Pompey players paid at last
PORTSMOUTH’S players finally received their December salaries on Thursday, a week late.
The club announced that it had obtained funds on Thursday morning and paid the cash straight into the players’ bank accounts.
A club spokesman confirmed that the players had been paid after the chief executive, Peter Storrie, had pledged that the issue was on the brink of being resolved.
Storrie had earlier said: “As far as I am aware everything is going through to their accounts today. Payment should be there, I am pleased to say.
“Obviously it is not the best scenario in the world to have this situation happening, but finance is a major problem in world markets at the moment.
“The owners are trying everything they can and they have obviously managed to find this in the last couple of days.
“I am told funds were received, so therefore it’s a question of the process and however long that takes to go through, but I’m told it should all happen today.”
Storrie also insisted that players would not be sold on the cheap in order to help ease their financial crisis.
He added: “I’ve had one or two calls and I think one or two people think there is some sort of fire sale going on. That is not the case. If we have to sell players, we’ll sell them for their market price and not a knock-down price.”
Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena opted this week to stay at Portsmouth, turning down an offer from Wolves manager Mick McCarthy.
Pompey’s executive director, Mark Jacob, said the club’s affairs were “looking more promising today”. – The Independent