We've Cott to Admit it: He's Behind it All
Just a few weeks ago, Pompey fans couldn't see Steve Cotterill here for the long term. In fact, many have asked for his head, others wanted Pompey's board to bide their time before deciding and only a few wanted him to stay no matter what. That was then, and now things are slightly different!
To be honest, I wasn't sure about it all. I can't see anyone thinking of coming up with this argument again, not as yet at least. Fans are delighted things are starting to look good, with a magnificent run that has been the best in 8 seasons, something Portsmouth's fans have forgotten how to feel about. But this is happening, and it's all down to Steve Cotterill. We doubted the man, especially when players he loaned weren't up to the task, mainly Ibrahima Sonko. On Saturday he answered some questions. Carl Dickinson was another one, even though there are still many doubters who would want him out of the squad, including me.
But, we have to praise the manager because he is the man behind it all. Cotterill has managed to give us hope.
Many would have got rid of John Utaka and Dave Nugent. Both guys are having their best season ever in a Pompey shirt, especially Utaka who is giving his commitment and playing for the shirt. Even Utaka himself has commented about the positive effect Steve has had on him. Nugent is Nugent, but his confidence level has risen thanks to Cotterill who has never lost hope in him.
Another player is Jamie Ashdown. He is improving in every game he plays. He is getting his confidence back, and this is a goalie no one wanted at the end of last year, including the club's high officials!
Well, things are improving, and I can see us in the Premier League with Steve Cotterill. For some reasons he reminds me of Everton's David Moyes. Let us just hope he can do what Moyes has done at Everton.
On the negative aspect though, I fear that Cotterill was never thinking of this all. His comments on Sunday regarding this squad, are comments that I feel, were made to cover his bottom, just in case things turn around. Let us just hope that his comments were genuine and true, as we keep on hoping Portsmouth can make it back to Premiership football at the first ask.
There is also the manager of the month award which might complement such a great form. He deserves it. Written by Pompey Malta
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