Appleton ‘embarrassed’ by Pompey’s ownership delay

Michael Appleton
Michael Appleton
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Pompey boss Michael Appleton has reflected on the club’s ongoing wait to exit administration and admitted: It’s embarrassing.

He insisted those who hold the future of the Blues in their hands are turning the bid to bring in a new owner into a sham.

And Appleton has demanded the search is resolved after Pompey’s gutsy 2-2 draw at MK Dons.

The Blues are still waiting to see what the future holds after, eight months ago, they were placed into administration for the second time in two years.

Balram Chainrai’s Portpin remain in pole position to return after talks with the Football League.

Appleton believes Pompey’s upturn in form is masking the desperate need to have the situation resolved.

‘To be honest, I think it’s a bit embarrassing,’ he said.

‘How long can you keep waiting and have this going on for?

‘I don’t want the club to turn into a laughing stock.

‘I think the people who are taking control of things are getting away with it a bit at the minute.

‘We’ve got our players going out and picking up points, so it’s taken away from it a bit.

‘That’s a good thing, I know that.

‘But from my point of view I want to strengthen the team.

‘I want to shape the squad and bring more quality in.

‘There needs to be a position where we can bring stability and give players long-term contracts.

‘They might think they are doing a good job by doing this and that at the minute.

‘But the message from me is: Hurry up and get on with it.

‘The sooner it’s sorted the better.

‘The games still come thick and fast and football can turn very quickly.

‘We can easily lose three games in a week, God forbid, but that’s the reality of it.

‘We can get a couple of injuries, a couple of players go away on international duty and we’re down to 12 or 13 players again.’

Pompey showed the strides they are making with an impressive display, for the most part, at Stadium MK.

The Blues threatened to overwhelm the hotly-tipped promotion contenders in the first-half.

Goals from Izale McLeod and Gabor Gyepes gave them the lead as they racked up the chances.

But an own goal from Adam Webster and a second-half strike from Dons midfielder Darren Potter salvaged a draw for Karl Robinson’s side, as they came back into the game.

Appleton was pleased with the quality of his team’s display as they made it seven points from nine.

The 36-year-old feels – in the face of the pressure they faced from the home side – the Blues would have folded a few weeks ago.

Appleton said: ‘We were reasonably in control at the end.

‘Three or four weeks back – with the same group of people – we would have lost that game 3-2.

‘But there is a bit more steel about us and there’s a bit more quality.

‘There’s a little bit of a different mentality about the players.

‘There’s a bit of momentum building at the minute.’