Lampitt leaves Pompey

AXED David Lampitt
AXED David Lampitt
Pompey's Brett Pitman scores a penalty in the Blues' 1-1 draw against Walsall at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South.

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Pompey’s chief executive David Lampitt has left the club.

The move comes six days after Pompey were placed into administration by the High Court.

Staff were told this afternoon that Mr Lampitt had left along with his fellow board members John Redgate and Nick Byrom.

IN total 30 people have been made redundant.

Remaining members of staff were today also learning of their fate as administrator Trevor Birch looks to cut costs.

They were told by e-mail last night to turn up to Fratton Park today to discover their futures.

In today’s News, Birch had warned ‘sacrifices’ would have to be made to ensure the club survived to the end of the season.

A staff member today said: ‘It was a bit of a shock when we were told by David he was leaving.

‘A lot of other staff are worried about their jobs. It is an awful time for everyone at the club.’

The departure comes Mr Lampitt’s belief that he would survive the club’s second administration in three years.

After talks with administrator Trevor Birch following the High Court case last Friday, he said: ‘I absolutely see my long-term future being with Portsmouth Football Club, to get the club to where we are today after what happened in 2010 and with everything that has been going on in the background recently is quite an achievement.’

Bill Gillon, from Pompey On Line, said: ‘It’s unfortunate, but it’s not a surprise.

‘The club needs to cut costs and Lampitt is probably one of the highest earners outside of play, so for that reason he would always be one of the first to be looked at along with the other directors.

‘He has done a decent enough job at the club under difficult circumstances, but it needs to cut costs and this is the sort of thing that will happen.’

Bob Beech, from SOS Pompey, said: ‘I’m not surprised, it’s just one of those things. I think as soon the club went into administration there was no need for a CEO because effectively Trevor Birch is running the club now.

‘I’ve had a few run-ins with Lampitt in the past but every time I’ve met him he’s been a thoroughly professional bloke.

‘There was probably a few mistakes that these three directors made, and I’m sure they’d be the first to admit that, so it’s inevitable that new directors would be brought in to help the club move forward into the future.

‘I wish them all well in whatever endeavours they go into.’