Staying focused - Mark Catlin addresses Portsmouth future of Danny Cowley and others

Mark Catlin is adamant ‘no final decision’ has been made over Pompey’s manager beyond this season.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 5:00 pm
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 6:42 pm
Danny Cowley has taken 13 points from a possible 21 since becoming Pompey head coach. Picture: Dennis Goodwin/ProSportsImages

And that also remains the status quo for players and backroom staff.

Head coach Danny Cowley has taken 13 points from a possible 21 since arriving at Fratton Park last month.

However, defeat at MK Dons on Saturday has left the Blues in seventh as they prepare to face bottom club Swindon tomorrow night (6pm).

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And their chief executive insists focus is still fixed purely on promotion – with everything else on the backburner.

Catlin told The News: ‘Everything is under constant review.

‘I can assure everyone that no final decisions have been made on anyone, whether it be players, members of the backroom staff, the recruitment team, whoever it may be.

‘We are a minimum of three weeks – a maximum of five weeks – away from defining our season and everyone is focused on that at the moment and working together.

‘There is no point trying to undermine anyone or give people assurances when all we should be focused on is just getting to the end of the season and gaining promotion.

‘There will be no decisions now, we are focusing on the task in hand, which is achieving promotion this season.’

With five matches left, Pompey are outside the play-off spots on goal difference, with a game in hand.

However, after four straight wins under the Cowleys, that impressive progress has stalled of late.

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Catlin added: ‘We had a fantastic start with the Cowleys coming in.

‘It has been a tough three games since, through one reason or another, and we still have five games to go. Stating the obvious, they are five games to define our season.

‘At this moment in time, we just have to keep looking forward and focusing on, firstly, achieving one of the play-off spots – and then hopefully going beyond and breaking our hoodoo and achieving promotion via the play-offs.

‘That’s what everyone is fully focused on.’

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