Hateley: Liquidation would be a Pompey tragedy

Mark Hateley in action for Pompey in 1984
Mark Hateley in action for Pompey in 1984
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Mark Hateley admits he is ‘keeping his fingers crossed’ for Pompey as the club bids to stave off liquidation.

The ex-Blues and England striker knows a thing or two about off-field problems from his work as ambassador at another of his former clubs, Rangers.

The Scottish giants are currently awaiting an SPL vote on whether they will be allowed to take their place in next season’s top flight after they were consigned to liquidation.

And Hateley – who netted 25 goals in 44 appearances for Pompey before a £1m switch to Italian side AC Milan – is hoping the Blues don’t follow suit.

‘It looks like I’m a bad omen,’ he said.

‘Two of my former clubs have been in administration and are fighting for their futures.

‘It’s obviously not nice to see what’s been happening at Portsmouth.

‘I only had a year there as a player but it was a fabulous year.

‘It would be a real tragedy if they went out of existence and I don’t think anybody in football would like to see that.’

Hateley became Pompey’s record signing in 1983 when he arrived from Coventry for £190,000 – and quickly became a real fans’ favourite.

He said: ‘I had a great understanding with the supporters and I know what the football club means to them, as it does up here with Rangers.

‘They are a fanatically-supported club that has been poorly managed off the pitch.

‘The supporters there deserve a lot more, but a football club will never die.

‘Even if it goes into liquidation, it can always be reformed and that history will always remain.

‘No-one likes to see that happen, so it’s going to be a long hard summer for the fans.’

He added: ‘It would be great to see Pompey survive and for someone to come in and have a real go at getting the club back where it should be.

‘I’ve got all my fingers crossed for the club.’