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Cowley Welcomes Return Of Fans

Boss cannot wait to see supporters at games again

6 July 2021

Danny Cowley
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Danny Cowley is looking forward to finally managing his team in front of a passionate set of supporters.

He has only experienced behind closed doors Pompey fixtures since being appointed head coach back in March.

But the prime minister recently announced that full crowds are expected to be able to attend matches when social distancing measures end later this month.

And Cowley is looking forward to getting better acquainted with the Fratton faithful during the 2021/22 campaign.

The Blues boss said: “It sounds like good news from the government about next season and we’re certainly moving in the right direction,

“Everyone knows the importance of the supporters to this football club – I don’t think there’s a team in League One who missed them as much as we did.

“I’ve met a lot of them in the streets of Portsmouth and had some really good conversations, which is great.

“But to see people at games again will be absolutely brilliant and we want them to be watching a team they can be proud of.”

"Everyone knows the importance of the supporters to this football club – I don’t think there’s a team in League One who missed them as much as we did."

Danny Cowley

Pompey have been back in pre-season training for more than a week now and Cowley has been impressed with the squad’s efforts.

He said: “It’s all been really positive and I’ve been pleased with the attitude and work ethic of the players so far.

“Pre-season is always a challenging period and we certainly like to work them hard, but they’ve certainly brought into that.

“Most of what we’ve done so far is against the ball, so looking at our organisation and how we want to press.

“We want our team to play fast, attacking football and there will be times when you lose it, but we want to make sure that they can win it back.

“That will hopefully give them a freedom when they’re in possession, so it’s something we’ve been focusing on.”

Cowley has already made five summer signings, but knows more arrivals are required before the transfer window closes.

He said: “There’s still a lot of work for us to do in terms of recruitment, but we won’t just bring in players who aren’t good enough to take this club to where it needs to go.

“We know the level very well and what the people of Portsmouth want from their players, so we need to find the guys who can fit into that.

“There are some trialists in at the moment and it will be great to see them involved in the next couple of games, so we can make some intelligent decisions.”

Pompey are in pre-season action against Havant & Waterlooville at Westleigh Park on Saturday (3pm kick-off). Tickets can be bought online here from the home club.

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