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A make or break summer for Cotterill

A make or break summer for Cotterill

Much has been said about Steve Cotterill, before, during and indeed after the season that has just been.

To be honest I have made little secret that I have some grievances against some of his movements since he came to the club, and I also think that tactically he has been found wanting at times - limited numbers or not - and to be fair his predecessors were slated for a lack of tactical awareness so we need to be fair.

The complete decimation that he has performed with the younger players is still, in my opinion, shocking. Granted not all, maybe none, would have made it but to have cut adrift every single youngster within 12-months is unbelievable - the way that he has, apparently, done this even more so at times! I can say with a certain amount of certainty that the fans favourite Joel Ward would have almost certainly gone the same way as all the others, in fact would have been one of the first out the door after a '10 minute assessment', had Cotterill got his way, but I digress...

Where was I?

Yep, I remember now. Of course I am a fan, so like most others I think 'I know best', when quite clearly I do not or I would be doing the job - that said I think plenty of us have questioned his tactical play at times so I am not alone.

All that said I think that he has had to put up with a lot, some has been on his own making, but all-in-all his hands have been well and truly tied so he has not done a bad job really has he?

Whatever happens with a takeover or not there must be a budge in place - surely? - for him to conduct some business this summer, he needs to as we cannot put out a side with 7 or 8 players, as this is what we have in terms of numbers at this point!

So, the movements that he makes this summer in the transfer market will be what he is left to be judged on.

'Word of the street' has it that he has made an 'informal enquiry' about Garry O'Connor.

You may remember him as he is the Scottish one if memory serves me that we were 'linked' with a few years back when he was playing in Russia?

For me the guy is nothing special at all and has failed to produce much of any use for the last few years so that would not really be the type of signing that I would say will do much to help us out, then again he is the boss not me...

As I say though, this summer and who he brings in and how they perform for us next season is what will make of beak him as Pompey manager.

He will have nowhere to hide as these will be the players that he brings in and no one else can be blamed for anything, there will be no hiding place.

So, lets be fair.

Basically this summer he starts with a clean slate so lets see what the guy can do with what will be his side, the first dozen games of next season will tell us pretty much all we need to know about the guy, right?

He will either make a stronger rod for his back to give those that have so much support and faith in him reason for doing so or dig himself a deep trench into which he will eventually find himself berried in.

As said lets give him the chance having been given, all being well, a fair crack of the whip to assemble a team, which will be - as it should be - on a limited budget either way and then cast judgment full on him...

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Monday May 16 2011
Time: 10:23AM

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Rug, i share your views on SC and don't think he is the man for the Job but as a fan I'll support him whilst he is in the position. Like you say he has a big job on his hands if we are to improve on this seasons positions.
bluedr
16/05/2011 11:00:00
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Watching the playoffs and spotted two lower league players who might be worth a punt, in Darius Charles of Stevenage and Chris Zebroski of Torquay. Anyone else watch them?What do you think?Worth a go?
Owenspompey
16/05/2011 11:26:00
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I say bring back AG. Give him a full season and see what he can do. SC has no tactical idea of what he is doing, and as such I cant see us doing any better than this season whilst he is in charge.
sneakay
16/05/2011 12:00:00
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Avram Grant? Not after his disrespectful comments yesterday.
Pompey Malta
16/05/2011 12:57:00
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As for cheap players, what about Carl Valeri? He is part of the Australian national side and has played some wonderful football in this year's Asian Cup. He plays for Sassuolo and I am sure he will be interested to play in the Championship.
Pompey Malta
16/05/2011 13:02:00
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the torquay guy is a good shout Owens - how are you by the way? - and i seem to recall him scoring quite alot, at least earlier in the season. living in devon you see abit about the local teams on the news so i have heard his name abit...
pompeyrug
16/05/2011 14:54:00
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as for cotterill - i do think that tactically he has been found our more than once but he has been fortunate this has not been highlighted as much as it could, or even would, have been but for our continued off-the-field problems. as said in the article i look forward to him assembling his squad, whatever it is, and then seeing what he does. he will have NO hiding place as it will be his squad!
as for grant coming back, not for me - tactically he is inept too but what i would have loved about him staying would have been the fact that the kids would have been given the chance and not all booted out after a brief 10-minute assessment...
pompeyrug
16/05/2011 14:57:00
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100% agree with your comment above Rug, as for Grant his negative tactics cost as many points as administration
russellm
16/05/2011 16:03:00
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It's got to bbe a 20 goal a season signing or we are going nowhere but down. Matt Tubbs please
MickTait
16/05/2011 17:25:00
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How about Ray Wilkins as Assistant Coach?
blueexile
16/05/2011 18:35:00
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