Birch: Pompey fans will be taken seriously

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A BUYOUT of Pompey by its fans would be taken seriously, said its new administrator.

At a meeting which he described as ‘positive’, Trevor Birch also said he would encourage any prospective private buyer of the club to engage with fans’ groups.

He gave Premier League club Swansea City as an example of a successful club run in part by its fans.

The Pompey fans at Fratton Park’s Victory Lounge last night were unanimous in declaring Mr Birch and Bryan Jackson ‘refreshing’ in terms of their approach to fans.

Pompey Supporters’ Trust chairman Ashley Brown said: ‘It’s a big job to be done and we’re still in a lot of trouble, but what we have now is an administrator who is honest and well qualified to get the club out of this trouble.’

The trust’s Mick Williams added: ‘The man’s got football experience and that’s what we need.’

Colin Farmery, who runs fansonline.net, said: ‘If anyone can get to the bottom of what’s gone on at Pompey, and sell the club, Trevor Birch can.’