The News view: The way forward at Pompey

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POMPEY’S problems were never going to be fully resolved in a two-hour meeting. But we hope and believe that the forum we hosted yesterday will help in the effort to secure the future of the club.

Supporters, politicians and businessmen who gathered at The News Centre have sent a clear message to administrator Andrew Andronikou that the success of any would-be buyer must depend on a willingness to co-operate with fans and involve them fully in the affairs of the club.

We hope that Mr Andronikou will react swiftly and positively to the request for a meeting and to the broader call for him to involve supporters more in the effort to find a purchaser who will bring long-term stability and success.

Much work has been done by the Pompey Supporters Trust in developing a practical and workable plan for a community involvement in Pompey.

We sense that the sands are shifting in the multi-million business of football, with the government putting more focus on enabling fans to have a greater influence on the running of clubs.

Time is short for Pompey, but we believe that supporters backed by politicians, businessmen, this newspaper and indeed the whole community can play a vital part in rescuing the club from the brink of disaster.