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Pompey came through transfer deadline day relatively unscathed - although questions remain over how the club will now raise the money they need to ward off their winding-up petition from HMRC.

As the window shut, Ryan Williams was the only player to leave Fratton - with Fulham agreeing a deal reported to be worth around £400,000 for the young Australian winger.

That meant the threatened departures of Joel Ward, Jason Pearce, Dave Kitson and, in later rumours, Marko Futacs, didn't happen - good news, but where does it leave the fundraising bid ahead of the February 20 court case? Fans were split over celebrating the retention of some key players and worrying over what happens to the club now.

Williams, who had had only limited first-team opportunities at Pompey, penned a two-and-half year contract at Craven Cottage.

He made just six first-team appearances for the Blues from the bench and has moved to Fulham after impressing in a reserve game at Wolves on Monday.

Ipswich's interest in Ward and Pearce came to nothing, Kitson did not attract any bids and deadline-day talk of Rangers and Celtic both being interested in Futacs, who has burst into Pompey's life with such force in recent weeks, proved just that - talk.

It could have been much worse, but now fans will be anxious to find out how the club and its administrators plan to fend off the taxman's court action, which could see Pompey liquidated in less than three weeks if they can't pay off their tax bill or go into administration in the meantime.


January 31, 2012 at 11:21 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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In a day and age where 'loyalty' is a word that has little place in football today has proven (I think) just how much of this there is at Portsmouth Football Club!

 Players, not forgetting the staff, have NOT been paid yet instead of jumping ship, when they easily could have, they have refused point blank to leave the good ship PFC!

 Whatever Appy has been saying to the players in the short time that he has been here it has bloody well worked.

 I have said, quite a few times, that I think that Appy is the best thing to happen to this club in donkies years, and this is another example of it...

 The sad thing is that one of the best things to happen has happened at one of the worst times in our history, so how long it will last is debatable, we quite literally might only have another few weeks of existence left?

 We might be proper f****d but at least we are going down fighting and those that pull on the blue shirt are going to be doing this with pride and will fight on until the bitter end - if February 20th does prove to be the end - which is the Pompey way.

 Although I think that we, as fans, also need to pat ourselves on the back as our loyalty and support has probably in some way, albeit a small way, helped sway the decision for them to 'tough it out' and see the job through...

 Well done Appy, Jason Pearce, Joel Ward and Stephen Henderson, you are a credit to Portsmouth Football Club and I am even prouder to say that I support a club that has people like you at it!

 It is a shame that Ryan Williams moved on but one out of 4 or 5 that could have is not bad is it, now we just have to sit it out and wait for our latest court date, which will prove to be our last unless our bill to HMRC is paid...

 Some talk has already started about possible loan moves away by players with views to permanent transfers in the summer but surely having kept them today we will keep them until the end of the season, or as long as this club is in existence?




January 31, 2012 at 11:25 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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BBC Article Appleton's relief at end of Transfer Window

3 February 2012 Last updated at 11:17 GMT


Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton was relieved to see the transfer window shut with only one player leaving.

The Championship club have been issued with a winding-up petition over unpaid tax and failed to play their players' wages last month.

But despite rumours that there could be a fire-sale of players, only Ryan Williams left, for Fulham, in January.

"I am relieved it is over and that only Ryan has left the club," Appleton told BBC Radio Solent.

Ipswich had several bids for trio Joel Ward, Jason Pearce and Stephen Henderson turned down with the players keen to stay at Fratton Park.

Pearce told BBC Radio Solent on Wednesday that part of the reason he wanted to remain at Fratton Park was because of the new manager.

And Appleton admits it was nice to have that vote of confidence.

"I spoke to all three players and the told me they did not want to leave the football club and they were happy at the club," he added.

"That was nice and from my point of view it was nice to get a pat on the back from the players. I must be doing something right.

"We've got sensible bunch of players and I was delighted to keep hold of them. I can start to think about building the squad from here."

However, Ipswich boss Paul Jewell has has not ruled out returning when the emergency loan window opens on Wednesday, when permanent deals can be put in place for the summer.

"I don't think the door is closed," said Jewell. "We were a bit against the clock as it turned into a saga."

Jewell called his dealings with Portsmouth during the January window a "nightmare" admitting he did not know whether to deal with the club's chief executive David Lampitt or administrator Andrew Andronikou over the potential transfer of Ward, Pearce and Henderson.

"It was a nightmare - were we speaking to the right people, was it the administrator or the chief executive?" said Jewell.

"It was difficult. It was a bit of a unique circumstance.

"It went on for a few weeks and we had different phone calls saying 'you're not allowed to speak to the chief executive, you have to speak to the administrator'.

"Then the administrator would come on and say 'you have to speak to [me]'.

"And then an agent would come on and say 'I am brokering the deal'.

"It was really messy. I knew by 1600 GMT on deadline day it wasn't going to happen as I hadn't even met or spoken to the players. It was a complete nightmare."


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