League 2 await poor old Pompey, the Southerners’ fate was secured after Oldham beat Yeovil 1-0.
The last few years haven’t been easy for the debt ridden club, two insolvencies and now three relegations have led to probably the greatest fall ever seen by an English club.
Having been born and raised in Portsmouth myself I know first hand how much the club means for the supporters and they have been the ones who have taken the burden of the club’s great decline.
So much so that the Pompey Supports Trust won the battle for ownership of their beloved club last week, in an attempt to stop the rot at Fratton Park.
And at this stage in the club’s history the fans are without doubt the best thing for the club. They will be the first owners in five years that actually care about the club, and will conduct all their business in the interests of Pompey rather than that of greedy owners of days gone by.
Next season is where Pompey can really rebuild from the bottom up. They have to achieve stability in the club and that starts from now, Pompey need to take a good squad down the League 2 next season, a squad that has had a long pre-season so it has time to gel. And then when the season starts they need to hit the ground running if they are to ever realise the Premier League dream again.
There is also the small matter of when this 10 point deduction is going to come into effect. The football league still haven’t made their minds up.
But what good would it do anyone waiting until next season to impose the penalty? Surely the club has been punished enough by dropping down to the bottom tier of English football. The fans do not deserve to see their club face further punishments, it’s like kicking the club whilst its down.
The people who need punishing are the owners that started the crisis at Pompey, but that won’t happen. In fact it’s not totally the fault of the club that it got to where it is, the FA should take some of the blame too. I know I take pops at the FA a lot but how did five owners pass the FA’s fit and proper persons test in the space of 5 years, when it was obvious none of them had the financial capabilities to steady the sinking ship?
I hope to see Pompey playing top flight football again in the future, the PST have to learn from mistakes of the past and show the country how a football club should really be run.