Date: 25th March 2011 at 9:30am
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When you see article titles such as ‘Pompey duo sign new deals’ floating around newsnow you, well I did anyway, automatically assume that it is players that are being spoken about.

So then you think of those looking to be out of contract agreeing new deals, or those in dispute with the club coming to a compromise. Then again these contract rebels, the disputing ones, would have signed by now if they had any intention of doing so! So on reflection that side of the equation soon is forgotten…

The ‘duo’ signing new contracts are Ian Woan and Guy Whittingham.

Both were at the club when Steve Cotterill arrived, opting to remain where they were as opposed to moving on, and he has been more than happy with them to remain by his side.

The new contracts, which run until 2013, also offer some ‘stability’ for them as they have been in positions several times over the months and years of not knowing where they would be, Cotterill said: ‘they’re both good people who have been very supportive to me during the time I’ve been here.

‘I think from any manager’s point of view, you need loyalty.

‘I never knew I would get that when I arrived because they had been given jobs by other managers.

‘But I think through a very difficult period at the football club that they’ve actually enjoyed this season.

‘They’d been through a lot before I got to the club and I think this is a justifiable reward for them.

‘They needed some stability and I’m really pleased for them.’

Continuity and stability are key factors for this club, we need a sustained period of this so keeping a management and coaching set-up in place for a longer time period than just a year or so can only benefit PFC, right?

Whilst it has previous been ‘thought’ that some of Woan’s methods are a bit ‘old school’ (perhaps) he and Super Guy have done a decent job assisting Cotterill, who I still think ‘could’ benefit from having a no.2 alongside him.

That said Cotts is very much a ‘my way or no way’ guy, so would there be any point in appointing, and adding further wages to the structure of things, of a ‘Phil Neal yes-man’ type assistant alongside him anyway!

Now for some players, and on reasonable wages, to follow suit and commit their futures to PFC too…
Nope, I will not be holding my breath either…

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