Fans should not expect Portsmouth Football Club decision on January 15, says Pompey Supporters’ Trust

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THE Pompey Supporters’ Trust is reminding fans a definitive outcome of Portsmouth Football Club’s future is unlikely to happen within the next couple of weeks.

The trust issued the following message on its website earlier today:

‘It’s clear from the message boards and conversations with supporters and fans that many people are looking at January 15 as a hearing date and presuming that the trust will then get a definitive outcome.

‘Unfortunately this is not the case.

‘The courts have been closed for Christmas and the New Year and will not reopen until Friday, January 11.

‘On the following Tuesday, the protagonists, PKF and Portpin will report to the judge on the progress of their discussions and if an agreement has not been reached, then the court will allocate time to a hearing, if the two parties have not reached agreement.

‘If not then a new date will be sought.

‘How soon it will be will depend on a number of things; availability of both sides’ barristers and their staff, availability of a judge and of course, availability of a court room.

‘The trust remains confident that their bid is good and that their valuation of Fratton Park is fair. Hopefully January 15 will be another step closer to the community ownership of Portsmouth FC.’

It comes after the judge at a High Court hearing in December last year, adjourned the case until January 15 but gave all sides the option of making an earlier court application on 48 hours’ notice.