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Cotterill and Weld leave Fratton

Cotterill and Weld leave Fratton

The news of Steve Cotterill`s departure has not yet been officially announced but Chief Executive David Lampitt has told Sky Sports News that the search for a replacement starts now. 'We are going to take our time and do that properly and make sure we get the right long-term appointment for the football club and somebody who matches the ambitions of the club and the owners` he said adding 'We are not going to rush into that, but certainly that process starts right now.`

Just who will replace Cotterill after just sixteen months in charge is anyone`s guess with no candidates yet to throw their hat into the ring. Names doing the rounds though are Sean O`Driscoll, Dave Jones, Billy Davies, Steve Coppell, David James, Linvoy Primus, Steve McLaren and many more. The like of experienced Premier League managers such as Alan Curbishley, Gordon Strachan and Martin O`Neill can probably be discounted as too expensive for the club still paying off their CVA.

The Pompey Trust have issued a statement thanking Cotts for what he did but in all honesty Steve did a wonderful job last season keeping the club afloat despite all the problems however this season with a squad more like the one he wanted to build, results have been disappointing. The problem really lies with the strike force being unable to scores goals as all of the defeats this term have been by a single goal.

Pressure was beginning to grow from some factions of supporters so perhaps this move is best for all concerned. The club have to move forward quickly now and appoint a new boss, with no assistant manager these chances of promotion within are remote.

Paul Weld

Meanwhile one of the quiet men at the club has announced his very well-earned retirement. Paul Weld joined the club back in 1973 as assistant to Club Secretary Jimmy Dickinson and took over from Jim when he took over the reins as manager. Paul will step down at the end of the month.

One of the most loyal and long-serving employees in the history of the club, Paul has overseen nearly four decades of ever-changing fortunes.

Paul has worked through nine changes of ownership, 19 different managers (maybe 20 before he retires), encompassing two periods of administration, four relegations, four promotions, one FA Cup final triumph, one FA Cup final defeat and a season in Europe! He has seen the club sink to the old division four and back up again for two spells in the top flight. To me a fan for even longer he seems to have been at the club for ever.

Paul a lifetime Pompey fan will retire to spend time with his wife and family while continuing to follow the club.

It is sad that such a great club servant should announce his retirement on a day when it will be completely overshadowed by another departure from the club. All at Vital Pompey wish Paul a long and happy retirement.


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Date:Friday October 14 2011
Time: 4:03PM


Clap clap Paul Weld - Loyal Servant... Good Luck Cotts... Search hard Lampitt & CSI ... Good Luck Stuart & Whitts... but most of all what was the patronising piece of crap from the Trust ..
We urge the always loyal Pompey Fans to support the team on the pitch during the next three games as the team will no doubt need a lift, we always find a bit extra when we are up against it, so lets show why we call ourselves the best Fans in the country.
They get right up my nose with their pomp and self important arse licking
14/10/2011 16:31:00
Not a big fan then Chixy??!! lol
14/10/2011 17:01:00
Blimey!!! and they've always spoken so highly of you Chix ... :-)
14/10/2011 18:20:00
Sorry fellas.. but it just peeves me that they feel the need to issue an 'official statement' as if they are the voice of Pompey fans... and then dare to suggest that we need instructions on how to support the team... Compare it to the comment from the official site..
Portsmouth Football Club would like to thank the fans for their continued outstanding support and are sure they will show their magnificent backing for the Blues when Barnsley visit Fratton Park.
Now that shows respect for the fans ..
14/10/2011 19:15:00
.. maybe I'll issue a statement on behalf of Vital ..

Come along now children let's put our hands together and clap those jolly nice fellows in the blue and white attire who work so hard for us each and every Saturday. We know our combined clapping with inspire the chaps to great things and lets not forget that we are all clever folks and pat ourselves on the back in the process
14/10/2011 19:41:00
Chix... with oratory like that, a career in politics beckons. Defense secretary maybe :-)
14/10/2011 20:58:00
A big thankyou to Paul Weld a loyal servant to the club, and a really nice man, i think csi will find it really hard to replace him. more so than sc.
15/10/2011 11:33:00
Defence Secretary Corny .. With the way I attack things we'd be at War within a week (lol)
15/10/2011 12:08:00
I'll second that about Paul Weld nobby, his leaving the club has been over shadowed by SC's departure, but he's a living bit of Pompey FC.
15/10/2011 12:58:00
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