Cuts begin, but will the players take some?
The Guardian today reports that the 'cut backs' have started with a 'list' being drawn up of who would be going and head of communications Gary Double was one of these people who would be leaving the club?
This 'list' has been denied by the administrator Andrew Andronkiou, although Double is 'said' to have decided to walk rather than be pushed?
In order to 'try' and save jobs it is also said that some players approached Avram Grant about the people on the footballing side of things taking a cut in order to try and save other jobs: 'two of my players came to me and suggested taking a reduction in wages to try and help some of the people, as we all feel great sadness at what is happening at this club.'
Hats off to whoever these players were, in a day and age when so many are criticised for their 'greed' and so on it is good to hear that some feel this strongly - would others follow though...
Those, good, honest, hard working individuals that have done absolutely NOTHING wrong to warrant losing a job are the ones that SHOULD NOT do so - so hopefully some agreement can be arranged to help secure the futures of those that are in more need of keeping their income.
'Thinning the club' to make it more 'attractive' is something that Balram Chainrai will be doing though - although how much more 'thinner' it can get is up for debate, clearly some of the highest earners we still have need to go and as most of these will be out of contract in the summer they are almost certain to go unless they took a massive pay cut...
Either ways 'Balu' is not ruling out taking over: 'nothing is ruled in or out. Of course Balu would like to sell but this has to be to the right buyer. Might he continue? Sure, he might. But that depends on many things, with the support of the fans very important.
'The fans would have to want Balu to stay on, first of all. Then, it would be wait and see. He wants to sell the club. But you never know in football.'
To be honest I would think that a clean slate is best for all, but going about this the right way is something that must be done!
So, it is a dark day for Portsmouth Football Club - all we can all hope for is that from this darkness a new light of a fresh beginning can be found...
PLAY UP POMPEY!