GUY MUST WAIT ON POM­PEY FU­TURE

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Ryan Wal­ters

PORTSMOUTH’S long-term fu­ture may now be a lit­tle clearer but man­ager Guy Whit­ting­ham will have to wait at least an­other week to dis­cover his fate as the club look to fi­nally exit ad­min­is­tra­tion.

As care­taker boss, Whit­ting­ham has stead­ied what seemed at one stage to be a sink­ing ship both on and the field – only los­ing once since end­ing a 23-game win­less streak at the start of March.

Off the pitch, Pom­pey Sup­port­ers Trust (PST) are now free to com­plete their takeover af­ter se­cur­ing a deal to pur­chase Frat­ton Park from Port­pin, Pom­pey’s ma­jor cred­i­tor, end­ing a saga that had threat­ened to see Portsmouth ex­pelled from the Foot­ball League.

Now PST must fi­nalise Pom­pey’s exit from a 14month spell in ad­min­is­tra­tion, some­thing Trust spokesman Colin Farmery is con­fi­dent will oc­cur by next Fri­day April 19 – just in time for their last home game of the sea­son against Sh­effield United.

But un­til such a deal is fi­nalised be­tween ad­min­is­tra­tors BDO and the Foot­ball League, Farmery in­sists no de­ci­sion over the man­age­rial team will be made.

Des­tiny

“The re­sult we got in the High Court was the big­gest re­sult of the sea­son be­cause it means we are in con­trol of our own des­tiny and we are now mak­ing the de­ci­sions about who runs and owns our club,” said Farmery.

“It was tense on Wed­nes­day but the end­ing was the right one and we are now in a po­si­tion to start re­build­ing our club. Now the real work starts. There are prac­ti­cal pro­cesses to go through still but we are keen to come out of ad­min­is­tra­tion as soon as pos­si­ble and in an ideal world that will be by the end of next week.

“Our tar­get date is April 19 which would be in time for the fi­nal home game of the sea­son which would be quite a cel­e­bra­tion. We hope to an­nounce the man­age­ment team when we come out of ad­min­is­tra­tion and we are ob­vi­ously keen to sort out Guy’s fu­ture. It will be a de­ci­sion for the new board to make.

“The big­gest ad­van­tage with a com­mu­nity-based model is that we will have trans­parency. That doesn’t mean we’ll tell the sup­port­ers ev­ery sin­gle de­tail be­cause we won’t want to lose our com­pet­i­tive edge.

Ac­count­able

“But what it does mean is that the Pom­pey Sup­port­ers Trust own the ma­jor­ity stake and will have three mem­bers on the board who will hold the direc­tors ac­count­able, which is a good process.”

Iain McInnes is poised to be­come Portsmouth’s chair­man while the three PST rep­re­sen­ta­tives fill­ing seats on the board will be PST chair­man Ash­ley Brown, Mark Tra­pani and Mick Wil­liams. And now in pos­ses­sion of what is the big­gest com­mu­nity-owned club in the coun­try, PST in­tends to set an ex­am­ple that other will want to fol­low.

“We want to show the way for other clubs that as­pire to play in the top flight and we feel we can do that us­ing a com­mu­nity club model,” added Farmery.

“We are work­ing on a strate­gic plan for the next four to five years but we can’t run be­fore we can walk. The deal is still go­ing on but we are am­bi­tious. Our aim is to get back into the Cham­pi­onship as quickly as is prac­ti­cal given the state of the club we are in­her­it­ing.”

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