Fans will savour Pompey’s new footballing identity

Ian Foster. Picture: Colin Farmery
Ian Foster. Picture: Colin Farmery
  • Former Coventry City coach Foster is part of Cook’s new-look backroom
  • Cook won the League Two title and reached the League One play-offs at Chesterfield
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THE Fratton faithful are to be presented with a footballing identity to savour.

That is the verdict of first-team coach Ian Foster, who is convinced Paul Cook’s philosophy will delight supporters.

You will be able to identify Paul’s teams and if that’s the kind of football you like, which I am sure most fans do, you will appreciate it

Ian Foster

Pompey’s boss established a reputation for playing attractive football at previous clubs Sligo Rovers, Accrington and Chesterfield.

Now he has brought his winning brand to Fratton Park, with the remit of earning promotion from League Two.

Foster and assistant manager Leam Richardson have also joined Cook on the south coast.

And the former Galway United and Dundalk manager is convinced fans are in for a treat.

Foster said: ‘With Paul you can expect to have honesty, integrity, transparency and you will be able to see his philosophy.

‘If you are a Portsmouth fan and it is 2pm on a Saturday and you are thinking of going to Fratton Park and wondering what you might get, well I don’t think you’ll have to wonder any more.

‘You will know exactly what you are going to get.

‘You will be able to identify Paul’s teams and if that’s the kind of football you like, which I am sure most fans do, you will appreciate it.

‘It was evident when we were both managers in Ireland. Paul likes to play fast, free-flowing, attacking football.

‘Above all, what you want to be associated with is winning football – and he is.

‘It’s not just about having this passing philosophy and creative philosophy, it is also winning.

‘He has developed a style of football, but he is also successful with it.

‘You cannot win every game of football.

‘But we are certainly trying to win every game in the right manner, trying to entertain the supporters.

‘It has been a trying time for everyone at the football club and I appreciate that, but the club has recruited Paul, Leam and I to come in and change that culture.

‘It is not going to happen overnight.

‘But one thing we won’t lack is the hard work to turn it around and bring the success everyone is after.’

Cook is back from holiday as Pompey continue efforts to strengthen.

And Foster has stressed the importance of the squad enjoying their football under the new regime.

He added: ‘The three of us all have our values as men and I think that comes through when we coach – we try to help the players enjoy it.

‘We want them to have a smile and enjoy working hard – and it will be hard, there is no getting away from that.

‘How Paul sets his teams up and how we play in and out of possession, it’s hard work and the players will be made aware of that from day one.’