Cotterill: There will be no deadline day misery this time

Steve Cotterill is not expecting a repeat of last year's transfer deadline day woes
Steve Cotterill is not expecting a repeat of last year's transfer deadline day woes

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Steve Cotterill insists there will be no repeat of last year’s ‘shocking’ transfer deadline as he targeted two more arrivals before the close of the window.

Hungarian striker Marko Futacs’ arrival yesterday made it nine signings for Pompey this summer.

Cotterill wants one more permanent and one temporary addition before the deadline passes this Wednesday at 11pm.

He doesn’t expect any departures but hasn’t ruled out moving players on if it will enable him to land the targets he wants.

It will be a world away from last year for the Pompey boss, when he had to endure a miserable end to the window.

Former owners Balram Chainrai and Levi Kushnir were present at Fratton Park, as Cotterill had to fight to prevent his star players from being cashed in on.

Now he’s delighted to be on the verge of completing his squad.

Cotterill said: ‘Will deadline day be busy? Every day has been busy since I’ve been here.

‘I’m not expecting anyone to be leaving, that’s for sure.

‘And I won’t be expecting to have the same deadline day as I had last year.

‘The anniversary of that one will be in Seville having a good game against Betis.

‘It was shocking. I’ve never seen anything like it in football. It shouldn’t have happened, either.

‘But those days are long gone thankfully, and I don’t have to look towards a day like that now.

‘It’s been hard work trying to rebuild it as quickly as we have here.

‘It’s not just a case of picking up the newspaper to see who’s out there so we can jump all over them.

‘It’s a lot of hard work. The players we’ve got in for the money we’ve spent has been quite remarkable.

‘There’s a nice blend there now.’

Pompey will be facing Real Betis in a friendly in Spain on transfer deadline day, next Wednesday.

But Cotterill doesn’t anticipate there being any issues with playing a game abroad on such a crucial date.

In fact, he believes that may work out in his favour in keeping his players together.

The Pompey boss insists any players leaving will be on his terms.

Cotterill said: ‘I don’t want to be juggling anything. What you have to bear in mind is football is a transitional sport.

‘Sometimes you have to move people out to move people in.

‘However, I haven’t got anybody at this moment in time who will be going out of the door. And I don’t want anyone going out of the door either.

‘But I would still like to add. We’ve added in one area.

‘I would ideally like two more. I just don’t know if we can afford two more.

‘I’d like two more if I could. One of each, a loan and a permanent, maybe.

‘These phones are fantastic now. You can get e-mail and watch your television on them. The worst thing is you’ve got to answer them!

‘A lot can be done now across waters.

‘I’m going to enjoy being out of the country on transfer deadline – it means I won’t lose anyone.

‘If we get any offers for any of our good lads I will smash the fax at the hotel and lock them up in their room!’