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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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Pompey Fans Win Race Against Time To Mount Bid To Rival Chainrai

  The Pompey Supporters' Trust have submitted a bid to purchase the club - and are confident it will be well-received alongside the rival takeover attempt by Balram Chainrai at Monday's creditors' meeting. Rosemary Penn-Newman, partner in BTG Corporate Finance part of the Begbies Traynor Group issued a PST statement which said: 'We have today (Friday) submitted a bid on ....

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Chainrai Backing Expected As Appleton Urges Pompey Solution

  Trevor Birch expects creditors to approve Balram Chainrai's latest plan to take Pompey out of administration - with hopes of a takeover by the Pompey Supporters' Trust appearing to fade. It comes as Pompey's manager warns his job will be more and more difficult the longer the uncertainty goes on. It now looks unlikely the PST will get their bid in before Monday's ....

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Pompey Fan Power Sparks 'fanpower' Rethink

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Pompey have had a rethink on how to spend the £30,000 they have won in a fans' competition - and will now allow the very people whose persistence won the prize to decide how it should be spent. The club had decided to use the money to secure a reduction in season ticket prices. But after lobbying from fans ....

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Mokoena Set For South Africa Move

Aaron Mokoena is expected to sign for the South African Premier Soccer League side BidVest Wits. The veteran former captain of the South Africa team will be leaving Fratton park after three seasons. The 31-year-old is also the most capped South African footballer, with 107 caps. Mokoena has been sought by clubs in China and Qatar but has chosen Wits. "Teboho [Mokoena] will be playing ....

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Pompey Star's Fratton Spell May Not Be Over Yet

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Erik Huseklepp says he has enjoyed playing for Pompey - and may well continue to wear the royal blue in the new season. That may not be good news for Trevor Birch, who is desperately trying to reduce the club's wage bill to make a takeover viable, but the Norwegian says he still has two years of his contract left ....

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High Earners Could Hamper Pompey's Dreams Of A New Start

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Trevor Birch has spoken of the need to keep on reducing Pompey's wage bill in order for the bids to buy the club to have a chance of being completed. The administrator believes both Portpin's attempts to take over and that of the Pompey Supporters' Trust will stall unless more of the club's higher earners can be ....

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Pompey Among The Seeds For League Cup Draw

  Pompey will be one of the seeded clubs in the draw for the first round of the League Cup - now called the Capital Cup - when it is made on Thursday morning. Despite relegation to League One, Pompey are still among the highest ranked clubs in the competion, so appear among the 19 seeded clubs in the southern half of the draw. This will be revealed on the Football ....

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Another Day, Another Fratton Departure Set To Be Approved

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Another Pompey player could be Yorkshire-bound and Championship-bound. Milan Mandaric's newly-promoted Sheffield Wednesday are reported to be bidding to take David Norris to Hillsborough. He's be following, almost, the footsteps of Jason Pearce, who has joined Neil Warnock's Leeds. News that Norris is likely to leave is no surprise to Blues fans - he was not Pompey's highest earner by any means last season but ....

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Pst Should Convince Pompey Fans Over Their Bid - Can They Convince Creditors?

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Pompey's Supporters' Trust has begun talks with the club's administrators - and has told supporters: It's clear why our bid is a better deal. The trust hopes its bid to buy the club can rival the one put forward by Portpin when creditors meet at Fratton Park next Monday to discuss possible exits from ....

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Bid To Beat Balram To The Helm Reaches Critical Stage

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   The Pompey Supporters' Trust are close to finalising the bid they hope will prevent Balram Chainrai taking back over at Fratton Park. The trust are due to meet administrator Trevor Birch in the next few days to present their community-based bid to take over the club - that after Chainrai's Portpin outfit unveiled a ....

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