Whittingham refuses to buckle after points blow

It was hoped Pompey would avoid a points deduction if Balram Chainrai did not take over the club once again
It was hoped Pompey would avoid a points deduction if Balram Chainrai did not take over the club once again
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 caretaker boss Guy Whittingham shrugged off confirmation of a impending 10-point deduction and insisted: Time to crack on.

The Football League yesterday reiterated their intention to further punish the club.

That will be regardless of whether the Pompey Supporters’ Trust succeed in taking the Blues out of administration.

Although a points deduction was previously announced, it had been hoped the figure would be reassessed following Portpin’s failure to return to the club.

However, league chiefs have now clarified the situation.

The points will be removed once the Football League recognise Pompey coming out of administration.

That can be fulfilled only once Portpin’s charge is removed from Fratton Park and funds are raised by the Trust, as detailed in their business plan.

A points deduction at this moment in time would put Pompey second from bottom in League One, nine points adrift of safety.

In the meantime, Whittingham is adamant it is business as usual as he attempts to keep Pompey in League One.

He said: ‘We always took it that we would have 10 points deducted, so it is not a surprise.

‘The Football League have got to do what they do – and we will crack on with it.

‘We have always treated games as if the points had already come off us.

‘That is an approach we have taken from the start, we have had our eyes wide open through all this.

‘Nothing has changed. We just have to carry on trying to get the results on the pitch.’

The subject of Portpin’s valuation for Fratton Park will be heard on Thursday and Friday.

If the result is satisfactory for the Trust, they will then seek the ‘golden share’ to regain their membership from the Football League.