Expert says it will be a challenge to save Pompey

TRICKY John Beech
TRICKY John Beech
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AN EXPERT in football finance has said rescuing Pompey will be a huge challenge for fans.

Senior research fellow at Coventry University and life-long Portsmouth supporter Dr John Beech has said any plan will require the involvement of the business community if it is going to be successful.

He added that in his view it would be the biggest fan-driven rescue of a football club in British history.

‘It is very difficult because of the size of Pompey and the size of the debt,’ he said.

‘Any group would have to find enough pledges to show they would be able to eventually raise the amount needed; that was the position Wrexham were in and they raised around £500,000.

‘But in Pompey’s case it would be almost impossible to raise enough by that means to buy them out of administration, their debts are just too big.’

He added: ‘But if the fans get the message out that they are united and determined to save the club, that’s when you can get businesses, big investors and politicians involved. They have made a great start.’