More redundancies made at Fratton Park

Linvoy Primus
Linvoy Primus
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POMPEY hero Linvoy Primus says he is not angry after losing his role of club ambassador.

The former defender was one of four staff members to lose their jobs at Fratton Park yesterday.

Remaining staff have had salaries and working hours changed as administrator Trevor Birch works to keep the club afloat.

They were told in meetings with PKF and club representatives yesterday.

Mr Primus, who was head of liaison since his retirement in 2009, told The News he had been preparing for life outside the club before the announcement.

He said: ‘I don’t feel sad because I have prepared for the possibility of it happening, which will involve going out and sharing my story with youth groups and assisting with churches.

‘It’s not personal, I don’t feel any anger or disappointment for being one of the guys that has to go.

‘I recognise the bigger picture. If I didn’t know what the future was holding in terms of doing stuff I would be more concerned.

‘I want to thank Lucious Peart, Claire Martin and Ashleigh Emberson for helping me fulfil my role.’

He added: ‘I’ve got to be positive – one door shuts and another one opens.

‘I will be working with Faith and Football and have also had requests to go off and do stuff around the country but couldn’t because of football commitments.

‘God has a plan for my life and I don’t look back with disappointment.’

Mr Birch said: ‘We have made further redundancies, and changed the salary and working hours of other staff. We have also been speaking to the players about our plans to reduce the squad wage bill, which will involve transfers and salary reductions.

‘These are difficult decisions for everyone involved and we have not taken them lightly.

‘With no further home games left this season and with relegation from the Championship confirmed, the club has no choice but to further cut its cost base. It is important to stress that the move is in no way a reflection of the performance of anyone affected.

‘We are committed to finding a long-term solution to the club’s problems and are working hard to achieve this aim.’