Pompey administrator plans to bring stability to club

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TREVOR Birch, Ian Gould and Bryan Jackson of PKF have been appointed as Pompey’s administrator.

Mr Birch, an ex-professional footballer, pictured playing for Shrewsbury Town in 1979, was the first football administrator – for Tranmere Rovers FC in 1987.

Since then he has held chief executive roles at Chelsea, Leeds United, Everton, Derby County and Sheffield United. Mr Birch, a partner in PKF, brokered billionaire Roman Abramovich’s takeover of Chelsea.

He will work with Ian Gould and Bryan Jackson – also partners in the firm.

Mr Jackson boasts 32 years of corporate recovery experience with football as one of his specialisms.

He has dealt with the administration of Scottish football clubs including Motherwell, Clyde, Dundee and Clydebank.

Fellow administrator Ian Gould is national head of corporate recovery at PKF.

Commenting on the appointment, Mr Birch said: ‘Our aim is to achieve an outcome that helps ensure the club’s long term survival, preferably by finding a suitable buyer. We will now begin discussions with the club’s stakeholders with a view to getting Portsmouth out of administration as soon as is practically possible. Until then, our intention is to stabilise the situation and keep the club running on a day-to-day basis.

‘Everyone involved with the club has endured a turbulent past few years and our aim is to bring some much-needed stability to the situation.

‘Quick fixes and wealthy benefactors are not necessarily the solution here – the club needs a pragmatic new owner with a sound business plan.’