Jackson sees a future for fans’ ownership at Pompey

TALKS Administrators Bryan Jackson, left, and Trevor Birch at a meeting with the Pompey Supporters' Trust members at Fratton Park earlier in the year. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (120615-493)
TALKS Administrators Bryan Jackson, left, and Trevor Birch at a meeting with the Pompey Supporters' Trust members at Fratton Park earlier in the year. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (120615-493)
Conor Chaplin could start againsyt Plymouth. Picture: Joe Pepler

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POMPEY joint-administrator Bryan Jackson believes there is no reason why the club cannot be owned by the fans.

He has been working behind the scenes while partner Trevor Birch works round the clock to secure the club’s future.

Talking to The News, Mr Jackson revealed Pompey’s situation is ‘still critical’, adding the contracts of the three remaining players were ‘sticky’.

But he was hopeful of agreements being reached by all parties ahead of the August 10 liquidation deadline set by Mr Birch.

On the Pompey Supporters’ Trust bid, he said: ‘There’s no doubt they are great supporters. Most clubs have a great section of fans but some stand out more than others.

‘There are some fans with real focus – Pompey is a one-club city as well which makes it something special.

‘The trust is having problems with trying to generate enough cash to satisfy everyone, but I have always believed fans’ participation is possible.

‘My first Scottish Premier League job was with Motherwell. When they came out of administration I managed to get the supporters’ trust represented on the board.

‘There’s no club without the supporters. Shutting them out is the worst thing we can do.

‘I fail to see any argument with supporters running a club but they have to be the right management. If it could happen at Pompey I would be absolutely delighted.’

Mr Jackson was the administrator which oversaw a fans’ group make a successful takeover of Scottish league club Dundee in 2010.

Ironically, Dundee are now looking forward to a season in the top flight at the expense of Rangers following the Scottish giants’ meltdown.

Mr Jackson added the administrators were ‘buoyed’ by the departures of Kanu, Erik Huseklepp, Luke Varney and Greg Halford.

He said: ‘There are three deals to do but the problem is they are massive amounts and potential deal breakers – they are all sticky.

‘We’re not against them, we are trying to compromise and it’s about getting them to believe that if we close down they won’t get a penny.

‘I am hopeful. Logic will surely prevail.’