Cotterill salutes his Pompey pen pals

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
Michael Smith has not been included in this year's team photo

Striker omitted from Pompey team photo

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Steve Cotterill has thanked the fans who have penned their appreciation for fighting through a season of turmoil at Pompey.

Cotterill revealed he has been receiving a steady stream of letters from supporters who have given him their support and shown their gratitude for the job he has done since arriving at Fratton Park.

The Blues boss stated those messages had meant the world to him and given him the motivation to plough forward with the rebuilding job he is trying to carry out.

Cotterill thinks it is the Fratton faithful who have been the people to really offer the recognition for working through the problems he has faced.

The 46-year-old has had to deal with problems such as a registration embargo and a limit to his squad enforced by the Football League.

That proceeded a chaotic pre-season tour across North America with Pompey not having a squad to speak of.

Cotterill has not been able to fill his bench for long periods of the season and then there has been the contracts saga surrounding Michael Brown and Richard Hughes. But the warm response from fans has lifted the Pompey boss.

Cotterill said: ‘Quite a few people have written in and I’ve received some real nice letters and real nice cards.

‘I’ve had quite a few throughout the season, it’s been good. There’s been quite a few which have come in to Ashleigh, my PA, and she passes them on.

‘It’s been nice from the people who have done it.

‘It’s always nice if your fans like you. That’s a bonus.

‘I appreciate their thanks. If they didn’t do that I’m not too sure I’d get it elsewhere.’