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Pompey And Sven: How Axed Eriksson Could Affect The Fratton Boss Bidding

Sven Goran Eriksson's sacking at Leicester is set to complicate Pompey's search for a manager. The Swedish ex-England boss was linked with the Pompey job when Sulaiman Al Fahim was in the process of buying the club from Sacha Gaydamak - a line that seems laughable now but excited plenty at the time - and may again find himself in the bookies' lists of contenders for the Fratton hotseat after ....

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I'm Happy To Help Pompey Score - And To See Us Climbing The League

Pompey's latest goal 'assistant' celebrated setting up their opener against Doncaster by predicting their rise up the table is set to continue. Stephen Henderson, who has impressed since taking Jamie Ashdown's place at the start of the month, made Luke Varney's opener against Rovers with a long goal kick that was touched on for Varney to poke the ball past Neil Sullivan. Henderson said he was ....

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Whittingham Warns Pompey About Dean's Donny

Guy Whittingham has warned Pompey of the threat Dean Saunders' Doncaster will bring to Fratton Park on Saturday. Rovers - who won 3-2 at Pompey just under a year ago - had a great start under Saunders, who played in the same Aston Villa side as Whittingham in the 1990s, but have suffered a couple of defeats on the bounce. Pompey's stand-in manager spoke about the Blues' next challenge as he ....

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Surprising Claims Made About Post-cotterill Pompey - As Successor Hunt Moves On

As Pompey continue their search for a new manager, Dave Kitson has raised a few eyebrows by saying that the team can play in a more relaxed manner now Steve Cotterill has gone. Kitson was careful to stress the former manager had gone with the players' best wishes, but his general message implies felt the players, or at least many of them, felt they could express themselves on the pitch because ....

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Stand Up For Pompey Fans' Right To Choose How They Watch Football

The choice of standing up or sitting down could be coming back to Fratton Park. Before anyone has visions of the club ripping out thousands of Fratton's seats, that's not about to happen. But a national campaign to give fans the choice of safe standing areas as an alternative to seats-only is gathering pace all the time - and is winning plenty of support in the Portsmouth area. On Thursday ....

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Cotterill On His Way - So Who's Next For Pompey Hotseat?

Despite a week of silence, no-one can say they are too surprised - but Steve Cotterill is on his way to Nottingham Forest. Cotterill was at Pompey's training ground this morning to say his farewells to players and staff before heading to the City Ground where he is understood to have signed a three-year deal. His move is no surprise after Pompey twice cancelled his weekly pre-match meeting with ....

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Cotterill Talk Goes On, But Pompey Midfielder Has Mind On Other Things

As Pompey headlines are dominated by the Steve Cotterill 'will he, won't he?' saga and Nottingham Forest, the players are trying to keep their minds on the small matter of getting back to winning ways at home to Barnsley on Saturday. They may not be too sure who their manager will be when they run out for the televised teatime game, but they do know they are expected to start picking up wins in ....

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Why Would Forest Want Pompey Boss? Here's Why...

Nottingham Forest believe Steve Cotterill's ability to run a club at Championship level on a shoestring could make him their ideal new boss. The Pompey manager is reported in some quarters to be favourite for the vacancy caused by Steve McClaren's departure. Many Pompey fans have said Cotterill should go if he is even considering the move - while others have expressed concern about who the ....

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Could Pompey Get Caught Up In Championship Boss Merry-go-round?

Pompey fans have had a mixed reaction to news that Steve Cotterill may be wanted by either Bristol City or Nottingham Forest. Both clubs are reported to have put Cotterill on their list of contenders for their managerial vacancies, although there has been no official comment from Ashton Gate or City Ground, nor any reaction from the Pompey boss himself. A number of Pompey fans are desperate for ....

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Pompey Boss Reveals Key To Squad's Future

Steve Cotterill is doing his best to dispel the myth he doesn't like putting his faith in young players. The Pompey boss has often been accused of being too quick to rule out a younger prospect and move him on - but now he insists some of the youngsters at Fratton Park have important roles to play. A number of them were given a chance to shine - which they took - against FC Rostov last week, ....

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One Pompey Player Wants To Get Leaner - And Strikers Need To Get Meaner

Two of Pompey's recent recruits have been talking about their short-term ambitions - and they include losing a bit of bulk and getting the team to start taking more of their chances. Hungarian under-21 international Marko Futacs says he is hungry for regular football and has been given advice by Steve Cotterill on getting himself a little leaner to give himself a chance. Meanwhile on-loan ....

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No Rebuild, No Move, But Fratton Changes Are Planned By Csi

Fratton Park owners CSI have promised to tart up Fratton - but it looks like there could be a long wait for the ground to be redeveloped. Convers are asking fans how they want the Blues' home to be revamped, but are ruling out a major rebuild or a move to a different stadium in the short to medium term. They plan to consult local experts on stadium improvements, and have revealed they are in ....

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Forest's Steve Out Of A Job - But Pompey's Steve Isn't Being Blamed For Their Woes

Pompey's start to the season hasn't been a great deal better than that of Nottingham Forest, where Steve McLaren has paid the price with his job. But at Fratton, the Blues' latest loss - a 1-0 defeat at Leeds - has had skipper Liam Lawrence hurrying to defend boss Steve Cotterill and insisting: It's the players who must take the blame. Lawrence said 'game of two halves' performances from Pompey ....

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Pompey Aim To Be Pass Masters - And They Do Like It At Leeds

Anyone who thinks the Championship is an easy division to get out of would do well to cast their minds back to April 2004 when Pompey meet Leeds this weekend. That was when the Blues travelled to Elland Road in the Premier League - and Leeds have been trying to get back in the top tier since. They've even dropped down to League One in the intervening time - so anyone who thinks Pompey should be ....

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Benjani's Work-rate Isn't What It Used To Be

Steve Cotterill believes Benjani won't chase every ball in every game like he did in his first spell at Fratton - and says that can make him a better Blues player than he was before. The Fratton boss said the striker's work-rate was excellent but felt he had learned in the time had been away from the club that some balls were not worth chasing. Cotterill says Benjani's confidence will be ....

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Why There's No Blame Game At Pompey

Pompey's players have vowed not to play the blame game over the howlers that cost them the points against Peterborough. Jamie Ashdown let one shot slip through his fingers in a shaky first half before Erik Huseklepp's injury-time own goal sealed victory for Posh - three days after he had scored a similarly-timed winner for Pompey against Blackpool. But Hayden Mullins says the pair have the ....

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Dreams Of A Winning Run Spices Up Posh Clash For Pompey

Steve Cotterill is right that one win can change a team's fortunes dramatically - we will go a long way to finding out whether the victory over Blackpool will alter Pompey's destiny when they get back into home action against Peterborough on Tuesday night. Many have been quick to point out the defeat of the Tangerines came a year to the day after last season's first Championship victory, the 6-1 ....

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Wonder Goal Will Help No End As Erik Adjusts To Pompey Life

Pompey goal hero Erik Huseklepp admits he is still trying to get used to the high tempo of English football. His dramatic first goal for the Blues - a volleyed 94th minute winner against Blackpool on Saturday - will have put him well on the way to making his mark in the Championship. And the Norwegian has heaped praise on his team-mates and Pompey's fans for making him welcome on the south ....

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Cotterill Says Pompey Must Make Up For Letting Down Fans

Pompey manager Steve Cotterill has told restless fans: We want to get some wins on the board for you. The boss said last week's defeat at Hull was the first time his side had deserved to lose this season - and vowed they would go all out to put it right at home to Blackpool and Peterborough over the next few days. Cotterill said the players knew they had let themselves and the club down in the ....

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Players Want To Right Pompey Wrongs

Pompey's players are itching to get back on the pitch and repay the fans who suffered their woeful defeat at Hull by beating Blackpool. Aaron Mokoena says the back-to-back home games against Ian Holloway's side and Peterborough are massive for the Blues after they lost successive games on the road. Meanwhile Steve Cotterill insists that bad luck has been one of the factors in Pompey's low ....

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Pompey's Owners Refuse To Run Before They Can Walk (or Build Proper Toilets)

Sensible words outlining a sensible plan for growth - no, that's not a summary of what's happened so far at the Liberal Democrats' conference; it's what Pompey's latest owners have produced as they plot how their tenure will unfold. CSI have gone public on their proposals for Pompey and they have spoken of the high priority they are giving to improving the infrastructure of the club ahead of any ....

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Pompey Knew Hull's Strengths - And Failed To Snuff Them Out

Greg Halford held his hands up and admitted Pompey had only themselves to blame for coming home from Hull empty-handed. The defender said they knew Hull's strengths - and which foot Robert Koren could shoot with - but failed to do anything to stop the hosts hitting them where it hurt. Halford also accused the referee of making an error in sending off Luke Varney - saying the Blues coulsn't ....

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Repeat Of West Ham Effort Can Get Reward For Pompey At Hull

Pompey's trip to Hull is another tough - but no tougher than last week's visit to West Ham, says Steve Cotterill. The Fratton boss says his team acquitted themselves well at Upton Park and can gain reward from the KC Stadium if they do so again this weekend. He also said the spirit in the camp is as strong now as it was when the Blues went to Hull last year and played despite fearing the club ....

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How Man City Star Dzeko Can Inspire Pompey's New Team

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill says Edin Dzeko's emergence as a major threat for Manchester City this season is proof that his new-look Blues side should not be expected to achieve immediate success. Dzeko had a quiet start to his career at City but has been a revelation this term - and Cotterill says that is proof that even the best players need time to adjust to new surroundings and new ....

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Pompey Pay Tribute ... Defender Cleared ... Opponents On The Up

Pompey are pitching in to raise money for the families of the tragic Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team. The Blues, who are part-Russian owned, have agreed to help the plight of families hit by the tragedy by playing Rostov on Wednesday, October 5 at Fratton. It's Pompey's second major friendly of the season after they travelled to face Real Betis during the international ....

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