Tag: Portsmouth

Portsmouth’s Nine Point Deduction Kicks In

As Portsmouth slid into administration, the grim reality of their predicament could be seen from a cursory glance at the bottom of the Premier League table. The club is, of course, bottom of the table, but they have been there much of the season. The unpleasant added bonus is that they are now cast adrift at the foot of the table on ten points, after the nine point deduction – pro-rata’d down from the usual ten points to take into account that Premier League clubs only play thirty-eight league matches over the course of a season – for entering into administration kicked in. Premier League survival now seems all but impossible. They are seventeen points adrift of Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United, the two clubs that sit uncomfortably just above the relegation places, with just nine matches left to play. Their relegation could be sealed in as little as three or four games’ time. Although perhaps understandable in their current desperation, Portsmouth’s standing among supporters of other clubs has hardly been helped by a sense that they were trying to wriggle out of a punishment that many other clubs have already been sanctioned with. Even today, Peter Storrie, the discredited former Chief Executive who stays at Fratton Park as “an advisor” (nobody has yet successfully explained what the difference between the two actually is) stated, without showing the...

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Portsmouth & The Premier Leagues Air Of Dry Rot

A million miles removed from the opulent lives of the millionaire players and the neatly coiffured executives, the reality of Portsmouth’s financial desperation came home to roost. It didn’t, however, come home to roost for those that can afford it or those that are to blame for this whole sorry mess in which they find themselves.

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Pompey Trust Prepares For The Worst

Portsmouth beat Birmingham City 2-0 at Fratton Park yesterday afternoon to reach the FA Cup finals for the second time in three years. This in itself is a remarkable achievement considering the absolute chaos that is unfolding behind the scenes at the club, but it seems likely that any financial benefits from this will be the equivalent of applying a sticking plaster to a gaping wound.

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Portsmouth’s Five O’Clock Shadow Must Be Removed

It is, as if you hadn’t already noticed, open season on Portsmouth. There had been precious little sympathy for the supporters in the club in the media, but when it was confirmed that the club were back in court over a challenge by HMRC over the legitmacy of them placing themselves into adminstration, the gloves came off.

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Portsmouth’s Administration – Postponement Or Salvation?

The mask now seems likely to slip. After seventeen years of wearing a mask of opulence and limitless wealth, the Premier League self-made reputation as The Richest League In The World will face its most severe test yet, as Portsmouth face the inevitable and collapse into administration.

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