MIKE: MY POM­PEY STRUG­GLE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

FOR­MER Portsmouth boss Michael Ap­ple­ton has lifted the lid on the cir­cum­stances be­hind his move from the south cost to Black­pool back in Novem­ber 2012.

Ap­ple­ton, 39, joined Portsmouth in Novem­ber 2011, just two weeks prior to owner Vladimir Antonov hav­ing a war­rant is­sued for his ar­rest and the club en­ter­ing an ar­du­ous spell of ad­min­is­tra­tion.

He said: “Things like hav­ing the trans­fer em­bargo sprung on me, although that wasn’t the only rea­son why I left.

“Just two weeks af­ter I had found what I thought was the per­fect job, one of the own­ers is ar­rested for al­leged money laun­der­ing – the floor broke be­neath me.”

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