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Paper talk 'links' Cotterill with Wigan

Paper talk 'links' Cotterill with Wigan

'Rumours' in The Sunday Mirror today were 'claiming' that Wigan are targeting Steve Cotterill as their next manager.

Wigan, as it stands, look destined to drop down to the nopower championship at the end of the season and this is seeing Roberto Martinez 'coming under intense pressure.'

It is 'said' that come what may at the end of this season 'Latics chairman Dave Whelan is set to review the position in the summer - even if the Latics stay up' and that is leaving Martinez in a precarious position...

So 'one man strongly tipped to replace Martinez is Portsmouth boss Cotterill, who has performed minor miracles given their limited resources.'

Cotterill, if I am honest, has not always been someone that I have liked.

Some of his methods and 'word on the street' talks about him have been less than 'complimentary' - I have also, and I have made no secret of this, not always liked his handling of the younger players at this club.

That said few could argue that, given the resources available to him, he has performed a fine job this season.

I still find it 'unlikely' but 'if' we could somehow force our way into the play-offs and pull off what seemed an impossible feat of getting promoted again he would have performed, as far as a manager goes, one of the greatest achievements in our history, right?

It all comes down to how 'ambitious' he is. Of course all managers, and players, want to be part of 'the promised land' of the premier league but 'should' Wigan be relegated this season, even if we do not go up, can Wigan really offer him anything more than us?

Of course they have, you assume, a greater stability but all in all they will be in the same boat as us, and the other sides on the nopower comes August!

With a couple of our coaches signing new 2-year contract this week it does not seem as though Cotterill is planning a getaway anytime soon so I cannot see this being anything other than 'paper talk' to be honest.

Should it prove more than this, and Wigan did make a summer move for him. I do not think he will move on anyway...well not for the timbering anyway and it will take - with all due respect - a better offer than Wigan for this...

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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Sunday March 27 2011
    Time: 11:00PM

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    Not a chance, first off we'll survive, 2ndly even if we didnt Martinez would stay, 3rdly there is some mischief making going on with one of the local press men who really doesnt like Martinez on a personal level and 4thly, like you say I doubt he'd come anyways
    worbo
    27/03/2011 23:33:00
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    Big load of rubbish this, when we get relegated Martinez will keep his job for at least a season.
    Gaz_Latic
    27/03/2011 23:37:00
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    This could be a risky move for Cot, Pompey are just about becoming steady, Wigan are at serious risk of going the other way. They have a very likeable fan base but it is no bigger almost certainly smaller than ours. Furthermore I have seen various business rescue reports of trouble to Dave Wheelans major share in the company and club main sponsors JJB sports. The company is desperately trying to buy time from the banks so if you have JJB gift vouchers spend em quickly. Would Cot want to run the risk of the same experience again?
    russellm
    28/03/2011 11:55:00
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    I just hope Cotts doesn't leave, not because he has been doing ok, but this club needs a settled manager for the long haul. We haven't had that for a long, long time!
    Pompey Malta
    28/03/2011 12:12:00
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    On the face of it, it looks as tho Cotterill has been treated very badly this year by the Owners, and although he has inadvisably let off steam once or twice in the Press, he has kept a level head and has not flounced off, which I must say I thought he would. I agree with Malta, Pompey need a settled Manager and hopefully, Cotterill is it - warts and all. Nobody's perfect, after all.
    Gandor1
    28/03/2011 12:32:00
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