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CSI on Cotterill and his departure

A statement was released on The Pompey Site about Steve Cotterill's departure, although CSI also issued their own on their website - here.

It is as follows: 'Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI) can confirm that Steve Cotterill will be leaving Portsmouth Football Club (PFC) and joining Nottingham Forest, after a compensation package was agreed between the two Clubs.

'CSI would like to thank Steve for his hard work and unwavering dedication towards PFC. He took over as manager during a period of extreme uncertainty and, with the limited resources that were available to him last season, he performed admirably.

'After purchasing the club this summer, we invested in the team to enable us to challenge in what is a highly competitive league. Although the results and performances haven't been as we had hoped, we were willing to allow Steve more time to turn the situation around. However, after some consideration, Steve decided that the opportunity to start afresh at Nottingham Forest was too good to turn down.

'We wish him all the best in his new role and our attention now turns to finding the right replacement. We hope that the appointment of a new manager will enable the fans to unite and that together we can propel this great club back to where it belongs.

Is it just me or are there a couple of, how can I put it, sly little digs perhaps?

Maybe it is just me...

All in all though I think it says most of what needed to be said, good luck to Cotterill and we thank him for what he did but like him 'starting afresh at Forest' so can we.

Move on we do, starting tomorrow.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 14 2011

Time: 9:20PM

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Quite interesting, as you say Rug, when you read between the lines. Looks sincere on the first read, but says a lot without putting him down directly. Looking forward to seeing who they are looking at as a replacement.
Alty Blue
I'm with you too on this one Ruggers.. From what I've read into on all the statements it looked like he want to stay but wanted assurances that CSI were not prepared to offer... Recent performances gave him not bargaining power at PFC .. so as I mentioned on another thread he took the option to 'start afresh' and with it got a pay rise and job security .. Let's face it we would all do the same ..
As i intimated on another thread, he can hold his head high, and we can move on also. I don't think he need fear his return to FP as he did his job during a difficult tenure, so thanks for that SC. I hope however, that the next incumbent would try to play attractive attacking football at home, with an effort to utilise the whole squad available to him. Play up Pompey, it ain't ever boring !!
For me...this says more about CSI. I was initially worried abot them due to reports about one of the guys father being shot 17 times outside a Russian resturant..and the fact they were Eastern European just looked Iffy.. But.. 1. Significant funds given to SC for players. 2. FP tarted up, but no grand promices. 3. Newnegotiations with Sasha about the land. and now this..sticking with Steve initially-not just walking in and putting their own man in ,,but HEARING what the fans are saying-they have reorted that a selection of Fan site comments are collatted for them daily.. I think that the group are starting to really good for the club and will get a decent manager in for us (I have a 16/1- for promtion-1,2, or playoff- bet in my sock draw-along with Oxford and Luton in a combination) and i am starting to think it could still be on
plymouth graham
reading between the lines it doesn't seem all was to rosey behind the scenes, notts forest would't have made an approach without knowing they could get their man, clearly something went on lastweek, i believe sc had already been told results have to improve otherwise there would have to be changes, sc could have no complaints if he had got the big heave'ho, you only have to look at the dire football, falling crowds,and the no real hope that things would improve, dispite having a half decent sqaud at his disposal, the reaction of the players said it all to me none i have heard so far don't seem to be to bothered he's gone! just the usual well we have to get on with it! still tonights game should give us idea whats in store, i'm hoping the shackles will be off. and the team will be able to express its self for 90 minutes even though i don't think stuart gray and guy are the answer in the long term, time will tell.
Players reactions are always gonna be muted though aren't they .. they have to at least appear positive as they have to show they are pros.. Which is what Liam Lawrence did to be fair .. as for the other players nobody apart from Greg Halford has said anything unless I've missed something .. and his Tweet seems to indicate that it was a 'moving' departure.. he tweeted.. “All the very best to Cotts at Forest. Very heart-felt goodbye today."... So only two have made a comment ..
PlymouthGraham - so its your fault for us doing so badly, never bet on your own club its bad luck! But I really hope you win! The CSI statement just states the obvious, and with honestly. I do'nt see anything between the lines, they were'nt happy with performances and results, they were happy to give him more time, they wouldn't match the Forest offer so he went and they got compensation. What's between the lines? I wouldn't be surprised if they had a bit more cash for Jan, rumours were £5m at the start of the season and we spent £4m and it wouldnt surprise me if they had kept some back just in case because SC wasnt their appointment. I really hope t goes well tonight, it should be a good game as Barnsley are unbeaten away and according to an article i saw written by one of their fans they play some good stuff - with a young hungry manager in Keith Hill from the lower leagues. Maybe a lesson there....
i have no doubt we will be drip fed over the next couple of weeks to what really went on and how the players really feel..
Whatever happened, at least SC and CSI have remained dignified. Counts for a lot oafter what this club's name has been dragged through in recent times.
Good point Gandor, it makes a change doesn't it !

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