All change at Pompey: Appleton preparing for mass exodus from Fratton Park as club look to cut costs
11:11 GMT, 1 May 2012
Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton is ready for a huge change at Fratton Park this summer as he looks to slash the wage bill at the financially struggling club.
Pompey, who are in administration, will play in League One next season after being relegated from the Championship.
And Appleton says large number of players heading for the exit door.
All change: Portsmouth Manager Michael Appleton says there could be as many as 18 departures from Fratton Park this summer
'It could be as big as 17 or 18 players leaving the football club and the same coming in,' Appleton said.
'It is going to be a tough, tough summer. Lots of hard work and not so much relaxation'
'I’d be surprised if there were one or two players from this squad still here next season.'
Greg Halford and Jason Pearce were not involved in Saturday’s defeat at Nottingham Forest, with Appleton stating there are agreements in place for them to move to other clubs, while Joel Ward is set to join Ipswich.
Kanu, Benjani Mwaruwari and Dave Kitson were also not involved at the City Ground.
On the way out: Portsmouth's Luke Varney and Greg Halford look likely to be among the departures at Fratton Park
'It is going to be a tough, tough summer,” added Appleton. 'Lots of hard work and not so much relaxation.
'In the case of Greg Halford and Jason Pearce there is an agreement in place with various clubs that they wouldn’t play in the game. From our point of view it is important that the club can recoup some money for their services.
'As for Kanu, Benjani and Kitson – their future has to be elsewhere otherwise the football club will not survive. Hopefully we can come to some kind of agreement with them.'
Portsmouth entered administration for the second time in three years in February, and were docked 10 points as a result.
Administrator Trevor Birch told BBC Sport last week the club only had enough money to last them until June.