Cotterill calls for Pompey deal to be sorted

Steve Cotterill wants Pompey's takeover situation resolved as soon as possible
Steve Cotterill wants Pompey's takeover situation resolved as soon as possible
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Steve Cotterill has called for Pompey’s ownership issue to be settled as swiftly as possible for the sake of the club’s long-term ambitions.

Convers Sports Initiative (CSI) are expected to complete their buy-out from Balram Chainrai and Levi Kushnir this week.

For Cotterill, it is a timely development as he seeks to start strengthening his squad ahead of the summer.

The Blues boss has had the brakes applied to his player recruitment drive as the ownership wrangle goes on.

Since January, he has been in talks with a raft of interested targets whose contracts expire at the season’s end.

But the Blues boss has been told nothing will be allowed to be completed until the CSI takeover has gone through.

That has left Cotterill fearing such players may now turn their attentions elsewhere.

And he is eager for those obstacles to be moved out of the way as soon as possible so he can concentrate on building a successful Pompey side.

Cotterill said: ‘I don’t know too much about what their (CSI’s) thoughts are, then again I don’t know too much about the thoughts of our present owners.

‘I just get my head down and get on with the job.

‘It depends on what the new owners – if they come in – have in mind.

‘There are players out there I could definitely sort for next season and a couple of them are really good transfers.

‘But at the moment I am not allowed to commit to anything and that will cost us in the long run, whether it is old owners or new owners.

‘At the end of the day, we’ve got a budget. The football manager is there to manage that budget and go and get players in.

‘I’m all for doing that – but I can’t move and it is frustrating for me.

‘To be honest, I think takeover or no takeover, it is irrelevant on what players I bring in.

‘That is unless the new guys coming in want a new manager to bring their players in. I am in the lap of the Gods with that one, really.

‘This needed to be done last week or the week before, that is the frustrating side of things. Sitting on our hands is not doing anybody at Portsmouth Football Club any favours.’

Meanwhile, Cotterill is refusing to give up on the play-off dream.

And he has targeted victories in all six of Pompey’s remaining matches to make it a reality.

He added: ‘When I look at it, we are going to need to win them all to push it to the end.

‘We have got some tough games but if we play well it will be tough for the opposition. It’s no problem, it is what the league is about.

‘We are capable of going on a run but we do need to win.’