Lampitt looks back at ‘rollercoaster’ year

David Lampitt with his family during the successful Pompey Fans' Day
David Lampitt with his family during the successful Pompey Fans' Day
Brandon Haunstrup. Picture: Joe Pepler

Gaffer: Bad feeling as Pompey head to Fleetwood

Have your say

David Lampitt reflected on his first season at Pompey admitted: It’s been a rollercoaster.

The Blues chief executive celebrates his first anniversary in the role next week after succeeding Peter Storrie.

It’s been a tumultuous period in the post for Lampitt as the club battled against the threat of liquidation.

Pompey eventually staved off that danger and emerged from administration in October.

And Lampitt believes seeing that take place has been his biggest success.

He also reckons watching Pompey put a hugely difficult start to the season behind them with the 6-1 annihilation of Leicester was another high point.

Steve Cotterill’s men did that after a seven game winless run at the start of the campaign, which left them rooted to the bottom of the table.

But the success sparked a run of 19 points from 21 which powered the Blues up the table.

Lampitt also pinpointed successes at Norwich and Ipswich as other highlights in his first year at Fratton Park.

He said: ‘It has been a extraordinary challenge.

‘It’s also been incredibly rewarding and I’ve worked with some very good people.

‘The highlight for me off the pitch is getting through the HMRC challenge and getting out of administration.

‘On the pitch the Leicester result and the first win stands out.

‘That being a 6-1 was quite something and there were a few away victories which stood out.

‘The ones that stick out for me are Norwich and Ipswich.

‘They were wins in the face of some serious adversity.

‘Also we came back from first halves where we were dominated.

‘To turn that around and get those wins were big moments. Fantastic.

‘In terms of lows, I try not to dwell on them. I guess I’m a cup half full type of person.

‘There has been some tough periods. No doubt. The January transfer window was tough. That was a difficult time for everyone associated with the club, particularly the fans.

‘I think the important thing is we’ve sought to engage with everyone involved in the club in the right way.

‘The success of the fans’ day – a day organised by the fans with a bit of support by the club – was excellent.

‘The fact we could assist in that says an awful lot about what I hope is the building of a positive relationship between the club and the supporters in years to come.

‘It’s certainly been a rollercoaster.’

Lampitt spoke of the need to build bridges with supporters again and win back their trust on his arrival at the club.

He feels the Blues are making decent in-roads along that path.

That progress in the community saw them honoured at the The News Business Excellence Awards earlier this year.

Lampitt believes that is another high and reflects the strides the club are making.

He said: ‘We have made progress.

‘I’m incredibly proud of the community award we received from The News, and what that stands for.

‘That cuts to the ethos of the club and hopefully what we have been able to do in the face of some of the difficulties we’ve faced.

‘We have taken steps in the right direction but there’s a long way to go. It just doesn’t happen overnight.

‘I remember saying early on in the job there are no quick fixes. There really aren’t.

‘The process is a long one but we are committed to completing it.’