Pompey set for more points pain
By Dan Brett
Thursday 12 Jul 2012 17:03:00
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Pompey are set to start next season with a ten point deduction.

This comes after the Football League stipulated that any agreement in approving a new owner would have to meet a set of stringent requirements.

Administrator Trevor Birch was quick to issue a statement onto the club's official website, voicing his disgust at the League's latest actions.

He said: “We are extremely disappointed that the Football League has decided to impose yet another penalty on the club.

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“I think most people would agree that the 10-point deduction imposed last season was sufficient, particularly as it played a huge part in the club’s relegation to League One.

“The fans, players and staff have suffered enough for something for which they weren’t responsible. We feel it is unjustified for the club to be punished further.

“We’ve made it clear to the League that Portsmouth needs all the help it can get at the moment, which makes today’s decision very harsh.”

The ten point deduction was top of this list, effective from the club's League One campaign – adding further woe to the supporters, who will see their third points docking since 2010

The statement released by the League also states that all 'football creditors' must be paid in full, leaving local businesses once again out in the bitter cold, once again tossed aside by English football's governing bodies.

Also, only a proportion of the club's secured debt will be allowed to be taken forward after the new owner is put in place, meaning that a large section must be wiped out before any new leader can put their stamp onto the football club.

Portsmouth were buoyed by the departures of midfielders Hayden Mullins and Aaron Mokoena early today – with Mullins signing a two-year contract with Birmingham, and South African star Mokoena agreeing to tear up his contract.

This will free up a large portion of the club's wage bill, which has to be lowered to meet criteria of takeover set by both Balram Chainrai and the Portsmouth Supporters Trust.

However, the wages of David Norris, Tal Ben Haim, Liam Lawrence and Marko Futacs still remain on the books – but an exit for Nigerian striker Kanu could be imminent.

Birch added: ““We’re making headway with the wage bill reductions - Hayden Mullins and Aaron Mokoena have left today, and I expect three or four others to follow very soon.

“Kanu has also effectively indicated his intention to leave the club. This means that well over half of the club’s 10 top earners are now close to disappearing from the payroll.

“There’s still some way to go but we are beginning to clear the log jam that is currently blocking the completion of the sale of the club.”

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