Some Pompey fans dubbed it the result of the season. Others suggested new administrator Trevor Birch is better than any transfer deal the club could have pulled off this year.
There was largely an upbeat mood following yesterday’s latest dark day in the High Court – strange, given the fact that Portsmouth FC had just gone into administration for the second time in two years and the ensuing points deduction puts them perilously close to the relegation zone.
But the reaction was not just another show of gallows humour from the Fratton faithful who have endured so much in such a short space of time.
There is no disguising that the club is still in a perilous state and its future remains in the balance.
But administration brings with it a stay of execution, along with the halting of next Monday’s winding-up action from the tax man.
And it brings hope.
Fans are now expecting a refreshing wind of change to blow through the club’s corridors in the shape of Mr Birch and his team from PKF – chosen by the court above Andrew Andronikou and UHY Hacker Young, for whom not much love is lost among the majority of fans.
There remains much to be done, but it already appears that under the stewardship of the highly-regarded Mr Birch more credence will be given to the fantastic effort currently being put in by the Pompey Supporters’ Trust (PST) to put fans at the heart of their club’s future.
In recent weeks this drive has grown in momentum, backed by The News, MPs, council leaders and businesses as the wider community has taken up the fight.
The PST says: ‘The time has come for Portsmouth Football Club to be owned by the city and community, and a new model of ownership should be developed which will make sure the shameful events of the past few years are not repeated. Pompey fans never want to see their club in court in these circumstances again.’
There is certainly a will, so there has to be a way. Play Up Pompey!