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Portsmouth appoint Steve Cotterill as manager

Steve Cotterill
Cotterill has been appointed as Avram Grant's successor

Steve Cotterill has been appointed Portsmouth manager after signing a three-year contract at Fratton Park.

The 45-year-old replaces Avram Grant, who left the beaten FA Cup finalists to take over the reins at West Ham.

Cotterill left Notts County at the end of the season after guiding the Magpies to the League Two title.

He must reassemble the Pompey squad as the cash-strapped club prepares for life in the Championship after relegation from the Premier League.

Cotterill told BBC Radio Solent that he had the chance to work at Pompey in 2002, but as the club's assistant manager.

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"It was a difficult decision in 2002 to not come then but to be here as manager is fantastic.

"I'm delighted, I've got a right buzz, I just can't wait to see the stadium full of the passionate fans we have.

"We want to get back in the Premier League, I'm under no illusions of how tough it will be but that would be our aim."

Pompey chief executive David Lampitt welcomed the arrival of Cotterill, saying: "Steve is the perfect fit for the rebuilding job we want to do here.

"He's talented, ambitious, energetic and positive, with a very good footballing CV, coming here on the back of a great achievement at Notts County.

"We've got lots of challenges ahead and like the rest of us here at the club Steve is ready to tackle them head on to bring stability and long-term success to Pompey."

Cotterill began his managerial career at Sligo Rovers, before guiding his hometown team Cheltenham into the Football League in 1999.

He then had spells at Stoke and Sunderland, where he was assistant manager to Howard Wilkinson, before taking charge of Burnley for three years.

Cotterill joined Notts County on a short-term contract in February and guided them to the League Two title, overseeing 14 wins and one defeat in his 18 games in charge and conceding only six goals during that spell.

But the former Bournemouth striker turned down a new deal at Meadow Lane after his contract ran out at the end of May, claiming the budget he had been offered at Notts was too small.

After a season of financial turmoil at Portsmouth the club's future appeared to be placed on steadier ground on Thursday after creditors backed a deal which should see the club exit administration this summer.

The administrators will repay creditors at least 20p in the pound over five years. The south-coast club's unsecured creditors are owed a total of £105m.

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see also
Portsmouth creditors accept deal
17 Jun 10 |  Portsmouth
Portsmouth start against Coventry
17 Jun 10 |  Championship
Hull City eye in-demand Cotterill
16 Jun 10 |  Hull
James eyes Portsmouth boss role
21 May 10 |  Portsmouth
Pompey confirm Cotterill interest
25 May 10 |  Notts County
Cotterill turns down Coventry job
19 May 10 |  Notts County
Grant resigns as Portsmouth boss
21 May 10 |  Portsmouth

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