David Cotterill has predicted a bright future for Pompey – if boss Steve Cotterill is given the backing to rebuild the team.
The on-loan Swansea winger is in the stands for today’s Championship clash at Fratton Park as he is ineligible to play against his parent club.
But while the Welshman’s loyalties are divided for the fixture, he remains open to the prospect of returning to Fratton Park next season in what promises to be a much-changed team.
Blues boss Cotterill is preparing himself for a busy summer, with several of his current first-team squad set to leave as the club attempt to bring the wage budget under control.
While it remains uncertain as to how much the manager will be given to spend to bring in replacements with the club’s ownership still under discussion, winger Cotterill is confident Pompey can mount a more concerted challenge next term.
He said: ‘Portsmouth’s problems were well documented with the administration and everything else that went on with the money.
‘As an outsider, you don’t fully understand it but it certainly didn’t ever worry me to come here and play.
‘I’ve been here only a short while so I don’t pretend to know everything about it but a lot of the players on big money have moved on and the people behind the scenes have sorted a lot of things out.
‘The future looks bright for the club.
‘The play-offs haven’t quite happened this season but the corner has been turned.
‘With the right backing for the manager, I’m sure he will be looking to do some big things here next season.’
The 23-year-old faces an uncertain summer himself – especially with his Swansea future not yet decided.
Having found himself out of manager Brendan Rodgers’ first-team plans this term as the Swans chase promotion, it seems unlikely he would have a future at the Liberty Stadium if they go up.
But Cotterill has two years left on his current deal with the Welsh outfit and will wait until the end of the season before he looks to clarify his own situation.
He said: ‘I haven’t really thought about what will happen next season.
‘I’ve still got two years left on my contract at Swansea so I will evaluate my situation in the summer. I’ll have a chat with Brendan Rodgers when I go back to Swansea and see what his thoughts are.
‘If I’m in his plans then I will think about that when it happens but if I’m not, I’ll probably be looking to move on in the summer.
‘I’d definitely consider coming back here but there are so many ifs, buts and maybes at the moment.
‘I knew it was a big club and had great support before I came down but playing here has backed that up.
‘I wanted to get out and play some games. The manager has given me that opportunity and I’m grateful for that.
‘The manager, the players and the supporters have been brilliant but we will have to see if the club even want to sign me.
‘If that was the case, it would definitely be something to think about.’