Smith and Mokoena stay, insists Cotterill
When the squads were announced for the Reading game - and I got the traditional text from Richie with the starting 11, unless he is with me so he just shows me - with no Tommy Smith or Aaron Mokoena in them my immediate reaction was 'they are off then'...
With them not even named on the bench that was 'confirmed' in my mind!
Although that said I did stop and think a little more about Mokoena as I knew he was on international duty with South Africa so thought he might have had travel issues, as Steve Cotterill has since told The News was the case.
He was also insistent that Smith WOULD NOT be sold, as he was at the end of last week, and his absence was purely down to a pre-season injury still troubling him.
Cotterill said that no one would be sold from under his backside, so it 'seems' for once we have a manager who makes it pretty clear what, within reason, the ground rules are and is not going to take any, undue, meddling...
I have to say that Cotterill is growing on me more and more, I did not like his earlier reign 'hard done by' thoughts as he MUST have known what he was signing up for - but in recent weeks I have liked his attitude and the fact that he seems to appreciate some of the kids we have here more, as he did not 'seem' to be doing this back along.
His comments regarding Rocha John Rocha just backed up what he is all about as he basically said the guy either wants to play for us or he does not - simple!
As I keep saying we MUST have players that are fully committed to this club, and this seems exactly what Cotterill wants, and nothing more than full commitment - 'journeyman mercenary' types need not apply...
PLAY UP POMPEY!