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Coppell a win-win situation?

Just some 36-hours, or so, ago Steve Coppell was the 'latest favourite set' for the Pompey job...

Now Michael Appleton is that man, or is he?

Truth is no one, and quite literally no one, knows what is going on!!

WOTS of this came through to Vital Pompey Towers last night: 'I wish I could tell you so you'll **** off and leave me alone but the way things are hanging at the mo we don't have a Scooby as to what will happen next!'

Someone also said this to me yesterday, given the time that is being taken to find this appointment, that this 'shows Pompey are looking for, and are prepared to wait for a specific set up; I'm convinced they must be getting professional advice'.

It 'seems' that CSI very much are leaving no stone unturned and the 'realistic' options are seriously being explored before a final decision is made...

Anyway, going back to Coppell and the point of this!

Some of us, and quite rightly to be fair, have had some reservations over him given some of his previous during his 25-year managerial career although experience, and a decent track record when he does 'tough it out' has proven him to be a good manager at this, and a higher, level.

ESPNsoccernet has said the following about him: 'Irrespective of whether he gets the job on the south coast, ESPNsoccernet understands that he has decided it is the right time to return to football management.

'Coppell is believed to be ready to work under a chairman and board of directors who trust him and would be happy to prove himself all over again on a month-to-month basis, rather than demanding a lavish long-term deal

The full ESPNsoccernet article can be read - here.

The 'Coppell is believed to be ready to work under a chairman and board of directors who trust him and would be happy to prove himself all over again on a month-to-month basis, rather than demanding a lavish long-term deal' part is particularly interesting, right?

'If' this would indeed be the case then would this not leave CSI in a win-win situation with him?

In fact it suits all really, would it not.

After all of this it would 'seem' that these thoughts are somewhat irrelevant as a new managerial team is in place?

Even if it is not yet 'official'...

Apparently this will include Coppell in some way though, click here.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 4 2011

Time: 10:39AM

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The way things are going it will proberbly be someone who hasn't even been mentioned...
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04/11/2011 10:53:00

apparently not nobby... click here.
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04/11/2011 11:03:00

If those reports are true, I think it could be a great partnership, the experience of Coppell with the potential of Appleton. Here starts a new chapter, thanks to CSI, and hopefully one that will remind the fans what we are capable of.
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04/11/2011 11:10:00

A month-month manager!!! So much for stability!
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04/11/2011 11:19:00

Rapidly descending into a farce!
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04/11/2011 11:29:00

I can understand Coppell's position. I believe he has been treated badly in the past (Bristol?) and wishes to control his own destiny, without being contractually bound. Good luck to him, I hope he gets appointed.
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04/11/2011 11:46:00

Bring on Stevie Coppell!
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04/11/2011 11:48:00

Does a month-month contract show commitment and passion for the club?
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04/11/2011 12:15:00

Or does it open up the option he could leave whenever HE wants?
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04/11/2011 12:17:00

pompnut - do you believe there is any commitment in football anyway? I would like to think that if we choose him we will offer him a monthly contract up until the end of the season and then both sides can review and opt for another 2-3 years extension. championship managers have a life span of about 18 months anyway. Im not overly fussed about the length of time taken to find a new manager - we have two committed coaches doing a good job at the moment anyway and it shows CSI arent rushing in with the first decent name that approaches them! I look forward to finding out who our new man will be!
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04/11/2011 14:02:00

I think he tends to stay if he is happy and he could be here - he certainly has a pedigree of bringing through young players so its all fine with me. On another note, 2 players we could have signed did rather well for Blackpool the other night - Lua Lua got 2 and Jonjo Shelvey a hat-trick... hoping for a win tomorrow but as usual it wont be easy!
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04/11/2011 15:54:00

Why a monthly contract to the end of the season, P-P? Surely that would be a contract to the end of the season? I agree with PompNut, there is no stability in a month-to-month contract; and how can the players be enthusiastic about a manager who might not be there in 4 weeks time? Definitely not a win-win situation Rug.
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04/11/2011 16:49:00

Those who are knocking the month to month offer aren't seeing the point. It's an offer being made by the manager to the club where they ( the club) have first choice to make or break the contract; it's a demonstration of loyalty and self confidence by Coppell and is quite common in most businesses streams. In 80% of the time it results in a permanent contract and is a good way to get into a permanent position; particularly in the current climate.
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04/11/2011 17:35:00

But football isn't a 'normal' business stream Russell. A football team manager must have the respect of the players but must also be part of the team (Harry was good at that) and how can you achieve all that in 4 weeks? For the club to know all this he must have at least 6 months (imho).
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04/11/2011 19:21:00

(pressed the wrong button). Meant to add why not give SC until the end of the season with an option to renew?
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04/11/2011 19:24:00

It benifits both player and employer with a rolling contract. Both have to be happy for the relationship to continue. Players would also be aware of this and the mutual respect generated. There is nothing worse than one party being locked into a contract which cannot be broken for financial reasons.
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05/11/2011 11:39:00


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