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Pompey boss Steve Cotterill may switch the Blues' pre-season destinations
Pompey boss Steve Cotterill may switch the Blues' pre-season destinations
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Orlando could be scrubbed from Pompey’s pre-season tour to America.

Steve Cotterill is attempting to put the finishing touches to a two-week itinerary in the States from the middle of July.

The Blues boss had been hoping to take in Orlando as well as Charleston, South Carolina, on a sponsored trip.

However, Orlando may now have to be dropped from the schedule, with Pompey struggling to get a fixture.

Two Premier League clubs have already lined up friendlies against Orlando this summer, which will take priority for the Americans.

It has left Cotterill instead contemplating flying into the capital, Washington DC – where the Blues played last summer – from England and then looking for fixtures around there.

Regardless, Cotterill’s men are definitely staying in Charleston for a week and have lined up a friendly.

Cotterill said: ‘We may not be able to fit the game in in Orlando because there are a couple of Premier League clubs out there at the same time.

‘We are definitely going to Charleston – so it’s about trying to work on other games out there at this moment in time.

‘Rather than Orlando, it might now be Washington we need to fly into.

‘The reason it takes so long to sort out is because you are getting people to sponsor it.

‘They pay for your flights, your hotel while out there, then you play the games and get people to sponsor paying for your training facilities.

‘The place we have got and where we can go, the hotel, the training pitches and one of the games on is first class, no problems there whatsoever.

‘We just need another game and maybe two, one against a lesser side.

‘And we need another injection of money we cannot quite get off Orlando at this moment in time.’

Aside from spending a fortnight on the east coast of America, the Blues are lining up fixtures in England.

They will play Bournemouth at Dean Court, providing Lee Bradbury’s men do not win promotion.

Pompey are also finalising a big-name friendly at Fratton Park before they jet off to the States.

And Cotterill has promised he will tell the fans more details as soon as he can.

He added: ‘As soon as we know we’ll get that out because we know we have supporters that will want to travel.

‘There’s been enough work done on this, but it does take a little bit more than normal.’