Cotterill’s Pompey future still no clearer

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Steve Cotterill’s Pompey future remains unclear after another 24 hours of silence.

The Blues boss is today scheduled to take training at the club’s Eastleigh base.

Yet little more than 48 hours before the visit of Barnsley, his position remains uncertain.

Nottingham Forest have earmarked him as their prime target.

Despite denials in the midlands, The News understands an approach has already been made.

It is also believed Cotterill has not demanded to quit Fratton Park and would be willing to stay.

Regardless, work is clearly going on behind the scenes to thrash out his future.

Blues chief executive David Lampitt and owners Convers Sports Initiatives face a tricky decision over the direction they want to club to head. In the meantime, fans continue to be in the dark over the situation with Saturday’s televised clash against the Tykes looming.

Pompey themselves are remaining tight-lipped.

It’s a refusal to comment which adds to the confusion surrounding Cotterill’s future.

In a new development, the pre-match press conference will now be held tomorrow.

Traditionally, the Blues boss meets the press on the Thursday before a match.

Rarely has the event been moved to the Friday during Cotterill’s tenure.

As it stands, the Blues boss is expected to attend the Wellington Sports Ground conference tomorrow morning.

But it remains to be seen whether developments today could dictate alternative plans to those currently in place.

Meanwhile, Forest appear to have given up on hopes of unveiling their new boss before the weekend.

They head to midlands rivals Coventry City on Saturday.

Assistant manager Rob Kelly is in line to take charge for the fixture.

And he will be helped by fellow coach Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink, albeit on a strictly temporary basis.

The swiftness of any City Ground appointment will be decided by the level of compensation.

Last week they baulked at paying Charlton £500,000 for former Blues boss Paul Hart.

A move for Cotterill would demand a considerably lower price tag.

He is one of the lowest paid managers in the Championship, although his contract runs out in the summer of 2013.

Irrespective, that could be the sticking point should Pompey agree for Cotterill to hold talks.

Mark Robins and Kevin MacDonald are the other names on the Forest short-list.

Robins is out of work, while a minimal compensation package would be required for Villa reserve coach MacDonald.

But it’s Cotterill who is the bookies’ favourite – and that of Forest themselves.