Pompey are now a little over 24 hours away from Trevor Birch’s ownership deadline.
And Michael Appleton is relishing the prospect of the ‘black cloud’ finally being removed from Fratton Park.
It has been almost two weeks since the Blues’ administrator issued an extension to those parties interested in buying the club.
That was to enable the Pompey Supporters’ Trust and Portpin to progress in their attempts to finalise details and satisfy the Football League with their business plans.
Since then a third group, with involvement from Sulaiman Al Fahim, have emerged.
Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini has also indicated his interest.
Regardless, in theory the club’s ownership situation could become clear tomorrow. That would be music to the ears of Appleton, who has continued to plough on unflinchingly amid the uncertainty.
He is hoping Pompey’s future can at last be positively resolved.
‘I genuinely believe that once this club comes out of administration it will be the biggest black cloud going away and we can all start looking towards a brighter future,’ said Appleton.
‘It’s easy to dismiss what is going on off the field.
‘It’s more the timescale that is costing us. It has dragged on and dragged on for a serious length of time now.
‘It has got to the point where some of the staff are finding it very difficult, having constantly been in administration.
‘Coming out of administration would give everyone a huge, huge lift at the club – including the players.
‘There are all sorts of apprehensions you can have.
‘Sometimes you might feel you are not prepared properly but sometimes it is completely out of your hands, which it has been for 10 months now.
‘We will try to prepare them as well as we can.
‘I would love to be in a situation where we can use more than 20 players.
‘I don’t think that, apart from those first 10 days of being in the job, I have ever worked with more than 20 players.’