Tagged: Portsmouth

Portsmouth Prepare For Their Day In Court 9

Portsmouth Prepare For Their Day In Court

There are nine days until their big day in court, and Portsmouth are acting bullish. As they submit their statement of affairs to the court, though, what are the options available to the court if they can’t settle their tax debt in full?

The Portsmouth Revolving Door Continues Spinning 2

The Portsmouth Revolving Door Continues Spinning

“In the future”, said Andy Warhol in 1968, “everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”. It is tempting to look at Portsmouth’s ownership record over the last year or so and arrive at the conclusion that they are trying some Warholian philosophy in their ownership policy, but the truth is somewhat more prosaic than this.

Another Black Week For Portsmouth 8

Another Black Week For Portsmouth

Their website was closed for non-payment, there have been threats of resignation from Peter Storrie & Avram Grant and more protests are planned. Is there any way out of the current mess for Portsmouth that won’t result in absolute, final meltdown for the club.

Football & The Media – There’s Something In The Air 15

Football & The Media – There’s Something In The Air

The game is starting to smell rotten from the inside out, and this smell is starting to become all-pervasive to the extent that even those that have been trying to avoid the smell or don’t have a particularly strong sense of smell are starting to notice it.

A Tussle With The Tax Man 10

A Tussle With The Tax Man

Portsmouth are due in court in February over an unpaid tax bill. The club states that HMRC are being unfair, but is this merely more bluster to cover up the fact that their club is hopelessly insolvent, and even if they get through this, how might they cope with relegation?

Is Portsmouth’s New Owner The Urban Spaceman? 8

Is Portsmouth’s New Owner The Urban Spaceman?

Mark Murphy returns to one of his pet subjects today, and has a few questions to ask about why, with the news that the players’ wages weren’t paid on time again at the end of last month, Portsmouth’s situation doesn’t appear to have changed much for the better under their new owner.

Portsmouth Sack Paul Hart, But Who Will Replace Him? 2

Portsmouth Sack Paul Hart, But Who Will Replace Him?

Portsmouth’s decision to sack Paul Hart hasn’t exactly been a surprise, but the paucity of high calibre names being chosen to replace him betrays their current position. Will they go for someone that lasted just a season at Chelsea or a manager who couldn’t cope with life in the Championship?

Yes, It’s Sulaiman Al-Fahim Again! 5

Yes, It’s Sulaiman Al-Fahim Again!

Sulaiman Al-Fahim has been getting out in the press, and a recent interview with a pan-Arab business magazine caused Mark Murphy to get all hot under the collar again. He dissects what Al-Fahim said, and has compared it with what we understand has been going on at Fratton Park recently.

The “Fit & Proper Persons Test” Sting 4

The “Fit & Proper Persons Test” Sting

Mark Murphy thinks that he might have discovered that the recent rash of football club takeovers may be a sting concocted by the News Of The World to show up the football authorities’ Fit & Proper Persons Test for what it is. Is the most rational explanation, isn’t it?

Farewell then, Dr Sulaiman 5

Farewell then, Dr Sulaiman

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss? Sulaiman Al-Fahim overcame his kidney stones just in time to offload Portsmouth Football Club earlier this week, and Mark Murphy has managed to find the time to remind him not to allow the door smack him on the backside on the way out.

Is The Portsmouth Crisis Deepening? 5

Is The Portsmouth Crisis Deepening?

With Peter Storrie openly admitting that the money has run out, the players either getting paid late or not getting paid at all and Sulaiman Al Fahim now having apparently been admitted to hospital, the situation at Fratton Park seems to be unravelling with each passing day.

The Ongoing Failure Of The Fit & Proper Persons Test 3

The Ongoing Failure Of The Fit & Proper Persons Test

The “Fit & Proper Persons” test is supposed to weed undesirable types out from owning football clubs. Mark Murphy is less than convinced that it is doing its job properly, and he has some examples featuring names that you may be familiar with.