Cotterill is the man to lead Pompey into new era

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill

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Steve Cotterill is the manager to carry Pompey into their brave new world.

The News understands Cotterill is wanted at the helm by the club’s new owners after they completed their takeover yesterday.

And chief executive David Lampitt insisted the Blues now had to make signing players their ‘number-one priority’ after Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI) sealed their buyout.

Vladimir Antonov, Roman Dubov and Chris Akers have assumed total control of the club from Balram Chainrai and Levi Kushnir in a deal thought to be worth in the region of £15m.

That marked the successful completion of their protracted bid to become Pompey’s fifth owners in two years.

The group have quickly laid down a marker and made it clear Cotterill is the man they want to see carry Pompey forward.

CSI are determined to ensure there is continuity at the club in terms of management, meaning Cotterill will remain in the role he arrived in a year ago.

Lampitt has worked tirelessly on ensuring the takeover met a fruitful conclusion, marking what he believes will be a brighter dawn for Pompey fans.

He has made it clear, however, there is little time to waste in terms of recruitment, with Cotterill able to call on just eight senior players at present.

Lampitt said: ‘We’re obviously delighted the takeover has gone through. It has taken a lot of hard work.

‘The takeover has made the process of buying players tricky.

‘That now becomes our number-one priority over the next three months.

‘Really, that is the next month. We have between now and the start of pre-season to get something in place.

‘Everyone is aware of that situation and the new owners are certainly aware of that situation.

‘We’ve now got to set about sorting out the squad.

‘We have to crack on.

‘Steve and I have been keeping a few things in the holding camp and we have to move forward with them.’

Lampitt worked through the night on Tuesday into Wednesday morning to put the finishing touches to the announcement CSI were Pompey’s new owners.

The spotlight will now move to recruitment, with David Norris’ arrival agreed and Cotterill confident another signing is in the bag.

Budgets are now expected to be discussed, with a moderate level of spending on free transfers and small fees expected rather than a extravagant spree.

Lampitt said: ‘We need time to work out what the strategy is going to be over the next six months to a year moving forward – and then set about delivering it. It will take a while but that is how it should be.

‘That will happen with Steve and the management on the footballing side and with the owners on the non-footballing side.

‘We’ll be putting that in place over the next couple of months.’

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