Pompey’s Blame Game

We have been waiting for this since November – but that doesn’t make it any better. The new manager, the younger team, and games like the awayday at Blackpool notwithstanding, no one has been able to fully enjoy the simplicity of Championship survival. That is because, when the first shoe hit the floor in November, we learned that ‘self-sustaining’ really meant ‘injection of a £10.5m loan from the new owner with more needed to keep the club running for the rest of the season.’ It soon became clear to those who watch such things closely that there was a internal battle-royal going on behind the closed doors of the club. With Balram Chainrai back in the frame as the controlling money-lender and Administrator Andrew Andronikou at the helm of stricken CSI there was an instant conflict of interests between the money men and the club’s executive management, led by CEO David Lampitt. The failure to cash in on players during January and the frozen bank account as a result of HMRC’s winding up order left the club’s home fixture against Ipswich on Tuesday 14 February in some doubt. Players and staff unpaid and a rumour that the electricity was about to be cut off made that clear. The next move  had to come before HMRC’s petition was heard on 20 February. Finally the second shoe dropped. On Monday afternoon...

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