Copps cool over boss prospect

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DONCASTER Rovers star James Coppinger says that he is not too worried that Portsmouth might appoint a new manager ahead of tomorrow’s Championship game between the two sides at Fratton Park tomorrow.

“From a players’ prospective you can’t afford to worry too much who is in charge of the other team,” he told The Star.

“I know a team often get better results when a new manager comes in but I don’t think it matters from our point of view.

“We are just going to go down there with a game plan which we hope will produce a result on the day.”

Pompey have been without a manager since Steve Cotterill beat a strong field to take over as the new boss of Nottingham Forest last Friday and first-team coaches Guy Whittingham and Stuart Gray were in charge of last weekend’s game against Barnsley and the midweek visit to Ipswich Town.

Relegated from the top flight in 2009-10 with huge debts, Pompey failed to mount a strong challenge for an immediate return last season and find themselves in the bottom half of the Championship table.

“They’ve been a bit up and down this season but it’s not going to be an easy game,” warned Coppinger.

“It was the first time that we had played them for a while last season and we came away with a great result so hopefully we can repeat that success tomorrow.

“But, as I say, Fratton Park is not an easy place to go and the Portsmouth fans give the team great support.

“It was the first time that I had been down there last season but I enjoyed the atmosphere

“It would have been good to be going there with a result from Tuesday’s game at Blackpool (where Rovers suffered a 2-1 stoppage-time defeat) because the position we are in we need to be picking up points.

“A result at Bloomfield Road would obviously have given the lads a confidence boost ahead of tomorrow’s game.”

He added: “Like most teams in this division, their squad has changed since last season with players leaving the club in the summer and others coming in.

“They’ve added such as David Morris, who is a good midfielder, from Ipswich Town, but I still think that they’ll be a physical team, as they were last season.

“They make it difficult for you but, like I say, we did well there last season and hopefully we can do the same tomorrow.

“With people having come back from injuries, we have a strong squad and a lot of good players at the club.”