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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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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 11 2010

Time: 10:31AM

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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???
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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.
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11/02/2010 10:52:00

List of priorities ! (1) Stay Afloat! (2) Beat Scum (3) Avoid Relegation. PUP
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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
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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!!!
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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!
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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
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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.
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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?
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11/02/2010 12:27:00

Matt I think only the owners can decide that. HMRC are seeking a liquidation order - exit PFC.
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11/02/2010 13:08:00

http://www.football-rumours.co.uk/ I really should not read these stupid ruour sites..... 11 Feb 2010 04:11:13 "Portsmouth will be cancelling the contracts of four players, in a bid to save money ahead of next week's court appearance. David James will be staying at the club, but Papa Bouba Diop, Kevin Prince–Boateng, Aruna Dindane and Tal Ben Haim will be leaving for Sunderland, Wigan, Everton and Chelsea respectively on free transfers. John Utaka is going to be released on a free, and is likely to head abroad to play football as no club here wants to pay him £80k a week. Wolfsburg have shown interest in him, however. One thing is certain – the club must be solvent and all debts paid by June 30th 2010 including any and all immediate payments to HMRC. There is a bidder, waiting in the wings, and contrary to recent gossip, the investor is not Simon Cowell, Mark King (of Level 42) or John Gregory but he/she has links with the South Coast and money ready to invest in both the team and new stadium." I think the author is half right about Utaka...No one will pay him £80k a week.
plymouth graham
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11/02/2010 14:21:00

Ben Haim to Chelsea lol
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11/02/2010 14:30:00

i think you are right graham, i would stop reading those...we would have to 'pay off' all those players if we cancelled contract wouldnt we - diop only extended his last summer! ben haim to chelski, yea right!
no one, not even us, would pay utaka 80k a week - despite the 'rumour' he is not on that much anyway.
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11/02/2010 15:06:00

Brilliant article rug, agree with it completely. I hope with all my heart we don't get wound up, but if we do, we have to go having beaten the scum - not having lost to them! Staying up is looking harder and harder, I want to believe but its difficult. But then whats the point in staying up if the club goes out of business? That's why I'd rather have administration, that way the club will survive at least. Graham that article makes some sense, I don't want to lose all those players, but if that's what it takes, that's what it takes. As for a new owner . . Storrie is saying people are interested, we can only hope someone rich comes in to rescue us at the last minute. Pity we've all lost faith in this scenario after everything that's gone on though.
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11/02/2010 18:25:00

Tracy i heard him on Talksnot this morning with Big Al and the imbecile Irani and Uncle pete said "i think you'd be surprised who was interested" infering it was some one very rich rather than whacky ..such as the Simon Cowell rumours. In all fairness Steve Claridge summed it up tonight in his article on the News web site..some one would have to have £100Ml to invest in a club that next season will more than likely be a championship side with a crappy ground and no training facilities. I suppose with all that when Pallace would be a better buy than us
plymouth graham
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11/02/2010 22:13:00


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