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Good Luck or Good Riddance

More to follow .. but it is commonly known that Steve Cotterill is at the Pompey Training Ground saying his goodbyes..

So where does this leave Pompey ahead of tomorrow .. Whitts and Stuart Gray in charge ?

Do you feel relived or angry ?

Is this a blessing in disguise or a nail in the coffin for our season.

Post your thoughts below ..

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Chix Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 14 2011

Time: 11:19AM

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kind of annoyed after sticking my neck out for the **** but pretty glad he's gone, it was getting really hard to stay positive with the performances on the pitch and his ludicrous statements in the press and lets face it he was probably gonna get sacked anyway
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14/10/2011 11:28:00

Must admit I feel that although he was on dodgy ground I thought he'd want to stay and complete the job he started... Bonfire Night now brings an added significance .. I wonder what reception he will get so soon after leaving... As for the new man to take the hot seat .. well I haven't got a clue...
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14/10/2011 11:29:00

On the other hand ... another chapter opens in the history of PFC..
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14/10/2011 11:32:00

How many more new chapters do we need though Chix? Isn't that 14 managers in as many years now? Hopefully CSI bring in someone who has experience at this level and we can finally get some long term managerial stability.
Alty Blue
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14/10/2011 11:48:00

Yep 14 in 14 years Alty .. not as many as Chelsea but a lot more than ManU .. It'll be interesting to see how CSI react .. Somebody tweeted earlier that they expect CSI to advertise the vacant position on Facebook .. I'm assuming it was a joke !!...
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14/10/2011 11:51:00

Over the time of his tenure in the hot seat at FP SC has had good times and bad, last season a great run playing some good football. This season has not been so good, defensive and a tad boring style of football, one up front at home will never get my vote. There is not many games I can say I enjoyed so far. Pompey fans do like attacking football with the full use of a winger (Stone, Lua lua, Hilare to name but a few) so the North Stand has someone to cheer along. This has not happened for a while now. I will be always grateful for his work last season in very tough circumstances keeping Pompey up with a threadbare squad. Good luck to Steve on his travels, should be interesting what his reception will be like in a few weeks time when Forest visit the park.
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14/10/2011 11:54:00

Early gossip suggests Dave Jones is the person most would not object to (too much) .. Lots of ex-players.. Linvoy, Macca, Awfs, Blake, Prosi Whitts... being banded around.. Bottom line is I don't think anybody has a clue .. and given CSI's silence/closed doors approach to things I think we could all be guessing for a few weeks to come.. and still more than likely get it wrong..
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14/10/2011 11:54:00

it was only a matter of time anyway, cotterill was never going to turn it around, if you dont pick your best players, and continuely play players out of position you are always going to struggle, the fact CSI haven't put up much of a fight if any says it all really I for one am glad to see him go, the football we have played under him has been pretty dire to say the least. Whoever comes in and i think CSI will surprise us cant do any worse thats for sure...
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14/10/2011 12:09:00

Surprise us in which way Nobby .. as 'name' or a 'foreigner' or a 'named foreigner' ... One thing CSI have been clear on is that they see the team as being there immediate investment .. so a good manager must be considered important to them in that aim.
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14/10/2011 12:16:00

Chix not just another chapter think we are on volume 10 chapter 12 Not bothered he has gone, i think he is a limited lower league man manager, think he has gone to a similar club finances wise but will get paid more
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14/10/2011 12:20:00

i hope its not a foreigner, but CSI are no mugs and have a lot of contacts in the game, i think Cotterill knew the writing was on the wall, it will be interesting to see what comes out over the next few days and how quickly CSI appoint a new man, i have a gut feeling a lot of the players will be relieved he's gone. one thing though lifes never dull being a pompey fan.
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14/10/2011 12:29:00

LOL JSW.. I wonder if your namesake is doing anything these days (lol)..I think you are correct about Forest they are a medium sized club who long for the successes of yesterday .. trouble is they have to accept that the Clough years were special and will never be repeated if for no other reason that it now takes a lot of dosh to do what they did .. Look at Man City & Chelsea all that money spent and struggle to come anywhere near Forests European glory.. I think Forest need to get over themselves somewhat and realize who and what they are... maybe for then SC's appointment is a step in that direction ... Let's face it if they were ambitious they would have tempted MON into the job..
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14/10/2011 12:34:00

Too true Nobby .. too true.. I tell you one thing.. I fear for Forests Academy .. it'll be shut down this time next week !
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14/10/2011 12:35:00

don't know about their academy, but at least one relegation place has all but been taken lol
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14/10/2011 12:42:00

Probably total coincidence, but my mate saw Peter Beardsley in Portsmouth this morning... Not sure who I'd like to see in the job, although glad to see the back of Cotts' negative line ups (to be fair he did do an excellent job stabilising us through the scariest time in the clubs history)... Perhaps the likes of Jones, Curbishley (would he come here?), Davies....please could someone persuade Mark Hughes that Fergie's not going to retire anytime soon and drag him down here to keep his managerial skills up to scratch - I reckon he'd do a fine job.
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14/10/2011 12:50:00

I've no opinion on Cott's at all other than he was likely out within a few weeks on current form. Plenty of workable replacements out there. Would be keen to know why the manager wants to abandon his own team?
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14/10/2011 13:07:00

Russell, so would I. I feel let down, after sticking by him, but deep down am probably a little relieved as well.
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14/10/2011 13:20:00

Money and job security Russ.. simples in my book ..
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14/10/2011 13:45:00

Good luck AND (not or) good riddance - he passes on the baton at the right time, having taken us as far as he can. We are back to the merry-go-round that is not productive and afflicts all but the best - but like in Mandaric's time, you must recognise when its no longer working - next please!
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14/10/2011 13:50:00

Bit of both really. Good luck and thank you for your great work last season but, it seems that you couldn't do anymore for this club so its time to move on.
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14/10/2011 14:50:00

I wish him well, he took over a club on it's knees, with a small squad & all the krap going on in the background. We played some good stuff last season & went on some good winning runs. Yes we have choked a bit this season & may be we do need a new man in charge to freshen things up. I still think a lot of the players havn't helped. This season was never about promotion & heaven help us, it wasn't about relegation either. Sod sentiment, get a man in who has done it before, a proven record at this level.
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14/10/2011 16:01:00

Mark Hughes..I had forgotten about him..I reckon his wages would be somewhat high, although he apparently invested in property as a player and is well rich...so he would not "NEED".. a prem salary-I would'nt mind a prem weekly wage..just one would do.. Ive trumpeted O'Driscoll-Davies-Jones, discounted Coleman and O'Neil and Uncle Avram..Curbs and Hughes are Out of work..and i have looked at lower league managers..Tisdale, Robinson etc.. but have for many years believed Matin Allen will manage the club at some point (OOOOHH.that would be tough) ..but i reckon it will be an unknown forriegner
plymouth graham
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14/10/2011 17:04:00

To be quiet honest, I reckon he pushed rather than walked
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14/10/2011 17:08:00

Who next? It is obvious. Bring in Liam Fox as manager, we need someone to sort out Defence.
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14/10/2011 18:17:00

Liam Fox to sort out the defence? No way! Everyone knows he is really a right winger ;-)
Pompey Half Pint
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14/10/2011 20:22:00

I have mixed feelings. SC came to us when our club was on its knees and no other mug would take us on and I'm grateful to him for that. Overall he did a good job last season, but it has to be said he was floundering badly this season, and it was time he went. The manner of his going suits everyone, he goes with his head held high and PFC get compensation instead of having to pay up his contract. Goodbye Steve, thanks and good luck a bit, although not too much! See you in a couple of weeks!
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14/10/2011 20:30:00

i predict we will beat notts forest quite easely in a couple of weeks, even though they will proberbly give us a game for 45 minutes they wont be able to score, but their manager will say how unlucky they were and deserved more out of the game and their luck will change soon, once the side has gelled....
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15/10/2011 11:43:00


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