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Smith and Mokoena stay, insists Cotterill

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...

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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Monday August 16 2010
    Time: 3:06PM

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    As I've said in the Forums, I saw Smith at FP at the Reading game - presuming he lives nowhere near FP, I can only assume that he wouldn't have bothered going to the game if he was offski. I'm confident he'll stay
    PFCGino
    16/08/2010 15:57:00
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    I think we will hold on to Smith but Moko I doubt will still be here at the end of August. Still think SC should be pursuing a couple more young loan players to make up the numbers but I guess could be waiting to see how premier pans out in case there are more experienced unhappy players looking for regular football.
    bluedr
    16/08/2010 16:19:00
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    True bluedr. Just look at Bellamy. He is off to Cardiff. Mokoena stated some time ago that he intends to keep on playing in the Premier League. I still think he would remain here though, just like Utaka! Of course I wnt him to stay, and I also want Rocha to join. Then we just need some bodies who can play in the middle or can be used as subs and another striker (or 2) striker(s).
    Pompey Malta
    16/08/2010 16:33:00
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    told you we should have gone for bellamy - i knew he would take chumps footie. i guess we probably cant afford a decent wage % though and were not in wales!
    pompey--pessimist
    16/08/2010 16:42:00
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    Actually my thoughts on the Article were, no need to rub Rocha's nose in it and Axe doesn't want to say. I'll cheer him on but Cotterille seems a bit well inconsistent shall we say. Not to say up his own R's
    russellm
    16/08/2010 23:48:00
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    Those who think we could get Bellamy or any other decent Premiership player on loan need to do one of three things...get a sniff of some strong black stuff, get their heads of of their proverbial or get a dose of reality! jeez the ignorance of some people is staggering! I read it all the time on here, either the front page or the forum. Have people airburshed the past two years from their minds??
    pentonpompey
    17/08/2010 09:38:00
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    Mok doesn't want to stay
    russellm
    18/08/2010 00:14:00
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