Row erupts on Twitter after Brian Howe visits Pompey training ground

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A ROW erupted on social media after Pompey supporters were unhappy with former Bad Company frontman Brian Howe visiting the club’s training facilities.

People took to Twitter to express their anger after pictures were shared of him with Pompey manager Paul Cook.

When the club was looking for a new owner, Mr Howe had spoken against the Pompey Supporters’ Trust taking over.

But Pompey spokesman Colin Farmery said in a statement he invited Mr Howe to the training ground.

Mr Farmery said: ‘It was totally at my initiation. Brian has been a notable, vocal and public critic of fan ownership. Much of his criticism has been, in my view, ill-informed.

‘I invited him along to the training ground to see for himself the progress the club has made under supporter-ownership.

I invited him along to the training ground to see for himself the progress the club has made under supporter ownership.

Pompey spokesman Colin Farmery

‘I’m pleased to say Brian seemed genuinely impressed with what he saw.’

He added: ‘I’m sorry that some people whom I regard as good friends are upset by Brian’s visit and there was never any intention to cause distress.

‘In two-and-a-half years Pompey has made some strides and I’m very proud with what everyone has achieved. I will want to take any opportunity to share that success.’