Football report is welcomed by Pompey trust

SHARE Front, from left, are Joe Dubock, Grant Moore and Marcus Ryan with pupils from the school council at City of Portsmouth Boys School. Picture: Sarah Standing (13192-3023)
SHARE Front, from left, are Joe Dubock, Grant Moore and Marcus Ryan with pupils from the school council at City of Portsmouth Boys School. Picture: Sarah Standing (13192-3023)
Pompey and Fulham drew 3-3. Picture: Joe Pepler

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FANS hoping to buy Pompey have hailed a government report into football governance.

The Pompey Supporters’ Trust says the Commons Culture Media and Sport Committee report into football governance is ‘hugely welcome at a crucial time’ for its takeover bid.

As reported by The News yesterday, the report issues an ultimatum to the English game – reform to make the game more financially sustainable or face legislation.

The trust was boosted by the report’s recommendation that a committee should be set up to explore the ways in which barriers to supporter ownership can be removed.

The report also highlights how Pompey’s administration in 2010 was a ‘wake-up call’ to the Premier League, according to its chief executive Richard Scudamore.

Trust chairman Ashley Brown said: ‘This follow-up report is hugely welcome at a crucial time for our own bid to buy Pompey.

‘As a trust, we wholeheartedly endorse the key recommendations, which, had they been implemented several years ago, might have meant the club not being in the predicament it is now.

‘Having been working closely with the football authorities over the past few months however, I’m confident in their ability to evolve and adapt.’

Members of the trust have been busy working behind the scenes ahead of tomorrow’s hearing at the High Court in London, where it is expected a date will be set for another hearing to determine the valuation of Fratton Park.

And their efforts have been further backed by the City of Portsmouth Boys School, whose pupils held a non-school uniform day to raise money for a share in the trust’s community bid.

The enterprising pupils managed to raise £600 towards a share and hope to hold another fundraiser to help reach the £1,000 needed.

Headteacher Mike Smith said: ‘Pompey were one of our trustees when they were in the top division before administration.

‘There is quite a long history between us and the club. There have been visits to the training ground and players coming in and doing awards events.

‘I’m a great believer in sticking with friends and we are keen for the boys to give something back to the club for its loyalty.’