Pom­pey play­ers paid at last

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL -

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

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