Cotterill pledges Pompey future

Blues boss Steve Cotterill
Blues boss Steve Cotterill
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Steve Cotterill has pledged his future to Pompey.

But he insists the club are currently not in talks over awarding him a new deal.

Several reports have emerged over the past few days claiming the Blues are eager to give the manager a fresh contract.

Wigan have also been linked with a move.

Those suggestions have been denied by Cotterill.

Nonetheless, he remains eager to stay following a campaign which has seen him work miracles.

Pompey find themselves in the push for the play-offs following a run which has seen them reap 22 points from a possible 27.

That has been masterminded by Cotterill, who penned a three-year deal last summer.

But he is adamant the club are presently not conducting negotiations over extending his stay.

He said: ‘I was surprised to read these stories about contracts, I am not quite sure where that has come from.

‘One thing for sure, anything like that I don’t tell anybody.

‘I keep my cards close to my chest on things like that.

‘I don’t know if it is true that they want to offer me a new deal, it might be somebody else that can answer that question.

‘Personally, all you ever want is to look after everyone and in return you hope they look after me.

‘I’m happy at Portsmouth. It’s a very good club that could get better with a little bit of investment and the support we have is fantastic.

‘If the club do want to offer me another contract that would be great.

‘If they don’t then they don’t – there’s not a lot I can do about that.’

Unquestionably, Cotterill’s stock has risen this season.

The former Notts County boss has had to contend with the smallest squad in the Football League.

He has also been hampered by the on-going financial woes.

But he has managed to steer the Blues within six points of the play-offs with eight matches remaining.

Last week, coaches Ian Woan and Guy Whittingham were given new deals until 2013.

That move has been applauded by Cotterill as he looks to keep his backroom team intact.

And he maintains he is still enjoying life on the south coast.

He added: ‘Nothing has changed in my working environment from when I got to the meet all the players on the first day of pre-season.

‘I think having the right staff around you is vitally important, as well as a really good set of players.

‘Then to hear we have sold almost 4,000 tickets for Reading – it’s fantastic.

‘One thing is for sure – you will only hear those 4,000 fans on Saturday.

‘It’s a good club and I’m really enjoying it here.’