Football world taking notice of Cotterill in Pompey rebirth

Steve Cotterill is impressing all with his work
Steve Cotterill is impressing all with his work
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Seven wins from nine games and eight clean sheets along the way.

They are mightily-impressive stats – ensuring the football world sits up and takes notice of Steve Cotterill.

The Pompey boss’ stock in the game is on the rise off the back of the club’s unlikely charge towards the play-offs.

With eight games to go this season, the Fratton faithful still have a ‘live’ finale to the campaign to look forward to, when any of them would have snapped your hand off for mid-table mediocrity.

Cotterill has had to contend with a volume of issues way in excess of what any contemporaries have had to deal with.

In fact, there probably isn’t a manager in the game who has had to face the kind of curve balls thrown in the direction of the man from Cheltenham.

Through it all, though, he has assembled a decent team unit and engendered an impressive team spirit among his players.

The clearest evidence yet was displayed in the gutsiness of the success at Leicester last Saturday.

Pompey are getting stronger and stronger.

For every millimetre they edge away from the problems of the past, they are finding greater strength on the pitch.

And now the pundits are beginning to wake up to the success of Cotterill’s mission so far.

The national media are starting to follow suit, with bouquets replacing the brickbats being thrown at Cotterill and in the club’s direction.

And the word is that there has already been clubs who have been keen to recruit the 46-year-old this season.

He has so far dismissed any overtures, and made it clear he wants to be the man to guide Pompey through their rebirth on the pitch.

Last week Cotterill gave an emotive address to the assembled media at his weekly briefing.

He spoke of a gruelling first campaign in charge at Fratton Park, and the belief there is now light at the end of the tunnel for Pompey.

Cotterill paid tribute to the fans and his players.

The fact ‘Steve Cotterill’s blue and white army’ now is belted out from the stands with such regularity shows those emotions are reciprocated.

Through all the problems this season, Cotterill is emerging as Pompey’s greatest asset.