Cotts close to tying up pre-season tour

Steve Cotterill was given a tough first pre-season weeks after joining Pompey
Steve Cotterill was given a tough first pre-season weeks after joining Pompey
Pompey's Brett Pitman scores a penalty in the Blues' 1-1 draw against Walsall at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South.

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Steve Cotterill hopes to have Pompey’s pre-season plans sorted by the end of the month.

The Blues boss expects to discover where his team will travel in the summer to step up their work for the new campaign.

The chance of heading to the Far East is now looking less likely, with Austria and America two possibilities.

Cotterill has already indicated Pompey would avoid a repeat of last summer’s chaotic North American tour if his team crossed the Atlantic again.

He felt they could have a base on the east coast of the USA this time around.

Austria remains a favoured option for Cotterill, who has taken previous teams he has managed to the country before and enjoyed the experience.

Cotterill is expecting things to accelerate on that front over the next couple of weeks.

He said: ‘There have been conversations and discussions about one pre-season tour.

‘I will know a little bit more about it after the international break.

‘There are a few things I’m working on. It takes a bit of time to sort out.

‘At the moment, I am barking up one tree and if that turns into something then we will do it. I have started that process already.

‘But I need to wait and see if it’s viable for us to do it. I’m looking at that first.

‘Until that one is dead and buried or sorted, then I won’t move on to something else.’ Cotterill explained he has also been making headway in his efforts to assemble a list of targets ahead of next season.

He said: ‘I’ve still been doing other things as well. I have also been looking forward with players, too.’