Court’s decision means Lampitt likely to stay

Dan Smith was involved in both Pompey goals as the Blues' academy side lost 3-2 at Southend Picture: Colin Farmery

Late heartache for Pompey Academy

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POMPEY’S chief executive David Lampitt says he believes he has a long-term future with the club.

As he emerged from the High Court with new administrator Trevor Birch, Mr Lampitt said he recognised there’s work that needs to be done.

He said: ‘It’s been a very tough past two years – a really difficult period and I don’t think it’s going to get any easier just yet.

‘I absolutely see my long-term future being with Portsmouth Football Club.

‘To get the club to where we are today after what happened in 2010 and with everything that has been going on in the background recently is quite an achievement.’

Yesterday’s High Court hearing accepted Portsmouth Football Club’s application to go into administration for the second time in two years.

As a result Pompey have been docked 10 points by the Football League.

The club had requested UHY Hacker Young be appointed administrators – the same firm handling Pompey’s parent company Converse Sports Iniatives’ administration.

But Mr Justice Alastair Norris instead chose accountancy firm PKF.

Mr Lampitt said: ‘I agree with Trevor that the club needs a new owner.

‘All the fans would agree that having the right owner, rather than the one with the biggest wallet, is what we need.

‘The main point was that we stopped the club going back to court on Monday to potentially have it wound up.

‘I’m quite easy about having a new administrator. A fresh pair of eyes looking at everything will be a good thing.’

Mr Lampitt paid tribute to his staff’s hard work at the football club as they have not been paid since Christmas.

‘It has been very fraught for everyone at the club for the past two months since the external funding dried up,’ he added.

‘The staff and the players and the background staff are an absolute credit with the way they have been going about their jobs.

‘They have not been paid since Christmas and so we have to say a big thank you to them for getting us to this point.

‘It will take everyone a while to get to grips with everything.’