“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.
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.
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.
Sacha Gaydamak has been giving his side of the story as Portsmouth sink deeper and deeper into the mire, but how reliable are his recollections? Mark Murphy has a look at what he has been saying.
The cold air that is whistling through football isn’t solely as a result of the recent wintry weather. HMRC are on the move, and their aim is to recoup taxpayers’ money from football clubs that haven’t been paying their bills.