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.
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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.

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

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.

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

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 !!’