The Pompey Round Up 18th June 2012
So whats new? We have actually had some good news, shocked? so were we.
One of our players who was regually seen sitting on the bench or in the stand has offically left the club. This frees up vital cash flow for the club and may help to ease the impending threat of closure.
We also had some great news with the first game of the new season to be played at home against our new closest league rivals.
Opening fixture 2012 –
Today the League 1 fixtures for the 2012/2013 were announced. Portsmouth have drawn a home start against our new League 1 closest rivals Bournmounth. What a great way to kick of the new football season, hopefully the team won’t be so depleted by the time this game comes around that we can bag our 1st win on the road to promotion!
Pompey forward pledges to club –
The Huseklepp joined Pompey last summer in a £1.9million deal, and made a big impact with the fans before the club fell into administration and he was loaned to Birmingham City.
Pompey’s relegation to League had sparked speculation Huseklepp could be sold ahead of next season, but the 27-year-old insists he won’t be asking to leave.
To be far isn’t every single player on the squad speculated to leave? If a club wants a Portsmouth player, any of them, then I’m pretty sure that the powers in charge would sell them in a flash!
“I don’t regret coming to Portsmouth,” he told The News. “As things stand, I still plan to enjoy my time here because I will be back for next season.
We seriously hope Erik stays at Pompey for the new season as I think he would rip apart most of the defenses in League 1.
Some GREAT News came Pompey’s way (about time)!
Former South African captain and Pompey regular, not this past season, Aaron Mokoena is to sign for PSL side Bidvest Wits, his agent revealed.
The Portsmouth defender has agreed terms to move back home after spending over 13 years in Europe.
“Various clubs wanted to talk to him but Aaron is very interested in getting back and being part of the exciting project at Wits,” said Paul Mitchell.
After arriving from Blackburn Rovers in 2009, the 31-year-old made 19 appearances as the cash-strapped south coast club were relegated from the Championship last season.
This is great, great news for Pompey as it means one of our bench warmers departs to free up some vital cash for new talent and club survival.
More Players look to leave as Birch invites interest
The pair spent time away from Fratton Park last season with Lawrence having a spell at Cardiff City while Mullins enjoyed a brief stint with Reading.
Both players are expected to leave the club this summer as Pompey look to cash in on their assets in an attempt to avoid further punishment from the FA.
Pompey have already reduced their wage bill as both Jason Pearce and Joel Ward have left the club for Leeds United and Crystal Palace respectively.
“There is talk about Liam and Hayden, although the clubs are not falling over themselves to do business,” Birch told The News.
If only Birch could mastermind the departure of Tal Ben Haim we could all sleep at night.
Pompey Supporters Trust Lawyer Issues Liquidation Warning to Players
The Professional Football Association are potentially claiming nearly £24m from Pompey, but Fanshawe says they need to compromise on the figure.
It is the major stumbling block preventing the Portsmouth Supporters’ Trust from making a rival bid.
“They (football creditors) are the guys who are preventing the deal from going through,” Fanshawe told BBC Sport.
Under insolvency rules, football creditors such as players and agents are entitled to the whole amount of money they are owed both in wages and in payments to compensate them for having their contracts cancelled early.
“If the club goes into liquidation and the assets are sold the club will lose it’s league status, and the football creditors will get nothing so it’s a very serious issue that has to be resolved”
He added that to date no official bid had been made by the PST but hoped they could still rival Balram Chainrai’s Company Voluntary Agreement offer to creditors.
Creditors are due to vote on that offer, currently standing at 2p in the pound on 25 June.
Portsmouth Supporters Trust to table rival takeover offer
The Portsmouth Supporters’ Trust (PST) has begun talks with administrator Trevor Birch as it closes in on tabling a rival bid to Balram Chainrai.
“Hopefully we will have two bids for creditors on 25 June,” PST spokesman Scott Mclachlan has said.
Chainrai has offered creditors 2p in the pound as part of a Company Voluntary Agreement.
But Mclachlan says the PST may be able to better that offer.
“We now have a platform to work from and we hope we can offer better than 2p in the pound.
Good news and bad there but some real results with a couple of our big wage palyers looking to have been moved on. Fingers crossed this is the start of some positive momentum for PFC.
Play up Pompey!