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Ben Haim Didn't Put Pompey In Trouble, But May Put Them Out Of Business

  Trevor Birch says Pompey are two or three weeks away from liquidation as he names Tal Ben Haim as the symbol of where it's all gone wrong for the club. The Israeli defender will not walk away from his £36,000 a week contract and no-one wants to sign him - the sort of scenario which leaves Pompey with a financial noose around their neck that needs to loosen ....


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Another Pompey 'statement' - Another Slice Of Bad News

  You can bet these days that when Pompey put something out called a 'statement' it's not going to be good news. Some would say the same is true when Trevor Birch speaks - and that's more to do with the fires he is having to fight than any criticism of his outlook. Sure enough, another day brought another round of bad news from the club and from Birch as warnings of ....


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Gibraltar Clash Could Represent Big Step For Pompey's Youngsters

  Pompey’s clash with Gibraltar on Friday is a first chance of the season for their group of teenage hopefuls to show Michael Appleton they can do a job for him in League One. The likes of Adam Webster, Ashley Harris and Sam Magri will never have a better chance of carving out regular first-team places, with most if not all of Pompey’s senior players likely ....


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Pompey's Changing Of The Guard Gathers Pace

  The changing of Pompey’s guard is gathering pace as the departures of Erik Huseklepp and Luke Varney loom closer and Michael Appleton increases the number of trialists at the club’s summer training camp. French midfielder Julien Lopez, Greek defender Sotoris Balafas and ex-Barnsley keeper David Preece have linked up with the squad abroad – joining ....


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Pompey's New Faces Soak Up Sun - But Older Heads Are Under A Cloud

  As Pompey's potential new set of players set to work in Spain, one of the senior men left behind has accused the club's administrators of poor communication in their attempts to move high earners off the books. The ten-day training camp kicked off with a host of new faces - including former Leeds and Charlton winger Lloyd Sam, Izale Mcleod, Simon Gillett, Brian ....


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Fresh Hope For Pompey Boss In Bid To Ship Out High Earners

  Michael Appleton believes the departure of a couple more of the club's higher earners could help ease others out of the door. Aaron Mokoena and Hayden Mullins are on their way - but there are another half a dozen or so the Blues must move on to reduce the wage bill. But if Appleton hoped the opening pre-season friendly at Havant might put a few players back in the ....


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Pompey Wave Goodbye To Two More Players - And Ten More Points

  Pompey have managed to lose another two players off the wage bill - but they also appear to have shed another 10 points. Aaron Mokoena has agreed the termination of his contract and looks set to sign for Bidvest Wits in his native South Africa, while Hayden Mullins is Birmingham City-bound. But if that's two steps forward, the Blues have taken another huge one back ....


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Ashdown Set For Boro Trial As Mullins Is Linked With Birmingham

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Former Pompey keeper Jamie Ashdown is reportedly having a trial at Championship side Middlesbrough. The shot-stopper was released by Pompey at the end of the season, after spending eight years at Fratton Park. In that time he rarely made the Number One spot his own, making just 109 appearances in that time, and he ....


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Pompey Crank Up The Pressure On Awol Striker

  Pompey are investigating whether they may have grounds to cancel Kanu's contract after revealing he is in Nigeria. Administrator Trevor Birch may call in the PFA over the striker's absence, which has raised hopes the Cup final goal hero may have shot himself in the foot by failing to report for the start of pre-season training. Kanu is one of a number of senior ....


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Pompey Chase Motherwell Midfielder

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Pompey are hoping to sign Motherwell midfielder Steven Jennings if they can sort out their financial situation, according to reports in Scotland. The 27-year-old former Tranmere star is out of contract and Motherwell are looking to cut costs after the expulsion of Rangers from the Scottish Premier League put the financial viability of Scottish football in doubt. Championship side Peterborough and League One rivals ....


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The Future's Bright At Pompey Under 'impressive' Appy

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Pompey's new Head of Recruitment Luke Dowling now knows the scale of his job after the first day of pre-season training, but he is optimistic about Pompey's long-term prospects under Michael Appleton. Dowling (33) quit Crystal Palace to join the club after the Pompey boss impressed him with his enthusiasm and ....


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Well You Wouldn't Expect A Normal Pre-season At Pompey...

  Any other club experiencing an opening day of pre-season like the one that kicked off Pompey's 2012-13 efforts would have had everyone from the manager to the fans throwing up their hands in horror and disbelief. But this is Pompey, where the olny senior pros in attendance all need to be sold before the season starts and where the unbelievable is believable. Boss ....


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Hardyman Backs Young Guns To Lift Pompey's Pre-season Gloom

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Pompey Academy assistant manager Paul Hardyman has backed the club's young talent to lift the gloom around Fratton Park as pre-season training gets underway. Pompey are struggling for professionals as Michael Appleton's men return from the summer break on Monday, but Hardyman backs the likes of Ashley Harris, Sam ....


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Three Reasons Why It Could Be A Vital Week For Pompey

  Pompey will aim to start the week by taking a big step towards financial salvation ... by selling Aaron Mokoena, Luke Varney and David Norris. Although the sale of that trio would not be the end of the club's attempts to trim the wage bill to a level that propsective new owners could handle, it would be a major move towards it. Pompey boss Michael Appleton said it ....


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Pompey Line Up Targets They Can't Sign - But They Can Bring In Coach

  Pompey's new head of recruitment says plenty of work is going on behind the scenes to assemble a new squad - even though they can't actually sign targets yet. The Football League has refused to lift the Blues' transfer embargo but new man Luke Dowling appears relaxed about the obstacle. He told The News: ‘The Football League’s embargo is frustrating but ....


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Will Leeds Treble Their Pompey Buys?

  Luke Varney is reported to be closing in on a move to Leeds - with David Norris a contender to join him. Varney and Norris are available for cut-price fees as the Blues try to slash the wage bill ready for a new start in League One. Reports in West Yorkshire say Leeds boss Neil Warnock is keen on landing the pair, with talks having taken place. The Yorkshire Evening ....


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Young Fans Will Benefit From Pompey's Fanpower Cash

  At last we know what Pompey's £30k fanpower cash will be used for - and few could argue with how it will be spent. The windfall, which is the club's prize for fans winning a Twitter and Facebook competition to raise the Blues' profile, will go towards allowing local youngsters into Fratton Park for free in the new season - and hopefully finding a few new fans of ....


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Players' Boss Urges Pompey's Players To Compromise

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Pompey's high earners have been urged to agree compromise agreements with the club to save the club from liquidation - by their own union representative. Gordon Taylor, Chief Executive of the PFA, said dquad members risked ending up with nothing if they hold out for the full value of their contracts. The likes of Hayden Mullins,Tal Ben Haim, Kanu and Aaron Mokoena are all on contracts with their roots in the ....


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Appleton's Only Move Is To Move Pompey In Right Direction

  Michael Appleton believes Pompey are edging towards safety - and has revealed he has turned down other jobs to stay and get the job done that he took on when he became manager. Appleton told The News: ‘Something has got to give soon but getting the CVA last week was a step in the right direction. I survived six months of last season and it was tough. I let other ....


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Different Base Could Bring Pompey Closer To Fans

  Pompey are all set to train in their home city again after several years at HQs away from Portsea Island. The club are likely to leave their Eastleigh training ground, where they have been for almost a decade, and are on the look out for a new location in Portsmouth. Administrator Trevor Birch has admitted Pompey are looking at options as the Eastleigh ....


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Pompey's Latest Saviour? Step Forward, Tal Ben Haim...

  Tal Ben Haim has raised more than a few Pompey fans' eyebrows by claiming he wants to help save the club. It's generally accepted that the refusal of Ben Haim and one or two other high earners still at the club to cut their losses and move to other clubs is the main obstacle in the way of a deal being completed to pass Pompey into a new era of ownership - either with ....


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Friendlies Loom Large But Pompey Boss Is In Dark Over Squad

  Michael Appleton fears he may have to tackle pre-season with a dozen youngsters – and no senior players – if the club’s ability to sign new players is not sorted quickly. The Pompey boss remains in the dark over when he will be able to recruit new players, despite creditors approving the CVA put forward by Portpin on Monday. The race against time ....


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Why Threat Of Points Penalty Still Hangs Over Pompey

  Pompey are being warned they could still face a points deduction in League One – despite a creditor’ voluntary agreement to take them out of administration being agreed. It had been thought approval of the CVA would virtually guarantee the Blues could begin life in League One without the threat of a 10 or 15-point penalty – something other clubs ....


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Pompey Edge Closer To A New Start, But There's Work To Do

  Pompey are a small step closer to a new start. But they’re still some way from being completely out of the woods. The creditors’ meeting held at Fratton Park on Monday held no great surprises but did at least edge the Blues nearer to another exit from administration – and kept the Pompey Supporters’ Trust and their hopes of taking over firmly ....


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High Earners Still A Major Issue As Another Pompey D-day Arrives

  As Pompey prepare to find out a little more about at least their short-term future at Monday’s creditors’ meeting, Michael Appleton has admitted they may yet have to ‘welcome’ back two of their highest earners at pre-season training. The ongoing battle to reduce the wage bill to get Pompey ready for life in League One under some kind of new ....


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