Pompey fans beg big earners to help keep club alive

HIGH EARNERS Greg Halford, Dave Kitson and Tal Ben Haim three of the clubs high earners.  Picture: Robin Jones
HIGH EARNERS Greg Halford, Dave Kitson and Tal Ben Haim three of the clubs high earners. Picture: Robin Jones
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett Picture: Joe Pepler

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POMPEY fans are set to hand over a letter to the club’s senior players to ask them to help the club avoid being liquidated.

Members of SOS Pompey will visit the training ground today to hand over a letter to the club’s eight senior players.

It will ask the players to lower their financial demands of the club to allow Pompey to stay afloat in the future.

It comes as the club’s administrator Trevor Birch has warned that unless the players reconsider their contracts, the club is at serious risk of being liquidated.

Bob Beech, of SOS Pompey, said: ‘We’ve been told that if we don’t get rid of these players then we will have little choice but to liquidate the club.

‘Some of the players seem to be digging their heels in because they want the money that they are owed.

‘We don’t want to confront and we don’t want to threaten the players.

‘We consider them as big a victim of this as anybody else.

‘They have signed contracts and they are owed money.

‘We are trying to appeal to their better nature and explain that if they were to take a lesser pay-off then they will write their names in the history of Portsmouth Football Club.

‘Their actions will have saved the club.

‘I would like to think that one or two of them will listen and take the letter. But I don’t think all of them will.

‘Unfortunately there are a lot of players who live in a bubble. But we are on their side.’

Bob added that he hopes this could help shape the future of the club.

‘We need to know what’s happening and we need to get it sorted,’ he said.

‘And we need to make sure that this never happens again at Fratton Park, which is why we must have the fans buyout.

‘Nothing better could happen.

‘At least we’ll know that it’s honest people who don’t want to make money but want the football club in the city to thrive.

‘I just want to go to Fratton Park.

‘That’s what every Pompey fan wants.

‘We need to move forward, we can’t go on like this.’

On Friday, Mr Birch announced that more staff could be made redundant.