Portsmouth City Council leader thanks Professional Footballers’ Association

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PORTSMOUTH City Council leader Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson has thanked the Professional Footballers’ Association for its backing of the Pompey Supporters’ Trust bid.

In a letter sent to PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor, Cllr Vernon-Jackson said the club is important for the city for its ‘contribution to sporting life’ and for the ‘excellent education and youth work’ it is involved with.

He wrote: ‘I am writing to express my thanks to you and the Professional Footballers Association for what you are doing to resolve the situation here in Portsmouth

‘I note that the late expression of interest from Mr Harris has been dismissed by the PFA.  It seems to me that it is clear that the Pompey Supporters’ Trust offer is the only long term plan realistically available to make our football club sustainable for years to come. 

‘The football club is very important in Portsmouth not just for its contribution to the sporting life of the City but also for the excellent education and youth work that it is also involved with.  As you are aware, Portsmouth City Council has resolved to make a loan available to the Trust to assist their bid to take over the club, and the city council is working hard to enable this to occur.

‘My thanks again for the support that the PFA are giving to get the ownership of the Club resolved and the Club brought out of administration.’