Arrival of new administrators brings a fresh hope to Pompey fans

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FANS have welcomed the appointment of Trevor Birch and his colleagues as administrators for Portsmouth Football Club.

Despite the team losing 2-0 away to Barnsley on Saturday there is a new air of optimism.

Scott Mclachlan, Pompey Supporters Trust spokesman, said: ‘Everybody is excited, to be honest.

‘There was a real air of genuine positivity that this finally signals the turning point.

‘He’s a football man. They are really serious players in the administration game.’

Mr Birch has said he wants to meet the fans. Trust members hope that will happen soon so they can lay down their bid to save the club through a community buy-out.

Mr Mclachlan added: ‘There’s nobody out there who is going to come in with tens of millions of pounds.

‘Businessmen will come in, borrow money and lend it to the club.

‘That’s not the way Portsmouth FC should be running in the coming years.

‘It needs investment by the city that wants it to succeed.’

Former chief executive Peter Storrie also praised Mr Birch, saying: ‘I know him from his days at Chelsea and Everton. He knows football.’

Mr Storrie added that he believed Portsmouth FC was still ‘very sellable’ and needed a serious buyer who would bring ‘hope and stability’.