Trust bid wins backing of Pompey legends

Paul Merson
Paul Merson
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POMPEY legends Steve Claridge and Paul Merson are backing fans trying to take over the club.

The stars have voiced their support for the Pompey Supporters’ Trust as they wait for a decision by administrator Trevor Birch on their bid.

They are up against Hong Kong businessman and former owner Balram Chainrai, who is trying to become the club’s owner for a third time.

Paul Merson joined the club in 2002 and became a fans’ favourite after helping secure promotion to the Premier League.

Steve Claridge was born in the city and made over 100 appearances for Portsmouth FC during his career.

Mr Merson said: ‘Pompey supporters were instrumental in our promotion to the Premier League back in 2003.

‘With such a strong set of supporters, I have every faith Portsmouth FC would make a fine community club. This is why I’m backing the bid of the Pompey Supporters’ Trust to save Portsmouth FC.’

Steve Claridge added: ‘My time at Pompey was one of the most memorable during my career.

‘Particularly as I was born in the city, I already had a deep affection for the club and the two seasons I spent there will always mean a great deal to me.

‘After years of instability and mismanagement, Pompey Supporters Trust have created a unique business plan to save the club and bring back PFC to the people who care so deeply for it and that’s why I’m backing their bid.’