Cotterill hopes for Chainrai meeting

Pompey owner Balram Chainrai, right

Pompey owner Balram Chainrai, right

Kal Naismith was gaffer for a day Phil Whyte's man of the match against Cambridge United. Photo by Joe Pepler

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Steve Cotterill was today hoping to move a big step closer to discovering his January transfer plans by meeting Balram Chainrai.

Chainrai and joint-owner Levi Kushnir are back in the country and pencilled in to attend tomorrow’s clash with Leeds.

That has thrown up the rare opportunity for Pompey’s manager to meet them face-to-face.

Cotterill is still seeking answers on squad strengthening and other Pompey issues as he looks to continue steering the club forward. And he is relishing the chance for a meeting with the low-profile owners.

He said: ‘I might be meeting them today.

‘I hope to be able to have a proper chat, we will wait and see.

‘It’s difficult to meet in and around all of these games. At the end of the day, there is obviously a priority of talking to the owners but my priority is also preparing a team every Saturday.

‘I think it is always very difficult talking on the phone and it has been a long time since I have seen them.

‘We will get a better gauge over the next couple of days as to what we are doing.’

Meanwhile, Cotterill opted not to be drawn into commenting on tomorrow’s SOS Pompey demonstration.

Fans are meeting in Frogmore Road at 2pm in a plea for the Blues’ owners to reveal their plans for the club.

Cotterill added: ‘I would rather talk about football.

‘I just do what I continue to do, which is getting on with my job.

‘I am pretty sure whatever protests there are and who they are for, none of them are going to be for the lads.’

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