Club reassures ‘small creditors’ they will be paid

Pompey chief executice David Lampitt
Pompey chief executice David Lampitt
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POMPEY creditors who are owed £2,500 or less will get their money back in full, the club has promised.

It has been almost a year since administrator Andrew Andronikou told a crowded creditors’ meeting that club owner Balram Chainrai had promised the so-called ‘small creditors’ their money back from his own pocket.

But so far only the charities – also promised their bills paid in full – have been given their money by the club.

And the small creditors say they have not heard how long the process is going to take.

Tony Kybett, a former youth team scout for the club, said he’d been left frustrated by the lack of communication.

He said: ‘I heard nothing since a letter from the administrator last year.

‘When I rang up to try and find out I was told the lines to the finance office weren’t working.

‘But I’ve since been in touch with Tanya Robins [finance manager] and she’s been a great help.

‘They’ve got hundreds of these claims, so it’s going to take some time, and fair enough, but it was the lack of communication really.’

The club has to go through a legal process, asking each creditor to prove their debt is less than £2,500 and is able to be paid by Mr Chainrai’s company Portpin.

The charities owed money, which were the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, the Harbour Cancer Support Centre, and Faith & Football, were given their money back before Christmas.

But to pay back the hundreds of small creditors will take a lot longer.

Pompey chief executive David Lampitt said he was committed to seeing Pompey’s debts to them paid.

He said: ‘There is no shortcut in that process. We have just got to see it through in exactly the same way as the charities.

‘Even trying to fast-track charities was not straightforward. That is because there is a legal process to go through.

‘Realistically it is something we want to have completed in the next couple of months.

‘It is one of those things that should be a positive story because these guys are getting 100 per cent of their debts and it’s a fine gesture. There is no concern, it’s just a procedural matter we have got to make sure is done properly and it probably has taken a bit more time than we anticipated but it is going to happen.

‘Portpin made the invitation and will pay it.’