Portsmouth have appointed former Notts County boss Steve Cotterill as their new Manager on a three-year contract.

The 45-year-old replaces Avram Grant who left Fratton Park to take over at West Ham United.

He guided Notts County to the League 2 title last season, winning 14 of his 18 games in charge but he left Meadow Lane in May after turning down a new deal at the club.

Cotterill began his managerial career in Ireland before guiding his hometown club Cheltenham Town to the Football League via two promotions. He then took them into League 1 in 2002 before leaving the club to join Stoke City.

He then joined Sunderland as Assistant Manager before returning to management with Burnley, where he spent three years in the Championship.

Speaking to www.portsmouthfc.co.uk Pompey Chief Executive David Lampitt said: "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's first competitive game in charge will be away at Coventry City on August 7th before travelling to The League's new boys Stevenage in the Carling Cup.

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