is paid to do.

But he's got 90 per cent of things right. And we must do everything we can to keep him at this football club.