Appy wants quick answers

123105_NOTTINGHAM_22/9/12''Michael Appleton. NPower League 1 action, Nottingham County FC V Portsmouth FC at Meadow Lane, Nottingham.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (123105-945)
123105_NOTTINGHAM_22/9/12''Michael Appleton. NPower League 1 action, Nottingham County FC V Portsmouth FC at Meadow Lane, Nottingham.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (123105-945)
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Michael Appleton has requested face-to-face discussions with Pompey’s new owners at the earliest opportunity.

With Portpin looking increasingly likely to beat the Pompey Supporters’ Trust to take charge at Fratton Park in the near future, the Blues boss is keen to avoid the public slanging match that broke out with Balram Chainrai back in August.

Appleton branded Portpin ‘unprofessional’ after his playing budget was slashed just days before the start of he season – to among the lowest in League One – when he had already been told to work to a different figure as he recruited players.

Chainrai then hit back by ending his interest in regaining control of the club, although he changed his mind again soon afterwards.

But with Portpin in pole position once more, Appleton is hopeful he will now finally be given an opportunity to plan the club’s future.

He said: ‘I haven’t spoken to them (Portpin) for a while.

‘But from now on, anything has to be done sensibly around a table.

‘Let’s sit down – whether it is Portpin or the Supporters’ Trust – and tell me exactly what I can and can’t do.

‘Whoever takes over, we would need to sit down immediately and go through the plan for the club.

‘What’s the budget? What are the chances of us doing things in January?

‘If you get an increase in your budget, you can start doing things straight away.

‘But if we have to manoeuvre things in January, we can start planning now.

‘That’s the one thing we have never been able to do.

‘All the planning I did through the summer was completely demolished in one week.’