Erik's gone - so who said it wasn't as bad for Pompey this time?
By Site reporter
Thursday 23 Feb 2012 22:43:00
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Erik Huseklepp is not the only person forced out of Fratton Park to save money this week but he's probably the most high-profile - and he is probably also the only one to walk straight into a more secure job.

His shock loan move to Birmingham - likely to be followed by a permanent move in the summer - is part of drastic measures to cut the club's overheads and enable them to complete the season.

It wasn't long ago that Andrew Andronikou was telling us Pompey's position this time wasn't as serious as it was two years ago. But to most, it looks like it's twice as bad - and getting more perilous by the day.

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Huseklepp told how no-one was more surprised than he was to find himself on his way to St Andrews.. 'It was all very quick,' Huseklepp said. 'I heard about it on Wednesday and then everything went very fast. It was with a heavy heart that I left Portsmouth because they treated me fantastically and the fans were great with me.

'But the club came to me with this and said that they needed me to leave because of the financial difficulties they are in. Birmingham is a good opportunity for me too and I am excited to be here and I want to start playing. They are chasing the top two of course and it's a good challenge, so I'm looking forward to it.

'When you are third, promotion is probably realistic, but the most important thing is to take one game at a time and try to win every one. I've come here to do my best and to do things I know I'm good at and hopefully it will help the team.'

Pompey have at least been allowed to replace Huseklepp, and have signed midfielder Scott Allan on a one-month loan deal from West Brom.

The Scotland under-21 international joined West Brom from Dundee United last month on a two-and-a-half year deal. Pompey have said they are grateful to the Baggies for helping out again less than a week after allowing George Thorne to return to Pompey.

Those left behind are putting a brave face on things - and three players will be at Fratton Park on Friday to help sell tickets for Saturday's clash with Leeds.

Captain Liam Lawrence revealed the squad were willing to have part of their wages deferred in a bid to help the club’s fight for survival. They have also written off their earnings for January.

Pompey players met with a PFA representative to discuss how to help and Lawrence said: ‘We want to do anything we can possibly to do to help save this club.’

Lawrence and two other players will be at Fratton on Friday to help sell tickets, with fans being encouraged to pack the park and help keep the club ticking over.

Administrator Trevor Birch says a buyer needs to be found before the end of the season.

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