No instant raid for Blues staff

Stuart Gray is a former Nottingham Forest player
Stuart Gray is a former Nottingham Forest player

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Steve Cotterill has pledged there will be no instant raid on Pompey’s backroom staff.

First-team coach Stuart Gray has already been linked with following the 47-year-old to Nottingham Forest.

Gray, who arrived at Fratton Park only in the summer, is a former Forest player.

Despite rumours of his departure, he took training at the Blues’ Eastleigh base yesterday after Cotterill had bid his goodbyes.

Gray, who has also managed Southampton, is taking charge of the team alongside Guy Whittingham for today’s clash with Barnsley.

Pompey legend Whittingham is also a first-team coach.

Cotterill has formed a close bond with all his backroom staff, the majority of whom were already at the club when he arrived 16 months ago.

But he has promised he will not be rushing in for an attempt to rip up the Blues’ staff.

He said: ‘At the moment, from my point of view, I will not be rushing in.

‘There are some staff already at Forest at this time and I need to speak to them.

‘So I don’t know what the future holds. Obviously, Stuart has been linked because he is an ex-Forest player as well.

‘That is bound to happen.

‘Besides, there will be a new manager at Pompey coming in the days or weeks and he will have his own opinion on the staff he wants.

‘Whoever the next manager is will be getting an absolutely fantastic dressing room filled with great pros and, more importantly, good people.’

Gray has formerly coached at Wolves, Crystal Palace and Burnley and been manager at Northampton.