On this day: Portsmouth boss reveals tactic to convince Chainrai to splash the cash

Former Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
Former Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
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On this day in 2010, Pompey manager Steve Cotterill was prepared to take a cautious approach to convince Balram Chainrai to loosen his purse-strings.

Cotterill had met with the Blues’ new owner for talks over his plans for the club after assuming control at Fratton Park.

Former Pompey chairman Balram Chanrai

Former Pompey chairman Balram Chanrai

The Pompey boss felt his team needed strengthening, with his squad badly lacking depth.

But at the time Cotterill believed adopting a softly-softly manner with Chainrai would reap the best dividends.

He hoped that could see the Hong Kong businessman deliver money for him to reinforce for a concerted play-off push in January.

Speaking to The News, Cotterill said: ‘I don’t know whether we will start purchasing players now, unless anything comes along that we feel is a bargain.

‘That isn’t me telling them that, it’s me suggesting that.

‘In the meantime, I think you have to show them why you want a few things.

‘I’m not shy in coming forward with things. But I need to approach this one right, I feel.

‘They need to have a plan – not just me knocking on their door asking for x, y and z.

‘I may just get more in the long run if I approach it right.

‘I won’t bite my lip, don’t worry about that.

‘The January window can be a bad time to buy unless you get hold of someone who will be out of contract at the end of the season, when you can potentially get them at a bargain fee.

‘But they may get to a position in January where he might think it’s worth speculating.

‘It’s easier to say that than do it, though.’