Bit of a damp squib to be relegated without even kicking a ball, but that’s what happened to Pompey on Tuesday night as Oldham Athletic won 1-0 at Yeovil.
We are now once again playing football in the fourth tier of the Football League, which is where we were when I first began to support the Blues as a child.
For me, the shoots of recovery are already there.
With a settled squad, we’ve been on a decent run which has almost seen us get out of the bottom four.
If we can keep the core of the current team, along with Guy Whittingham and Andy Awford, I feel we can bounce straight back up.
The Football League should now do us a favour. As the governing body, they have allowed any Tom, Dick or Harry to buy our club.
It’s their poor tutelage that has led to our current situation, not the club’s. They should dock us those 10 points now, not next season.
Harry Redknapp may now be spending Tony Fernandes’s millions at QPR, but they’re doomed if the businessman gets bored and decides to pull out.
Again, a football team has been allowed to spend well above its earning potential.
As the Pompey phoenix rises from the ashes, can we ever make the top flight again purely on our own resources?
Well, as Norwich and Swansea have proved, the answer is yes.
Let’s set up the best possible youth policy. Let’s take a leaf out of our neighbour’s book and not just squander the young talent we can attract.
Let’s place as much importance on a youth coach as we do our first team coach.
Can we generate enough money from Fratton Park to survive? Yes. But can Fratton Park support a Premier League team?
No, not without the likes of a Theo Walcott or Gareth Bale to swell our coffers!
Although we’ll now have the likes of Torquay and Burton playing at Fratton Park, I feel there’s a really bright future for the club.
Let’s hope we get it right and internal politics and Accrington Stanley don’t beat us!