Cotterill commits to Blues

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
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Steve Cotterill has underlined his commitment to Pompey

The Blues boss has insisted he wants to lead the club into their new era in the wake of intense speculation over his future.

And the 46-year-old has spoken of his excitement in working with the club’s new owners after meeting with Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI) on Monday.

Cotterill has been heavily linked with a move to Birmingham in the wake of Alex McLeish’s shock departure.

But, speaking for the first time since the CSI takeover, he vowed he wants to stay put.

Cotterill said: ‘I was surprised to hear the talk about me (going to Birmingham).

‘The News were the first people to phone me about it. That was the first I knew about it.

‘I was on the training ground on Monday when the call came. I didn’t know anything.

‘Then I saw the speculation on the television.

‘I don’t know if I’m potentially one of their candidates.

‘It’s flattering when something like that happens, but I’m happy doing the job I’m doing at Portsmouth.

‘I’ve been through all the hard work here last season.

‘I’ve been through all that pain, but I’m happy as manager of Portsmouth.

‘It’s been a tough job but I’ve been through all the tough times here now and want to push on.’

Cotterill has been lifted by his discussions with CSI, who have made it clear they want him in charge of their team.

He met Roman Dubov at Fratton Park along with chief executive David Lampitt and covered a number of subjects in those talks – including his transfer policy.

Cotterill said: ‘There’s something about these people.

‘They want to run this football club as a business.

‘They haven’t got great expectations. They’ve got hopeful expectations.

‘Now we have to build that relationship, but it’s been good to date so far.

‘I’ve spoken to Chris Akers from CSI quite a few times and I’ve had a meeting with Roman.

‘I met Roman on Monday and he was a gentleman.

‘I don’t think he will want to be in the press and on the TV every five minutes.

‘But I got a good feeling. I think we could have some really good people in charge of the club.

‘It was good to have my first proper dialogue with them.

‘They want me to be their manager and it was really positive.’