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Business As Usual? For Pompey's Players, Perhaps, But Not The Rest Of Us

Last week Pompey said it was 'business as usual' despite Vladimir Antonov's unravelling financial problems. It might have been at the time, but it isn't now. Now Pompey's players are doing their best to take a similar 'keep calm and carry on' attitude which, admittedly, is about all they can do. as Convers Sports Initiatives, Pompey's owners, face up to administration, fans are wondering ....


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New Defender Is Upbeat Over Pompey - But There's Bad News Elsewhere

Fratton new boy Joe Mattock feels he is settling quickly into life with Pompey. He had a solid debut in the draw with Leicester and says the team are looking forward to improving in the coming weeks. The on-loan West Brom full-back arrived with the Blues last Thursday in a double deal that also brought midfielder George Thorne south. He admitted Pompey needed to get better after a below-par ....


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Two Players In. One Out. Owner Arrested. Business As Usual At Pfc!

Pompey owner Vladimir Antonov has been arrested in London and is being questioned over financial problems connected to Snoras Bank in Lithuania. The 36-year-old was arrested by City of London Police on Thursday after a warrant was issued on Wednesday. The news overshadowed a day of plenty of activity for Pompey in the loan market. And it casts a dark cloud over the build-up to Saturday's first ....


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Antonov's Troubles Are Water Under The Bridge To Pompey Fans...

Pompey fans are adopting a 'hoping for the best but fearing the worst' attitude after Lithuanian authorities issued an arrest warrant for one of the club's owners, Vladimir Antonov. Reaction to the latest development in the financial crisis gripping some of Antonov's interests has been mixed, but the overwhleming feeling from supporters is a weariness that they've seen it all before and won't be ....


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Home Help For Halford - But Will Blues Have A Thorne In Their Side?

Signing West Brom offcasts might not sound like the most inspirational way for a football club to move forward, but after their woeful defeat, Pompey could do a lot worse than look to Michael Appleton's old club for mid-season reinforcements. Greg Halford says Pompey's failure to pick up points in another away game, at Watford, means it is all the more important they turn in another winning ....


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Appleton Plans To Raid Baggies To Make His Pompey Fortune

Signing West Brom offcasts might not sound like the most inspirational way for a football club to move forward, but after their woeful defeat, Pompey could do a lot worse than look to Michael Appleton's old club for mid-season reinforcements. Speculation is mounting that Appleton will act quickly to strenthen his squad in the wake of his first-game disaster at Vicarage Road - and he has admitted ....


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Henderson: Appy Wasn't A Happy Chappy After Watford Loss

Stephen Henderson led the apologies to Pompey's fans after the team's latest awayday surrender - and said he did not want to say what Michael Appleton said to the players afterwards. The Blues were backed by more than 1,700 fans at Vicarage Road but as has so often been the case with Pompey down the years, a big following was not matched by a big performance. Henderson admitted the display was ....


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If You're Appy (at Pompey) And Know It Clap Your Hands

Michael Appleton says he can't wait for game number one of his Pompey reign. He is champing at the bit to get stuck into his first match as boss after a build-up lasting more than a week. In looking ahead to Saturday's trip to Watford, 'Appy' said he felt he was the manager of a 'proper' football club and one which clearly had very passionate fans. He's saying all the right things but knows he ....


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Csi Move To Allay Pompey Fans' Fears

The company which owns Portsmouth Football Club has moved to reassure fans in the wake of news the club's main shareholder has seen his bank effectively nationalised by the Lithuanian Government. CSI issued the statement after it emerged the Snoras bank, whose principal shareholder is Vladimir Antonov, the 85% owner of CSI, PFC's parent company, had gone into administration with several hundred million dollars unaccounted for. The full text of the statement read; 'In the light of the recent ....


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Pompey Look To Consult On Next Season's Prices

Pompey say there will be cheaper season tickets in parts of Fratton Park - but have stopped short of promising prices will go down for everyone. Chief executive David Lampitt says the club are doing what they can to boost attendances now and will look at initiatives in the summer to get even more people back to Fratton. Ticket prices are an obvious major factor in dwindling attendances at ....


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New Prices Are Just The Ticket To Woo Missing Fans

Pompey have made a major move to start driving up attendances in the second half of the season. Lower-cost half-season tickets are going on sale in an attempt to halt the decreasing numbers attending home games. Meanwhile Pompey appear in the box seat to sign a prospect currently plying his trade in the Conference South. ADVERTISEMENT Pompey are averaging home ....


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Appleton: Pompey Are Top-half Material

Michael Appleton begins managing Pompey's squad on Monday by telling them: You should be in the top half of the Championship. The new manager believes the top half is a reasonable target given the strength of the Blues' squad, and he is relishing the chance to get stuck into thr task of getting them there. He has been studying DVDs of recent games and is impressed at how they have done - but ....


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Appleton: My Backroom Team Is Already In Place

Michael Appleton's willingness to work with Pompey's existing backroom staff may have been a factor in him getting the manager's job. He has pledged not to bring in his own coaching staff and promised Stuart Gray and Guy Whittingham their Pompey futures are assured. And he has shot down talk he will look to bring any West Brom staff, such as ex-Pompey keeper Dean Kiely, with him to Fratton. His ....


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Michael's The Appleton Of Pompey's Eye

Exactly ten years to the day after suffering a serious training-ground injury which was to end his career, Michael Appleton will realise a long-held dream of sending a team out as a full-time, permanent manager. The 35-year-old will take charge of Pompey for the first time at Watford a decade on from an accidental collision with his then West Brom team-mate Des Lyttle that left him with a knee ....


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Pompey Preparing For Appleton Unveiling And Guy's Happy With That

As Pompey prepare to secure a deal to make Michael Appleton their new manager, one of the men who has done the job for the past month says he has enjoyed it but is perfectly happy to go back to a less-high-profile role. Guy Whittingham had praise for his fellow caretaker Stuart Gray and the players as he prepared to hand over the reins of office to Appleton, over whom Pompey are now said to be ....


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I Didn't Have To Prove A Point To Ex-pompey Boss

Dave Kitson has told of his relief at putting away a chance against Nottingham Forest that allowed him to forget his late miss at Crystal Palace. The Pompey striker got the crucial second goal against Steve Cotterill's team when he headed in an Erik Huseklepp corner but he denied he had a point to prove to his old manager, who he reportedly didn't always see eye to eye with. Kitson said the ....


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Why Hodgson's Ready To Congratulate Pompey

Roy Hodgson says Pompey will deserve congratulations if they land his assistant Michael Appleton as their new manager - and he won't stand in his way. The Blues are thought to be in talks with the Baggies about compensation for Appleton, who they want as the replacement for Steve Cotterill. Meanwhile two-goal hero Erik Huseklepp is refusing to rest on his laurels after his super show against ....


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Hodgson: Pompey Job Is Up To Appleton

In his post-match conference, West Brom manager Roy Hodgson has said Michael Appleton is weighing up whether take the Pompey manager's job. Appleton (36) has been strongly linked with the post in the past 48 hours and Hodgson's remarks seem to indicate Pompey's three-week hunt for a new manager may be coming to a close. West Brom are keen to hand on to Appleton, but after spending the past nine ....


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Will Baggies Trouser Pompey's Compensation Cash?

Michael Appleton appears to be today's dish of the day as far as the vacant Pompey manager's job is concerned - as Guy Whittingham, Stuart Gray and the players try to keep their focus on making a sure a win over the previous incumbent is on the menu. Assistant West Brom boss Appleton has come from nowhere to be the latest in an admittedly-long line of hot bookies' favourites to replace ....


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From One Steve C To Another For Pompey?

Reports suggest Steve Coppell is set to be named Pompey's new manager by the time the Blues take on Nottingham Forest on Saturday. The former Manchester United and England winger and Crystal Palace, Reading and Bristol City boss was named as Steve Cotterill's likely successor by talksport commentator and ex-Quay radio football supremo Sam Matterface. It comes as pressure grows on owners CSI to ....


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Pompey Scorer Sets Higher Standards For Palace Trip

Pride Park scorer Jason Pearce says Pompey are keen to put their derby despair behind them with an improved performance and a better result at Selhurst Park on Tuesday night. Pearce had the gloss taken off his first Blues goal by the fact it was only a consolation after the side's woeful first-half showing against the Rams, who were three up at the interval. Now the September player of the ....


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Can Pompey Do Us Proud At Pride Park?

Wins at Derby have been few and far between in recent times for Pompey. The only two occasions they have won there since the late 1960s have been in a promotion season, and a promotion near-miss season. Perhaps that means a victory is overdue this weekend - perhaps it means that if three points are secured, a brush with promotion could be on the cards again. In fact, an away win at Pride Park ....


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How Pompey Can Have A Top 10 Hit

Guy Whittingham has the Championship's top ten in his sights as he prepares the Blues for the weekend's visit to Derby. The stand-in Fratton boss reckons Pompey have played well enough to gain some reward in all but one of their games this season but knows they will have to be at their best to get anything at Pride Park against his old pal Nigel Clough's team. Whittingham has also paid credit ....


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The Importance Of Finding The Right Man For Pompey

The list of contenders for the Pompey job has reportedly grown to more than 50 - but the men doing the job at the moment have reiterated they are merely the caretakers and have no desire to get the job on a permanent basis. The name game gets more complicated by the day with still no indication from Convers as to when the new manager will be chosen. Guy Whittingham and Stuart Gray are holding ....


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Mixed Reaction To Latest Name In The Pompey Frame

Mixed views from fans have followed news that Mark McGhee has declared his interest in the Pompey manager's job. He spoke to The News after he was spotted in the Fratton director's box for the win over Doncaster at the weekend. Although the former Brighton and Reading boss said he was there on Saturday as part of his role working for Scotland manager Craig Levein, he says he is interested in the ....


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