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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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Pompey To Be Joined In Bad Company?

It seems, according to Facebook, that Pompey's next investors have already made themselves known. Former Bad Company frontman Brian Howe, as well as American businessman Vince Wolanin attempted to buy the club back in 1997, however were outbid by Milan Mandaric. However, it seems that recently, interest in the club has been rekindled. Howe, who was born in Portsmouth, has been very outspoken of ....

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Why Pressure Will Be Off Pompey

Pompey will go to Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup under no pressure - and with as much chance of getting a result as they had when they went there in their Premier League days. While some fans were bemoaning the draw, saying any thoughts of a return to Wembley had gone already, Michael Appleton and Jason Pearce were both welcoming the tie. Meanwhile Appleton has been looking farther ....

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Five-year Plan? Pompey Boss Would Settle For A Five-day Plan Right Now

He started off with a five-year plan, but has taken not much more than five minutes to be forced into talking about taking things day by day. Pompey boss Michael Appleton has given an honest appraisal of his shock at this week's developments which have seen Pompey's owners go into administration following Vladimir Antonov's financial woes. Appleton admitted he didn't know where the five-year ....

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It's Not All Bad News For Pompey, Says Administrator

Just when you thought it was all bad news, along came Andrew Andronikou to deliver the good news. The administrator in charge of the CSI case says the Blues are not about to go under - and are in a much better position than the dark days of 2010 when the club themselves were in administration. Andronikou says there's no reason why Pompey should be deducted points and he is hopeful a new owner ....

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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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