Duo set to join youth revolution

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Blues boss Steve Cotterill is on the brink of making two Academy appointments as his youth overhaul kicks into gear.

The Pompey manager is set to name a new Academy manager after laying down his blueprint for the club's future at that level.

Cotterill is keen to bring in an interim arrival with a view to a longer stay in the summer.

He has held talks with interested parties and is now set to bring in two new faces following the exit of head of youth operations Paul Smalley.

Cotterill said: 'I had a discussion with (chief executive) David Lampitt in the past three or four days.

'I gave him my opinion on what we should do immediately.

'I've put in two names, one to head the Academy and one to supplement it.

'I think there is still so much going on and maybe we could go down an interim avenue – but a serious interim avenue looking at whether they would do the job beyond that.

'The interim appointment could be made immediately if everything goes okay.

'I've given my opinion. There is nothing to lose from that if that person accepts the post in the interim period.'

Cotterill believes the new man at the helm will need time to assess the structure of the Academy before putting the changes in place which are clearly needed at that level.

He said: 'We've had a couple of scouts here who were doing it for next to nothing. A coat, a season ticket and a bit of petrol. They need to be back here.

'It could take them all this season to mop it up, though.

'I've yet to see them on the training ground but I would definitely do that when we have games on consecutive Saturdays.

'I would go to watch them work with the kids. I would like to see what they do.'