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Don't Risk Pompey's Future On A Google Search

As speculation - and it still is speculation, not fact - grows that Joseph Cala is set to complete his proposed Pompey takeover, the Supporters' Trust has called on CSI's administrators and the Football League to protect the club. They have issued a statement saying 'names linked to the club' raise questions over how secure Pompey would be in certain hands and calling for more than just a Google ....


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New Signing Imminent At Pompey, But Will It Be 'another Hermann'?

It's one in one out at Pompey - and if the one coming in serves the club as well over the next five years as the one going out has done for the past five years, it will be a great bit of business by Michael Appleton. That's because the outgoing player is Hermann Hrediarsson, who has run through brick walls for Pompey season in season out and become part of Fratton Park's fixtures and ....


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Pompey's Pain Over Penalty And Red Card Can Make Team Stronger

The controversial refereeing decisions which cost Pompey the chance of any points against West Ham can make them strong. So says Jason Pearce, who reckons the spirit in the camp can grow in the wake of losing to a dubious penalty and seeing David Norris red-carded, which is likely to mean him missing the next three games. Pearce felt Pompey played well against the Hammers and said Michael ....


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Hermann Set For Sky Blues Switch

Pompey defender Herman Hreidarsson has agreed a move to Championship strugglers Coventry City. The 37-year-old has found his first-team opportunities limited of late under new manager Michael Appleton and the move could pave the way for West Brom's Joe Mattock to return to the club on loan. Hreidarsson joined Pompey in 2006 from Charlton and was a member of the 2008 FA Cup winning side. A ....


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The Man Who Wants To Offer Pompey To The World

The (latest) man who says he wants to be Pompey's new owner plans to turn it into a public company if he is successful in negotations. Fans have given a somewhat weary reaction to news of another saviour waiting in the wings, but that has not dimmed the enthusiasm of the man in question . Joseph Cala is a Sicilian businessman based in the USA and Italy and says he has been locked in ....


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Pompey's Would-be New Owner ... No Ordinary Joe?

Joseph Cala has been named as the man behind the consortium rumoured to be close to a Pompey takeover. Cala, an entrepreneur based in Italy and the USA, is said to head a consortium backed by Abu Dhabi investors. His firm has interests in building undersea casinos and cruise ships and Mr Cala became involved with Italian club Salernitana last year. He is understood to have given an interview to ....


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Striker's Going Nowhere As Pompey Sweat Over Defender And Midfielder

Bristol City and any other clubs tempted to bid for Dave Kitson have been told they'd be wasting their time. The striker was reported to be unsettled in the latter days of Steve Cotterill's reign, but has spoken in glowing terms of the job Michael Appleton is doing at Fratton and he says he is perfectly happy to stay at Fratton and be a part of it. Kitson is set to be involved again as West Ham ....


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Pompey Boss Won't Get Carried Away - But Might Want New Owners To...

Michael Appleton is hoping - but not expecting - Pompey's prospective new owners will get the deal to buy the club sewn up before too much of January is over. The Pompey boss reckons now is the ideal time for them to come in and put their mark on things by allowing him to show his muscle in the transfer window and set up an exciting second half of the season. There's already one step in the ....


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Pompey Boss Wants To Say Hello, Not Wave Goodbye

Michael Appleton is determined the transfer window will not be one of more outs than ins at Pompey - and already knows who he expects to be the first arrival next week. Appleton says he is in mood - or position - to sell any players for peanuts just because the club need to make money. The Pompey boss is hopeful left-back Joe Mattock will be back at Fratton next week ready to regain his place ....


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Skipper Talks Up Pompey's Chances - And So Does Andronikou

Liam Lawrence looked ahead to Pompey's FA Cup challenge at Chelsea and said it was a 'you never know' sort of tie. Pompey's skipper believes if they can catch Andre Villas Boas' team on an off-day - of which they have had quite a few in recent weeks - they have a chance of a positive result. But it seems that hopes of Blues fans knowing who's in line to buy their club by the time they visit ....


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Pompey's Next New Owners Wait In The Wings - Good News (we Think)

On Friday, January 6, 2006, Sacha Gaydamak was presented to the media as the new owner of Portsmouth Football Club. On Friday, January 6, 2011, a few regimes later, another new owner could be in place. That's how soon the administrators are saying the deal could be done to pass Pompey into new hands after Convers Sports Initiatives went into administration. But the identity of the wold-be buyer ....


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Mattock Case Demonstrates Why Pompey Fans Have January Worries

Pompey fans face an anxious to wait to see if the club will end the month with a stronger squad - or even with one as strong as it was at the turn of the year. Michael Appleton seems as in the dark as anyone over whether he will be able to bring in loanees or permanent additions to bolster a squad that does begin to look quite thin once one or two injuries or bans kick in. The immediater worry ....


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Why Size Matters To Fratton Boss Appleton

Michael Appleton has admitted he is concerned by the size of the club's squad. He is more interested in adding to his ranks during the January transfer window than letting any player go - although with financial uncertainty again surrounding the club, how realistic that is remains to be seen. But Appleton has told The News he is not under pressure to sell players during the ....


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Pompey Can Go To Leicester Without Fear

Pompey have nothing to fear as they head for Leicester for their final game of 2012 - despite having won just once on the road since they won at the home of the Foxes in March. Blues keeper Stephen Henderson admits the Boxing Day defeat at Millwall was a setback but says they can do better at Leicester on a better surface. Henderson thought he was heading for a clean sheet in the capital unless ....


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Pompey Head For A Happy Hunting Ground, But Don't Expect A Classic

Pompey and Millwall have had plenty of Boxing Day clashes down the year and their fans have had one or two boxing clashes. Hopefully this year will bring none of the latter, but hopes of the on-pitch action amounting to a classic aren't high if past festive offerings are anything to go by. Last year's Fratton Park encounter on December 26 was a forgettable one in which David Nugent's goal ....


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Boss Wants Pompey To Sharpen Up - And Has An Idea Or Two To Make It Work

Michael Appleton wants to see a different Pompey at The Den to the one that struggled to repeat their recent good form against Southampton. He feels they were not at their best after the south-coast derby got a big build-up but believes their first away win in nine months at Burnley a fortnight ago can inspire them to another solid awayday display at Millwall on Boxing Day . Appleton takes his ....


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Pompey's Loan Loss Might Have Been Worse - But How Do They Cover It?

Michael Appleton has picked up a Christmas selection headache – but can console himself with the thought that it might have been worse. It’s come about through a West Brom injury crisis that has led to them recalling George Thorne from his Fratton loan spell, leaving Appleton short of options in that area. But the Baggies, who have recalled two loan players from other Championship ....


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Pompey's Man Of The Moment Is A Championship Man Of The Week

Joel Ward’s Southampton heroics have earned him a place in the Championship team of the week – and he says the goal is up there with the best moments of his career, and is probably his personal highlight so far. Ward got about Guly do Prado to nod in George Thorne’s headed ball across the box from a David Norris corner to rescue the Blues from a derby disaster at Fratton on ....


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Pompey Told: Stop Lambert And We Can Stop Southampton

Pompey boss Michael Appleton says his players must cut off the supply lines to Rickie Lambert if they're to stop Southampton. The manager won't win any extra points to identifying their top scorer as a big threat, but he and his scouts have clearly been studying Southampton - and have seen how they can be thwarted in recent weeksm when they have lost to Doncaster and Bristol City and drawn with ....


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Pompey Get A Pre-derby Lift From Lampitt

David Lampitt has given Pompey a pre-derby boost by revealing there is a high level of interest in the club. Days before the biggest game of the season to date, the chief executive moved to reassure fans worried that the club were in as bad a state as when they went into administration last year. He spoke out as the build-up to Sunday's visit of Southampton continued with the club outlining ....


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We Know What Derby Means To Pompey Fans

David Norris says Pompey's players realise how much the weekend's meeting with Southampton means to fans. Last weekend's matchwinner says supporters have been talking of little other than the south-coast derby for weeks and the team are desperate to win it for them. Meanwhile chief executive David Lampitt says Pompey are much better-placed to deal with their financial problems than they were ....


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Veteran Outlines What Will Fire Up Pompey For Derby

A veteran of several Pompey-Southampton clashes says the visitors' league position is the only incentive the Blues will need to be fired up for Sunday's derby. Alan Knight insists south-coast derbies are always fiery but believes Southampton's status as league leaders - which they would only lose if West Ham beat Barnsley by six goals on Saturday - will give Pompey's approach an extra ....


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Defender Says Pompey's Turf Moor Ingredients Can Sink Southampton

Jason Pearce says teamwork was the key to beating Burnley - and he wants to see more of the same when Southampton visit Fratton Park next Sunday. The defender says the way the players dug in from start to finish, nicking a goal right at the end, meant they deserved their reward. Now they can't wait to get stuck into their neighbours next week. Pearce had an excellent game as Pompey kept a rare ....


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Rocha Focuses On Football While Others Talk Points And Departures

Pompey's Ricardo Rocha is determined to end Pompey's long run without an away win by leading the Blues to success at Burnley on Saturday. But the build-up to the game has been overshadowed - both by talk of the future of certain members of the squad and fears over a points deduction. Tal Ben Haim looks set to leave Fratton soon - some will say that's no bad thing in the current circumstances ....


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Skipper Feels Sorry For Pompey's Fans And Boss

Pompey's captain believes the club are better-placed to cope with financial problems than they were last year. Liam Lawrence said the threat to the club's future caused by parent company CSI going into administration did not seem as serious as when the club itself was in administration and was at one point under threat of liquidation. Speaking as former rock star Brian Howe emerged as a ....


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