Midfielder’s message to owners

Hayden Mullins wants Pompey new owners to give Michael Appleton the proper backing
Hayden Mullins wants Pompey new owners to give Michael Appleton the proper backing
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Pompey’s next owners have been urged to give Michael Appleton the chance to do his job properly.

Hayden Mullins reports back to the Blues on Monday, along with nine other senior team-mates for a return for pre-season training.

And the midfielder has called on whoever takes the club out of administration to give Appleton the tools to rebuild the club.

Former owner Balram Chainrai looks favourite to assume charge again, after agreeing a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) with creditors last month.

But the Pompey Supporters’ Trust are still vying with the Hong Kong businessman for the opportunity to take control of their side.

Mullins spent the tail end of last season on loan at Reading as Pompey fought to lower their wage bill and stay alive.

A permanent switch to the newly-promoted Premier League side now looks out of the equation. And although an exit is still likely, the 33-year-old will be at the club’s Eastleigh training base next week as he waits to hear the way forward – for him and the Blues.

Mullins said: ‘I’m back on Monday, so I will report along with everyone else.

‘I suppose we will have some kind of meeting and we will be informed of what is going on.

‘As yet, we haven’t really heard too much, to be honest.

‘We were given a text telling us to come back in on Monday.

‘So until we get back I suppose we won’t really find out what is happening.

‘I’m sure I’ll have a word with the gaffer. He’s good like that. I know the administrator has a lot on his plate with trying to push the CVA through.

‘I’m sure things will start moving with all the teams going back.

‘Maybe that will help push things along.

‘It would be good to know where the club are going.

‘If Chainrai comes in and takes the club out of administration, he has to get it running again.

‘The manager has to be given the chance to do a few deals and get a squad together.

‘Ever since he has come in he hasn’t had a chance.

‘For a first job, it hasn’t been easy for him.’

Mullins made seven appearances for Reading at the end of last season as the Royals secured promotion.

But he believes boss Brian McDermott will be looking elsewhere for recruitments, following new owner Anton Zingarevich’s massive cash injection at the Madejski Stadium.

Mullins said: ‘They might have different targets now.

‘Being in the Premier League has probably changed things for them. That’s a massive step for them.

‘They might well have a bigger pot of money and different targets to look at. I understand that.

‘So I’m at the club until I hear differently.

‘I know things can change like they did towards the end of the season when the Reading thing came up.

‘But I have to do what helps the club.’