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Chainrai on Cotterill, future ambition and finance

Pompey chairman, and owner - well at least one of them - Balram Chainrai has 'lavished' praise upon Steve Cotterill when talking to sky sports yesterday about a range of things.

Below is a back down of what he said, with some of my own thoughts included too...

Chainrai on Steve Cotterill
He said that he is 'in love' with Cotterill and has hailed him his 'hero' for helping us go from a struggling bottom of the table side destined for one thing, relegation, into a side that has a chance of challenging for promotion.

'I am in love with the guy.

'He is my hero right now. Steve is the greatest manager I have ever seen.

'He has taken the club from near the bottom to where it is now and where it could be in a few months time.'

High praise indeed, now do not let this go to your head Steve!

To be honest I do not really have much to say on Cotterill, as I have already said, recently, all that I felt there was to say about Cotterill and the job he is doing in another article, I think it was one giving credit where I felt it was due ahead of the QPR game? Although breaking out the 'greatest manager' and 'tactician' thoughts just yet are not something I am doing, not that I am slagging the guy off, far from it, I just feel that justifications of a few things still need to be seen.

Chainrai on the clubs future ambition
The riches of the premier league can, or at least are 'meant' to help side, so returning to the top flight is something that he says is 'very important'.

'It's very important. It's very important for the fans, it's very important for me, it's very important for the players. I think everybody is going to try their best.'

I can only speak for myself, as I would not like to anyone else - although I do know a large number that feel the same, but promotion would not be a 'priority' for me but I can of course see the benefits of achieving this.

The financial riches 'should', in theory, help us stabilise ourselves as a club sooner, and if we went about things in the right way the strength we could gain would be something else.

If we could 'yo-yo' the league a few times that would do me!

Not only would it be 'entertaining' each season, and we would be playing for something all the time so we could not really get 'bored', it would also give us the chance to take advantage of the money on offer and if we use it the right way we could become much stronger - the likes of Bolton, West Brom and I guess even Birmingham are role models to look at as to what can happen if you do things right...

Chainrai on his future role
To be fair to the guy he has NOT made any promises about this, that and the other and all in all has done little more than admit that he would 'like his money back' and is also not making any promises about his future.

He said that he plans to be around for a while but if an offer comes in, one that he says will benefit the club, he will accept.

'Long-term speaking, I am here.

'If we find someone who can pump in all the millions that are needed, I am ready to let him take over. But until then, we are going to stay here and stabilise the club.'

What more can you add really?

So long as Chainrai is honest and open with his intentions, and makes sure the club operates in a sensible manor I would not really ask for anything else, could any of us?

Chainrai on January investment
The topic of 'money' and 'how much, if any' Cotterill would be given in January was bound to be raised, again he has remained fairly tight lipped on this.

'It's too early. We have only just taken over the club.'

Stability IS the priority, we cannot go out and spend countless millions again on players and offer obscene wages, and I would 'think' we would not - this would again only be borrowed money as always so lets be sensible about this.

That said increasing the numbers will really help, we have a decent squad but an injury here and a suspension there just highlights the limitations we do have to be fair.

I would prefer us to limit the number of loanees, although we cannot spend much money - there must be some free agents around that we could look at though and 'might' be able to arrange an emergency loan or two before the end of the month that comes with the option of a 'minimal' purchase in the New Year?

Well then guys, what do we make of Balram Chainrai's thoughts on this range of issues?

As always your views and opinions are welcomed, and wanted, below - so share them...


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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Wednesday November 10 2010

    Time: 2:46PM

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    All fair comments i would have thought. Of course he's going to give SC his backing, as should we ! As for ambition, great, if we get to the prem, then we must (as supporters) not jump on the bandwagon and demand greater players, we go up (collect the money) and go back down again...we cannot sustain a long stay in the premiership in our current state; my thoughts are that we need a good 5 - 10 years rebuilding stage before any serious assault on the premiership (unless of course a sugar daddy appeared). As for players, I would be happy to see LL stay on a permanent and any other impressing loanee. Then stick to more loanees and free agents.....We DO have to cut our cloth differently. PUP
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    10/11/2010 15:22:00

    I don't know about yo-yoing up and down the leagues being entertaining. Yo-yoing up is good fun, but I'm not sure about yo-yoing back down again...........
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    10/11/2010 15:57:00

    I think anybody who is expecting more at this time is sadly deluded. In terms of longevity of Chanrai's stay it is clear he does not believe he can get a return on his original loan with the club as it is and it s infinitely more marketable as a Prem League out fit; considering it will be relatively debt free probably rightly. I don't want anybody broadcasting the budget ala Willie the crim McKay and Pily Slickman; I would like to see this commercial information as something kept between Chan, Lamps and Cotterille.
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    10/11/2010 16:40:00

    I imagine Steve will be pushing the salary button on an emergency loaner though.
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    10/11/2010 16:42:00

    As usual an honest appraisal of the situation by BC. I don't know why he has his detractors.
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    10/11/2010 17:22:00

    I think there will be a few quid for SC
    plymouth graham
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    10/11/2010 23:34:00

    The most reassuring thing is the fact Chanrai knows he will get more for the club if we are top flight, speculate to accumulate etc, if we are to yo-yo for a while, lets do it the West Brom way
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    11/11/2010 06:47:00

    speculate within reason tho, their is 'speculating' tho isnt their and their is 'gambling' - so long as that fine line is not crossed lets do it. totally agree paul, as said in the article, do it the west brom way and i would be happy. 'if' we can go up this season then, and not being defeatist, i would think it is 'likely' we would go down again next season but so long as things are done the right way this could make us stronger and we can do the process again, and again if needed - at the end of it we 'should', again if done right, have a good base for stability and then some realistic growth.
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    11/11/2010 08:31:00

    RUG. you just covered it perfectly good base, stability, realistic growth, the only thing that should change this ethos is a sugar daddy, bring it on!
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    11/11/2010 08:54:00

    What about Chainrai on Vital Pompey?

    Good luck BC with the future whatever it holds.
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    11/11/2010 13:38:00


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