THE RISE AND FALL OF PORTSMOUTH

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE PLAY-OFF FINAL -

MARCH 2002:

For­mer di­rec­tor of football Harry Red­knapp re­places Gra­ham Rix as Portsmouth man­ager, lead­ing the club to the Di­vi­sion One ti­tle just over a year later.

NOVEM­BER 2004:

Red­knapp kept Portsmouth in the Pre­mier League in 2003-04, but re­signs as boss af­ter a dis­agree­ment with owner Mi­lan Man­daric over the ap­point­ment of Ve­limir Za­jec as di­rec­tor of football.

DE­CEM­BER 2005:

Af­ter Za­jec and French­man Alain Per­rin have brief spells in charge Red­knapp re­turns hav­ing led arch ri­vals Southamp­ton to rel­e­ga­tion from the Pre­mier League. Red­knapp, aided by the takeover of Pom­pey by Alexan­dre Gay­damak, sees the club sur­vive.

MAY 2008:

Hav­ing led Portsmouth to within a point of Euro­pean qual­i­fi­ca­tion in 2007, the good times con­tinue to roll for Red­knapp as Pom­pey win the FA Cup for the first time since 1939 with a 1-0 vic­tory over Cardiff.

OC­TO­BER 2008:

Red­knapp leaves for a sec­ond time but Tony Adams, step­ping up from an as­sis­tant role, man­ages an his­toric 2-2 draw with Ital­ian gi­ants AC Mi­lan in the UEFA Cup at Frat­ton Park a month later.

MAY 2009:

Adams is dis­missed in Fe­bru­ary but for­mer youth team coach Paul Hart leads Pom­pey to safety be­fore they are bought by United Arab Emi­rates busi­ness­man Su­laiman Al Fahim.

OC­TO­BER 2009:

De­spite the sales of top earn­ers like Peter Crouch, Syl­vain Dis­tin, Glen John­son and Niko Kran­jar, the club ad­mit some of their play­ers have not been paid. Portsmouth are bought by Ali Al-Faraj, with Al-Farim re­tain­ing a ten per-cent stake, and two days later for­mer tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Avram Grant re­turns as di­rec­tor of football.

MARCH 2010:

Grant re­places Hart as man­ager in Novem­ber with the club bot­tom of the Pre­mier League but a month later HMRC file a wind­ing-up pe­ti­tion. This is dropped, but new owner Bal­ram Chain­rai places the club into ad­min­is­tra­tion to avoid liq­ui­da­tion.

MAY 2010:

De­spite rel­e­ga­tion Portsmouth reach an­other FA Cup fi­nal, los­ing 1-0 to Chelsea. Grant steps down soon af­ter.

AU­GUST 2010:

Portsmouth ad­min­is­tra­tors agree a CVA and bring the club out of ad­min­is­tra­tion. Chain­rai com­pletes his takeover.

OC­TO­BER 2010:

Portsmouth is­sue a state­ment say­ing it ap­pears likely the club will now be liq­ui­dated, but key cred­i­tor Alexan­dre Gay­damak an­nounces the next day that he has reached an agree­ment which could save their fu­ture. Hours later Portsmouth come out of ad­min­is­tra­tion, with Chain­rai re­gain­ing con­trol of the com­pany.

JUNE 2010:

Steve Cot­ter­ill ar­rives as man­ager and leads Portsmouth to 16th in the Cham­pi­onship.

JUNE 2011:

Con­vers Sports Ini­tia­tives, owned by Rus­sian Vladimir Antonov, com­plete their takeover of the club. Cot­ter­ill joins Not­ting­ham For­est in Oc­to­ber and coaches Stu­art Gray and Guy Whit­ting­ham step in. Michael Appleton ar­rives in Novem­ber.

NOVEM­BER 2011:

A war­rant is is­sued for Antonov by Lithua­nian pros­e­cu­tors in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­leged as­set strip­ping at Lithua­nian bank Bankas Sno­ras. Antonov is ar­rested and re­signs as chair­man the same month.

JAN­UARY 2012:

Portsmouth are is­sued with a wind­ing up pe­ti­tion by HMRC for more than £1.6 mil­lion in un­paid taxes.

FE­BRU­ARY 2012:

Portsmouth go into ad­min­is­tra­tion for sec­ond time in two years, bring­ing them a ten-point de­duc­tion.

APRIL 2012:

Re­ports from ad­min­is­tra­tors PKF re­veal Portsmouth are £58 mil­lion in debt. Ten days later Pom­pey are rel­e­gated.

DE­CEM­BER 2012:

Portsmouth start League One with their en­tire play­ing squad leav­ing and are de­ducted ten points a month af­ter Appleton leaves to take over at Black­pool, Whit­ting­ham be­comes care­taker boss.

APRIL 2013:

Portsmouth exit ad­min­is­tra­tion when the Pom­pey Sup­port­ers’ Trust’s bid to buy the club is com­pleted. Whit­ting­ham made full­time boss de­spite rel­e­ga­tion to League Two.

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