Things are not well at Fratton Park.
Portsmouth’s players and staff have had payment of their wages delayed for the third time this season, amid ongoing financial struggles at the club.
The wages for December should have been paid on 31 December, but the payments will not be made until 5 January.
Pompey have seen Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs apply for a winding-up order against the club in relation to disputed tax contributions.
The club is also operating under a Premier League transfer embargo.
The ban relates to outstanding debts that Pompey owe to Arsenal and Chelsea for the signings of Lassana Diarra and Glen Johnson respectively.
And French club Lens have called for Portsmouth to be “shut down” over alleged unpaid debts owed to them for striker Aruna Dindane and defender Nadir Belhaj.
Payment to Portsmouth’s players and staff was also late in September and November, but a club statement concerning the latest problem said: “The club has been assured of receipt of funds by Tuesday and the owner and board have been working hard on resolving the short-term delay.” (BBC Sport)
Things lurch from bad to worse at Fratton Park and it seems there is a very real possibility that the south coast club could go under or at the very least be put into administration which would incur a relegation confirming ten point penalty.
Portsmouth, having recently axed Paul Hart, find themselves rock bottom and could well have to sell even more top talent and therefore finding themselves even more impotent against avoiding the drop. Things have gone horribly wrong at the club and it must seem an eon to the fans since they clinched the FA Cup final triumph and had a wealth of talent that has now been offloaded to try to pay off massive debts.
The club will do well to regroup and find there way out of this mess but I am sure that all fans around the country will be hoping that they don’t go under.