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A greater escape than Houdini could manage!

A greater escape than Houdini could manage!

No, I AM NOT in denial of the situation that we are faced with - I am fully aware that we are VERY close, potentially a week away, from going out of business and this thought devastates me. The helpless feeling that we have makes it even worse. This is a 50:50 scenario, although to be honest I would have to say the odds look slightly more in favour of us going at this point. Unless money comes in, and quick - or the guaranteed promise of it - the stay of execution will be short lived...

So, premier league survival is the LEAST of our worries at the moment, survival full stop is the name of the game now!

That said whilst there is life, as faint as the pulse might be, there MUST still be fight.

Our biggest fight is against being wound-up in the next week or so but lets work on the principle that we can win that fight, that battle being won in itself will be something but the battle to stay up this season has grown increasingly harder following wins by Wolves and West Ham last night.

We are now stranded 8pts adrift of safety, although we do have a game in hand over Hull - the greatest escape in the history of football is now moving on to be one of the greatest escapes of all time from anything, Houdini himself would struggle to escape this, although as said whilst there is life there is hope!

Should the worst happen and we do get wound-up it is essential that we make beating Scum, and preventing them from taking a place in the FA cup quarter finals, one of the final acts of Portsmouth Football Clubs existence, then again that will not really ease the pain of the worst happening would it? Although it would be better than one of our final acts being a defeat to our fiercest rivals...


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Date:Thursday February 11 2010
Time: 10:31AM


I can take relegation, I can even take losing to the scummers but to go out of business, I can't take. We can get promoted again, we can beat the scummers again but to to go out of business & come back to where we are???
11/02/2010 10:44:00
oh of course matt, i would accept relegation now if i knew we still had a club but whilst we are still here, and there is a pulse there must be so will to want to stay up...
club survival is the MOST important thing, and i seriously fear for this but assuming we win this battle we may aswell try and win the other battle too.
11/02/2010 10:52:00
List of priorities ! (1) Stay Afloat! (2) Beat Scum (3) Avoid Relegation. PUP
11/02/2010 11:12:00
surely if nothing else then we have to declare admin before the hearing next week and take the -10 point's, ok so we are definately relegated and all our assets left would be stripped meaning we would have a real problem in the championship and possibly be relegated from there as well but hopefully the club would still survive, and lets face it thats FAR more important than being in the top flight! and if these 2 offers really do exist then maybe just maybe we would have enough money to buy the players we need to stay in the championship and be debt free.... sounds good to me to be honest
11/02/2010 11:15:00
Guys, this is a war with battles on several fronts, we will have to take each battle on individually before the war can be won. The order as I see it, is: 1. Beat scum 2. Find new owners (with money!!) (1 and 2 are inter-changeable!!) 3. Stave of winding up order next week 4. Pay off HMRC 5. Stay in the prem 6. Win FA Cup (icing on the cake) If we can get all these done we will have won a momentous war and the PL can then look forward to working with us next season as we march into Europe again for more battles!!!
11/02/2010 11:28:00
m@ i still do not see admin as the answer and CANNOT see us coming out of it if we go in - if only it was that easy...we go into admin, accept our fate for this season but 'if', as could be likely, we do not come out of it before next season then we are hit with another point penalty in the championship and would just be further delaying the inevitable...
we, for me, are very much at the takoever/investment from chainrai or bust stage now!
11/02/2010 11:40:00
what ever will be will be. Agree there is a pulse so give it reason for life. I will NEVER admit relegation till its mathematically impossible. I will never accept us being wound up, till its yesterday Big News that we were wound up. And i cant accept losing to Scum, we are Very good Championship Team but a Poor Premiership team... They are a very good League 1 team, but a poor Championship Team. Lets get Ready to rumble lol
11/02/2010 11:41:00
See I disagree with you midge, I don't even think we're a very good championship side, with the team we're putting out most weeks I think we'd be mid table at best. If we go into admin and get a points deduction next season I think we're as good as under anyway we'd get relegated again and not be able to pay our way as we plummet through the divisions, we don't have the benefit of a decent stadium like Leicester, Leeds or (dare I say it) scum. We've got a decrepit stadium that requires constant maintenance and isn't an enticing family friendly place to go. We'd go the way of Chester before the decade is out... We have to find a buyer or get in and out of Admin ASAP to prevent any deductions next season. I really don't want to see us go into admin though, it would be embarassing as a premier league club and have a negative impact on the city.
11/02/2010 12:17:00
My gut feeling is if we can't sort something with HMRC for what ever reason, we'll go into administration. Take the minus 9 points. I think staying uo would be tough even if that didn't happen. That will bide us some time to get a new owner & start a fresh. the only concern is who decides if we can go into admin?
11/02/2010 12:27:00
Matt I think only the owners can decide that. HMRC are seeking a liquidation order - exit PFC.
11/02/2010 13:08:00
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