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I’ve heard it said that the Turks like “Pompey” or Portsmouth Football Club – in the main from a resemblance between the Turkish flag and that Club’s badge.  Football Management blog recounts the various errors in judgement that have struck that Club – and unfortunately it’s another Club that has been hit hard like my beleaguered “County”.

A supporters’ trust is campaigning for fans to have a substantial stake and representation on the Club’s Board of Directors. The background surrounds Portsmouth’s second stint in administration (in a two years period); plus Owner, Vladimir Antonov, has been arrested for alleged fraud in Lithuania.

A spokesman has said: “The Pompey Supporters’ Trust believe the time has come for Portsmouth Football Club to be owned by the city and community, and a new model of ownership should be developed which will make sure the shameful events of the past few years are not repeated.”

The scale of debt is immense and even if some progress can be made, it is noted that the creditors include the former owner, Balram Chainrai (£17M) and Antonov (£10.8M).

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Taxman Cometh

The HMRC (after this Week’s clearance of our ‘Harry’) remains intent on targeting and exposing the leading clubs on alleged tax evasion.  This statement derived from inside information from Sporting Intelligence (SI).

I understand that it’s such as ‘perks’ for players that are to come under some scrutiny. By perks, the sorts of things included are ‘partner’s’ benefits, holidays, offshore accounts, expenses, hospitality etc. All finance directors in the Barclays Premier League were recently consulted and the findings from that research have led to this predicted action by the taxman.  The foreign immigration will be focused upon also especially in terms of whether players are totally compliant with N.I contributions.  Why shouldn’t they be exposed to such an investigation – after all we all pay them?

SI quotes: “HMRC has found big discrepancies in at least one club and they now want to make sure these discrepancies are not widespread”.  The Government apparently seeks £8Bn “claw back” and of course the football industry is high-profile enough to make an example that might strike home.  The whole matter falls under a strategy to bring football in line with other industries.

FA clowns

Tonight’s news says that the majority of pundits feel that the FA was right on their stance to deal with Fabio Capello in the way they did. I’ll not get into the John Terry racist allegation – as I would be commenting without an appreciation of evidence for or against (though of course, any form of racism is wrong).

The reason I suggest ‘clowning’ is in response to a question of whether it is the FA’s right to decide on removing a Captain (before his trial concludes) and without any consultation with the Manager.  In my mind, the answer is no and if anyone did so in any other walk of life wouldn’t there be a case for constructive dismissal.  The definition is: “If you resign from your job because of your employer’s behaviour, it may be considered to be constructive dismissal.”  Doesn’t Fabio have a legal background – could this be his next step?  I’ve not heard anyone else predict that this could be the following episode in this debacle.

The usual suspects come out of the woodwork to air their opinions.  Brian Barwick, yawn yawn.  England players tweet their gratitude to the Italian – some possibly eyeing up future transfers if he were to remain in the game and pop up elsewhere? A replacement suggested for this top coaching position is Guus Hiddink. What?  Do I think the Turkish FA would give a glowing reference – I think not.

I think it’s a Harry Redknapp appointment – though personally I might be inclined to shortlist Martin O’Neill on capability.  But maybe to satisfy the FA the puppet pictured would be an ideal choice?