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Pompey's Demand Over Taxman's Appeal

Pompey are pushing for the High Court to set an early date HMRC’s appeal against their CVA – fearing the delay the appeal will bring will further damage the club’s attempts to get back on an even keel. Their call came on a day of two-way transfer activity with the Blues taking Stoke defender Ibrahima Sonko on loan – subject to Football League approval – and Tal Ben ....


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What Next For Pompey? The Question No-one Seems To Know How To Answer

As has so often been the case in Pompey's past year, there are more questions than answer. The essential one is: What options, if any, are open to the club now HMRC have appeaed against the CVA that looked capable of taking them out of administration. No-one, at this stage, seems to know what will, or may, happen next. Can Pompey still be sold? Might HMRC actually lose this appeal? Is there ....


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Mokoena U-turn May Be So Important To Pompey

Aaron Mokoena has dropped a big hint that he may stay at Pompey – which could be welcome news if, as feared, the transfer embargo remains in place until the autumn. The South African captain is said to be interesting Bolton and Avram Grant’s West Ham now the World Cup is over, but he says his heart is at Pompey and he has been told he will get a new deal if he ....


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Why Pompey Are Fearing The Worst

Pompey are bracing themselves for the taxman to appeal against the CVA agreed by a majority of creditors a month ago – what no-one knows is what grounds it might be on, nor how much chance of success it would have. The administrators believe the fact they have not had HMRC getting in touch for talks mean they plan to take the fight further, which would cast further doubt over the ....


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World Cup Star Could Follow Diop Out Of Pompey Door

Steve Cotterill has dropped a big hint that John Utaka could be the next big earner to leave Pompey. The Nigerian could be bound for the Middle East or France following Papa Bouba Diop’s move to AEK Athens, agreed over the weekend. But Pompey hope Aaron Mokoena won’t be following them out the door. Advertisement Utaka is interesting clubs in the Middle ....


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Few Tears Will Be Shed As Diop Ends Pompey Stay

Pompey’s wage bill is looking a lot more healthy after they managed to offload Papa Bouba Diop to AEK Athens. The midfielder - one of the Blues' bigger earners - was always likely to move on this summer with the administrators cutting costs left, right and centre. And the fact is few Pompey fans will shed a tear at the departure of a player who never shone at Fratton like had at other ....


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Hawks 1 Pompey 2: Captain Nugent Opens Pompey's 2010-11 Account

It may be cricket weather but Pompey are back. And the hot weather suited them at West Leigh Park as they got their pre-season programme off to a winning start against Shaun Gale’s Hawks. David Nugent, who captained the side after indicating his interest in staying with the Blues, scored the opener and Michael Brown netted the winner. Advertisement In many ....


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Coach Role May Tempt James To Stay At Fratton

Pompey begin their pre-season friendlies programme this weekend with a yojngster in goal – but hoping David James will be back between the sticks by the time the season begins in a month’s time. The club have offered England’s No1 a coaching role on top of his playing contract in the hope that will convince him to stay, instead of prolonging his Premier League ....


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Chainrai Set To Return To The Pompey Helm

Fresh reports have emerged suggesting that Balram Chainrai is likely to become Pompey’s owner for the second time. Administrator Andrew Andronikou has told the Guardian the Hong Kong businessman has revealed a plan to buy the club through his investment company Portpin – which would dash the hopes expressed by many fans that the club could make a completely new start. It comes amid ....


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Have Pompey Anything In Reserve? Perhaps Not...

Pompey have taken their fans and the rest of football by surprise by scrapping their reserve team for the new season. They have announced they will not compete in a reserve league next season but will instead play a series of friendlies, generally behind closed doors. To many, it seems a drastic step which has left them wondering if the need for cutbacks is greater than has been ....


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Why Hopes Are Rising Over Jamo -and For Pompey's New Chief

David James’ departure from Pompey is no certainty – and that’s according not to the club but to the agent of England’s and the Blues’ No1. Talks have been held between Jamo’s camp and Pompey chief executive David Lampitt over the future of a player who could be crucial to hopes of a solid season in the ....


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Lazio Missing Out On Pompey Pair Could Be Good News

Lazio look like missing out on an £8m double swoop for Prince Boateng and Nadir Belhadj – and if the two go their separate ways instead, the Blues could net more than they thought. Genoa have emerged as favourites to land Boateng for £6m after his star performances in the World Cup. And Belhadj could be off to Qatar. Advertisement The Daily Mail ....


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They're Not Ready For The Season, But Are Pompey Ready For Pre-season?

Pompey’s varied line-up of pre-season friendlies begins on Saturday with Blues fans still finding it hard to judge what sort of season lies ahead. Steve Cotterill’s men get their warm-up campaign under way at West Leigh Park still some way off having the sort of squad that could compete in the top half of the Championship. Advertisement The weeks ....


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Pompey's Forgotten Man? Not Any More He Isn't

Not so long ago David Nugent was Pompey’s forgotten man – out on loan at Burnley and with some fans even thinking he was no longer on Fratton’s books. But now Pompey have remembered the ex-England striker – and he could play a pivotal role in the Championship campaign. New boss Steve Cotterill is working his way through his squad holding talks to determine who will be ....


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Tickets Are Going Fast At Pompey - But So Are Backroom Team

Pompey have sold nearly 8,000 season tickets – only slightly down on the number they had shifted this time last year. Chief executive David Lampitt has praised fans’ loyalty after sales picked up with the appointment of a new manager and the agreement of the CVA. The club now hope to top last season’s total of 11,400. Advertisement The figure was ....


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Keeper Conundrum Could Be Critical For Pompey

A decision that could have a big bearing on how Pompey fare next season looks like being taken within the next couple of days. That’s how soon David James is thought likely to decide where his future lies – and at the moment, the indications are it appears likely to be somewhere other than Fratton. Pompey have even made inquriries about ‘retreiving’ one of the keepers ....


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Pompey Set To Net 8m - With More To Follow

Pompey could net £8m if they successfully negotiate the sale of World Cup pair Kevin Prince Boateng and Nadir Belhadj to Lazio. Administrator Andrew Andronikou has flown to Rome to do the deal and he seems highly unlikely to come back with the duo still being Pompey players. Normally, Blues fans would be alarmed at the sale of two World Cup stars – but under current circumstances, ....


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Jamo Can Hold Head High - But That's Bad News For Blues

David James will be virtually one of a kind when he returns home with the England squad with his head held high. In what turned out to be a depressing tournament for the squad, Jamo managed two clean sheets and, despite letting in four to Germany, was England’s best player – by some distance. Advertisement Pompey fans can be proud of James for his part ....


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Jamo Pleased To Avoid Ghana - And Pompey Team-mate Shows Why

Ghana showed why David James was pleased to avoid them in the last 16 at the World Cup when they beat the USA 2-1 to make the last eight. Pompey’s Kevin Prince Boateng opened the scoring for them, adding a million or two to his valuation as the Blues to look to cash in on him. Now it’s Jamo’s turn to see if he can follow his team-mate into the ....


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England V Germany: Just Another Game, Says Pompey Man

Pompey and England No1 David James says the last-16 World Cup clash with Germany is just another game. Jamo says the England camp will ignore all the historical focus on the battles between the old foes and concentrate on trying to reach the quarter-finals, which he believes they can do. Advertisement James has kept two clean sheets since replacing Robert Green in ....


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Pompey Face New Race Against Time In Team-building Plans

Six creditors stand between Pompey and permission to start signing players again. Any of the creditors who objected to the 20p-in-the-pound deal approved by a majority last week could appeal against the move between now and July 15 – and that would almost certainly hold up the Football League lifting the Blues’ transfer embargo. Advertisement As it is, ....


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Three Parties Meet Administrators For Pompey Sale Talks

Moves to sell Pompey are being stepped up by the administrators following the agreement last week of the CVA. Talks are being held with three parties who have an interest in the club, and Andrew Andronikou says the aim is to secure a sale now, not in three or six months’ time. Advertisement The Guardian reports that Rob Lloyd, the property tycoon who ....


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One May Head From Fratton To Italy - One From North To South

Nadir Belhadj could be off to Lazio – but David Nugent could be heading for a surprise return to the Pompey squad. The Algerian left-back is a target for the Italian outfit, who have been impressed by his World Cup performances, while the idea of Nugent staying at Fratton – presumably on reduced terms – interests Steve ....


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Cotterill Reveals One Of His Top Pompey Priorities

Rebuilding the defensive strength of Pompey’s squad looks like being a top priority for new boss Steve Cotterill as he gets down to business this week. Cotterill wants to get stuck straight into moulding a team which can make an impression in the Championship and will talk to chief executive David Lampitt this week about players he would like to ....


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Cotterill's Pompey Aim? Ask Him In 10 Weeks...

New Pompey boss Steve Cotterill says he will have a firm idea by the end of August how much can be expected of his team in the coming season. At present, how much money he will have to spend – and when he will actually be able to sign players – is still anyone’s guess. But Cotterill said the summer’s developments would dictate how strong a side he could build. And he said ....


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