It will be no holiday for Pompey this summer

Fans will want to know where David Nugent's future lies
Fans will want to know where David Nugent's future lies
Mo Farrah after missing out on a gold medal
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Pompey are like a good murder mystery – you’re never quite sure what to expect next.

Stand by for another summer with more questions than answers.

Will the proposed takeover go ahead?

If so, will the new regime show the club some love and invest some money in the squad?

And what if there is no takeover?

Is top-scorer David Nugent going or staying?

If he is off, how do the club replace his goals?

Who will Pompey get to replace lost loanees Greg Halford, Ritchie de Laet, Jonathan Hogg, David Cotterill and Ibrahima Sonko?

In the end, Pompey finished 16th in the Championship, which is far better than what most Blues fans feared last August.

Back then, a paper-thin squad returned from a chaotic USA tour lacking in fitness, and Pompey predictably slumped to the bottom of the table.

The deal which brought Liam Lawrence and Dave Kitson from Stoke, with Marc Wilson going the other way, was shrewd business by manager Steve Cotterill.

But the workload on a small squad was always going to mean fatigue would have the last word.

Four players deserve special mention for their consistency – player-of-the-season Hayden Mullins, Greg Halford, keeper Jamie Ashdown and 14-goal Nugent.

The manager must at times thought he had entered some kind of madhouse in the early months of his tenure – but must take credit for keeping the ship afloat.

The fans were excellent, too – fully sympathetic to the club’s plight.

Whether they will continue to be quite so understanding is another matter if Pompey fail to push forwards next season.