Ex-Liverpool and Spurs striker Peter Crouch reacts to news of Portsmouth's Kev the Kitman stepping back in role

‘Legend’ Kev McCormack needs a Pompey send off he deserves.

Wednesday, 14th July 2021, 11:00 am

That’s according to ex-Blues striker Peter Crouch who’s well aware that Fratton stalwart is stepping back from his current kit manager role.

The highly-popular figure – known as Kev the Kitman – has entered his 23rd season at the Blues, but is cutting back on duties to spend more time with beloved wife, Sarah, who successfully beat bowel cancer last year.

McCormack will now take on the role as the club’s assistant kitman, with Pompey advertising for his successor.

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Crouch was a huge admirer of McCormack – a former Commonwealth Games super-heavyweight boxer and three-time ABA champion – during his two spells at Fratton Park.

There is a famous story that after joining the Blues from QPR in 2001, McCormack helped the ex-Liverpool forward lift a sofa up a ladder to get it into his Southsea flat.

The former England international has heard the news about McCormack relaxing his duties, with the pair remaining in touch.

Kev McCormack celebrates in the Wembley dressing room after Pompey's Checkatrade Trophy triumph in March 2019. Picture: Joe Pepler
Kev McCormack celebrates in the Wembley dressing room after Pompey's Checkatrade Trophy triumph in March 2019. Picture: Joe Pepler

Now Coruch wants to see the instantly-recognisable figure recognised for his services.

Crouch wrote on Twitter: ‘Kev the kit man is a legend I hope @Pompey give him the send off he deserves !!’

Peter Crouch in action during his first spell at Pompey between 2001-2002.