Futacs: Wait for wages hasn’t affected players

Marko Futacs
Marko Futacs
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Marko Futacs promised the wait to be paid hadn’t had a negative impact on Pompey’s players.

The striker admitted he and his team-mates were still in the dark about when the staff would receive their money, after the club applied to go into administration.

But the Hungarian hitman insisted morale hadn’t taken a hit off the back of players not receiving their cash.

Pompey are hoping to go into administration on Friday, in a move which would free up the club’s frozen bank account.

In the meantime, staff continue to go without their wages.

Futacs, right, explained all the problems around the club had proved a test for players.

But he insisted the players are ready to echo the fighting spirit being shown by fans in the weeks ahead.

Futacs said: ‘We know nothing (about being paid). we just play football, fight and stay together like a team.

‘It’s difficult but this is why we are Portsmouth players – we have to fight.

‘I am still young but I will fight until the last minute of the game.

‘We have to stay in this division. Now the most important thing is to stay together as team.

‘We had to go out to the fans after the game, because it’s amazing they do this after we lose and stay behind us. I’ve never seen things like this, but it’s a good thing.’

Michael Appleton made his feelings known about a poor first-half performance from Pompey against Ipswich, which led to their downfall.

Futacs felt his team improved after a slow start, but were then found wanting when it came to the key moments.

He said: ‘The second-half was much, much better for us.

‘But it just seemed we didn’t have the last pass.’