Chairman Michael Eisner reveals Portsmouth hopes for the future amid further 'dreadful' challenges

Michael Eisner has urged the Pompey family to remain united in ongoing challenges posed by coronavirus.

Saturday, 26th December 2020, 8:13 am
Pompey chairman Michael Eisner has delivered his festive message to Blues followers. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey chairman Michael Eisner has delivered his festive message to Blues followers. Picture: Joe Pepler

The Blues are top of the League One, yet without another match in 2020 following an outbreak of the pandemic among their squad.

Meanwhile, like so many others, the club have struggled financially in a bleak climate, with football income streams devastated since the initial lockdown in March.

Still, Pompey will enter 2021 with hopes of finally earning a passageway to the Championship and the resumption of normality to society.

And their chairman has shared his optimism for the future in a festive message.

In a statement on portsmouthfc.co.uk, Eisner said: ‘With Pompey sitting top of the table on Christmas Day, I would, in normal circumstances, be writing to you all in a happy and buoyant frame of mind.

‘However, while football is a major part of our lives, unfortunately – as has been the case for most of the year – events outside of the sport continue to take centre stage.

‘As difficult as 2020 might have been, we have to try to remain positive and continue to support each other, as we have done throughout this terrible pandemic.

‘We remain in daily contact with Mark, Kenny and everyone at the club. Despite not being in the UK, technology allows us to easily communicate with them.

‘I am sure that, one way or another, each and every one of you would have been affected by this dreadful virus. My thoughts, love and wishes – and those of my family – are extended to you all.

‘I look forward to a time, hopefully soon, when we can once again travel to Portsmouth, and specifically Fratton Park, to share with you the passion we all hold for this amazing club.

‘Have as great a festive period as possible during these trying times – and please stay safe.

‘From my family to yours, we want to wish you all a very happy and merry yuletide, and a healthy and prosperous new year.

‘Finally, as always, Play up Pompey!’

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