Worst kept secret??
Steve Cotterill appears to have emerged as favourite for the vacant Manager's job at Portsmouth with Brendan Rodgers, once successful at Chelsea and more recently a failure at Reading, as his closest competitor. Andrew Andronikou has done his best to all but confirm an offer being made to Cotterill with certain comments that he has made to the Press so this could turn out to either be the latest worst kept secret at Pompey or a clever smoke screen prior to unveiling a surprise choice as soon as our new Chief Executive settles into his post next week.
So what do we make of Cotterill if indeed he does get appointed as Avram Grant's successor?
The choice of Manager at a club rarely wins universal approval at a football club and certainly the vote appears to be very divided on who should be the next man at the helm if the poll in The News is anything to go by. My own opinion is that he is a better proposition than, for example, David James because I think we need somebody with at least some managerial experience to steady the ship right now.
He probably edges it over Rodgers because the former Chelsea man has mainly gained his experience at Youth Level and I suggest that his CV would present a similar picture to that of Paul Hart. Other possible candidates include Glen Hoddle, Gareth Southgate, Eddie Howe, Alan Curbishley and Paul Jewell. To be honest, links with Curbishley, Hoddle and Jewell, have been used so often in the past that they can quickly be dismissed. Gareth Southgate is a possibility I suppose. His roots are down in the South of England and of course he is keen to get back into football. He also has good experience but has he got the attributes to be a success? I'm not sure ...... but then again I was critical of Tony Pulis a few years ago and couldn't see him becoming a success anywhere either. As for Eddie Howe; if anybody deserves some success in the game it is Eddie Howe. So unlucky in his playing career it's great to see him have such a good season with Bournemouth and, with more experience then he could be a 'maybe' but I think it's too early. Oh, and Mourinho has gone to Real Madrid so we can forget that one too.
No doubt Andrew Andronikou will step forward and tell us all as soon as he can - if he hasn't already done so.Written by Dave_S139
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