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AC Milan 2 Barcelona 0: Kevin Prince Boateng scores the winner

AC Milan 2 Barcelona 0: Forza Pompey! Former Premier League stars Boateng and Muntari strike with Messi off the pace

PUBLISHED:

21:36 GMT, 20 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:11 GMT, 20 February 2013

AC Milan took a surprise first-leg lead in their Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona.

While Barca top the Primera Division by 12 points, Milan lie third in Serie A – but Kevin-Prince Boateng's controversial opening goal set the Italians on their way at the San Siro.

And Sulley Muntari's superb second put Massimiliano Allegri's side firmly in the driving seat ahead of March 12's return leg at the Nou Camp.

Here we go: Kevin-Prince Boateng, (left) celebrates after opening the scoring

Here we go: Kevin-Prince Boateng, (left) celebrates after opening the scoring

Double trouble: Sulley Muntari celebrates after firing home the second goal

Double trouble: Sulley Muntari celebrates after firing home the second goal

Muntari flashed an early shot over the bar from long range for Milan.

Philippe Mexes made a vital cleaance
at the other end to prevent Jordi Alba's cross reaching Pedro Rodriguez
and though the same defender then handled Dani Alves' delivery, Pedro
had already been flagged offside.

Stephane El Shaarawy's poor touch saw a
good chance slip away but resulted in a corner, taken by the prolific
young striker, from which Boateng shot just wide.

Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati
held Xavi's well-struck 30-yard drive and El Shaarawy tracked superbly
to the left-back position to break up another Barca attack.

Appeal: Barcelona wanted a free-kick for handball in the build up but Boateng did not care

Appeal: Barcelona wanted a free-kick for handball in the build up but Boateng did not care

Takeaway: Muntari's goal means Milan have a 2-0 lead to bring to the Nou Camp

Takeaway: Muntari's goal means Milan have a 2-0 lead to bring to the Nou Camp

Mexes collected the first yellow card
for tripping Lionel Messi and as Barca pressed, Riccardo Montolivo
prevented Pedro's backheel reaching Cesc Fabregas.

Boateng's cross eluded a sliding El Shaarawy before a goalless half petered out somewhat.

Sergio Busquets was booked early in
the second period after fouling Giampaolo Pazzini, moments before the
controversial opening goal.

Montolivo's shot took two deflections,
the second off the raised arm of Cristian Zapata, before Boateng fired
low past Victor Valdes. Gerard Pique was booked for protesting to
Scottish referee Craig Thomson.

Off the pace: Lionel Messi struggled to make any impact

Off the pace: Lionel Messi struggled to make any impact

Patched up: Carles Puyol was erratic as Barcelona struggled

Patched up: Carles Puyol was erratic as Barcelona struggled

Messi blazed an uncharacteristically
wayward free-kick high into the stand before Andres Iniesta almost
charged down Abbiati's clearance in the six-yard box.

Valdes saved Pazzini's acrobatic
volley but at the other end, Iniesta fizzed a drive a foot or so wide
and Xavi curled a free-kick just over.

Head to head: Cesc Fabregas, is fouled by Boateng

Head to head: Cesc Fabregas, is fouled by Boateng

Ecstasy: Boateng celebrates after firing past Victor Valdes and in to the corner

Ecstasy: Boateng celebrates after firing past Victor Valdes and in to the corner

Rolling around: Messi (left) and Daniel Alves (right) lie on the pitch

Rolling around: Messi (left) and Daniel Alves (right) lie on the pitch

But it was Milan who found a second
goal with nine minutes remaining as substitute M'Baye Niang and El
Shaarawy combined to set up Muntari, who gave their beautiful approach
play the classy finish it deserved.

Carles Puyol, sporting a huge sticking
plaster on his forehead after a clash with Pazzini, headed Xavi's
corner wide as Barca sought an important away goal.

But it was in vain, with Milan in fact
having the best chance during five minutes of stoppage time as late
substitute Bakaye Traore wasted a three-on-two break.

Rough and tumble: The best player in the world could not help his side as they stumbled to a 2-0 defeat

Rough and tumble: The best player in the world could not help his side as they stumbled to a 2-0 defeat

That'll do: AC Milan's coach Massimiliano Allegri looks on as his team put on a show

That'll do: AC Milan's coach Massimiliano Allegri looks on as his team put on a show

Fun night: Mario Balotelli smiles, next to his girlfriend, model Fanny Robert Neguesha

Fun night: Mario Balotelli smiles, next to his girlfriend, model Fanny Robert Neguesha

Balotelli with his model girlfriend

Portsmouth offer from Keith Harris rejected by Football League

Portsmouth face renewed threat to survival after Football League reject latest Harris offer

By
Mark Staniforth, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

20:50 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

20:50 GMT, 18 February 2013

The Football League has dismissed a revised offer by football financier Keith Harris to take control of npower League One strugglers Portsmouth.

Harris' new bid, made public today, involves a plan to give fans a free 15 per cent stake in the club.

But the League today reiterated its position that Pompey will be expelled from the competition if the Pompey Supporters' Trust – administrator PKF's preferred bidder – is not successful.

Running out of time: Portsmouth's takeover must be completed soon

Running out of time: Portsmouth's takeover must be completed soon

A Football League spokesman said: 'As stated after its most recent meeting, the Board of the Football League is not considering alternative applications for the transfer of Portsmouth's share in The Football League.

'Instead, it remains focused on a successful transfer of share to the preferred bidder, the Pompey Supporters Trust.'

Football financier: Keith Harris

Football financier: Keith Harris

Trust spokesman Colin Farmery said fans had no interest in the new Harris offer, in which 15 per cent of shares will be allocated free to a group made up of supporters who have donated funds to PST, season-ticket holders and hospitality clients.

Farmery said: 'Why would we be interested in 15 per cent when we are just about to take a 100 per cent stake in the club

'It is curious timing to say the least from Mr Harris with the Football League having made it quite clear that our bid is the only one that can be considered.

'Mr Harris seems to think he has still got a bid but he hasn't. Our bid is literally about dotting the i's and crossing the t's.'

The Trust expect to move a step closer to acquiring the club on Thursday when a court hearing will set a final date for the valuation of Fratton Park to be heard, followed by a high court date at which the Trust expect to be given the right to take over the club.

Portsmouth FC future clouded in uncertainty

Pompey future in balance as it remains unclear who will run club's affairs when in administration

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UPDATED:

23:30 GMT, 12 December 2012

The future of Portsmouth was clouded in uncertainty on Wednesday night as a potential dispute developed over who should manage their affairs while they are in administration.

The cash-strapped League One side are currently in the hands of PKF, headed up by Trevor Birch, and a High Court hearing was set for the morning where they were going to try to secure the sale of the club's Fratton Park ground to the Portsmouth Supporters Trust (PST) from former owners Portpin.

But PST on Wednesday said the hearing had been adjourned, before another party, P&A Partnership, said that Portpin wanted them and not PKF to manage the the club's finances until a buyer could be found.

In danger: Portsmouth will be docked 10 points even if the supporters trust saves the club

In danger: Portsmouth will be docked 10 points even if the supporters trust saves the club

P&A's Brendan Guilfoyle, a
well-known football administrator, said Portpin were unhappy with some
elements of how PKF had been dealing with things, but they were happy to
fund the club through to the end of the season provided he was allowed
to run their day-to-day affairs.

He also added that Portpin may be forced to shut the 114-year-old club down if they do not secure a change of administrator.

Guilfoyle said in a statement: 'If I
am appointed, I am confident that we can find a buyer to secure the long
term future of this historic and important club.'

P&A initially released a
statement which read: 'Tomorrow, Thursday 13 December, the High Court
will be asked to make a critical decision affecting the future of
Portsmouth Football Club.

'The administrators of the club believe that if the court does not agree to their application, they may have to close the club.

'However, Portpin have made funds
available to enable the club to continue trading provided that Brendan
Guilfoyle is appointed administrator to find a new buyer for the club.'

Portpin is led by former Portsmouth owner Balram Chainrai.

Guilfoyle has become a well-known
hand when it comes to administrations, having this summer helped the
Bradford Bulls rugby league side with their problems, while he
previously worked in football with Crystal Palace and Plymouth.

'The court papers show the club has become a lot more saleable in the last six months,' Guilfoyle said of Portsmouth.

Dire straits: The cash-strapped League One club are facing uncertainty over their future

Dire straits: The cash-strapped League One club are facing uncertainty over their future

Guilfoyle then told Sky Sports he
believed PKF had asked for the adjournment, and that Portpin wanted him
to make sure that if the PST bid – described this week the Football
League as carrying 'significant merit' – failed, that other options
could be sourced.

'Portpin don't feel the club has been
fully marketed and they don't want it liquidated if it can't be sold to
PST,' Guilfoyle said.

'They will fund the continuation of
the club until the end of the season as long as the court involve me and
I can be given an opportunity to find a new buyer.

'My involvement if there is any, will
be a matter for the court, to give the court another option as Portpin
feel the options presented, either a sale to PST or closure, need
broadening.

'If the court decided the sale to the supporters should go through, I wouldn't have any role.'

Referring to the story emanating from
the Trust about the adjournment, Guilfoyle added: 'There has been a
late development this evening, in that I'm told the solicitors acting
for PKF have requested an adjournment because they have a major problem
with their case.

'The solicitors acting for Portpin are trying to find out what that is but they're not being told.

'I don't think Portpin are
particularly happy because they find the uncertainty undesirable. We
don't know why, but it looks like there'll be an adjournment.'

It now appears that the initial
agenda of Fratton Park will need to be scrapped, with Guilfoyle saying:
'The administrators are seeking the consent of the court for the sale of
the stadium for 2.75million to PST.

The reason they're doing that is
because they've been unable to reach an agreement with Portpin. They
(Portpin) feel the whole deal with PST is prejudicial to their interests
and they're not happy with the administrators.

'Portpin are disturbed and are saying
to the court, “If you don't grant us the right to sell to PST we'll
have no option but to liquidate the club”.

'Portpin are saying, “Let's have
another option”. They feel a lot of good work has been done by the
administrators in reducing wages and making the club a more attractive
proposition.'

Initially, PST had told Press
Association Sport they were 'scratching their heads' about the
adjournment they reported, but were unavailable for further comment. PKF
were also unavailable for comment.

League One review: Portsmouth deny leaders Tranmere but Doncaster fail to take advantage

League One review: Portsmouth deny leaders Tranmere but Doncaster fail to take advantage

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18:56 GMT, 8 December 2012

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UPDATED:

18:57 GMT, 8 December 2012

Portsmouth picked up a point in a 2-2 draw at leaders Tranmere in the shock result of the day in npower League One.

Slack marking allowed Ash Taylor to
head in-form Tranmere in front, but Pompey equalised through Gabor
Gyepes just after half-time.

Tranmere Rovers' Adam McGurk does an overhead kick

Tranmere Rovers' Adam McGurk does an overhead kick

Ronnie Moore's team, who drew with Stevenage last time out, thought they had done enough to win the game when Michael O'Halloran scored 16 minutes from time, but Jake Jervis equalised 60 seconds later to make it 2-2.

Doncaster were unable to capitalise on Tranmere's slip up, though, as their four-match winning streak came to an end with a 1-1 draw at Swindon.

Matt Ritchie's first goal of season of the season gave Paolo Di Canio's side the lead, but a Danny Hollands own goal made it 1-1.

Ryan Flynn, Nick Blackman and Neill Collins were all on target as Sheffield United moved up to third with a 3-1 win at Carlisle, for whom Danny Livesey scored a second-half consolation.

Brentford also moved up the table into fourth after extending their unbeaten run to eight matches with a 3-2 win over MK Dons.

The Dons, who beat Wimbledon in a highly-charged FA Cup match last weekend, went 1-0 up courtesy of Ryan Lowe's fourth of the season, only for Clayton Donaldson to equalise. Stephen Gleeson put Dons ahead again, but Harry Forrester made it 2-2 and Donaldson wrapped up the win with a last-minute poacher's effort.

Notts County dropped out of the playoff positions with a 0-0 draw at Yeovil while Crawley fell to 10th after drawing 2-2 with strugglers Shrewsbury.

Josh Simpson scored twice for Crawley, but his goals were cancelled out by strikes from Matt Richards and Jon Taylor.

Hartlepool's winless run now stands at 18 matches after Stevenage ran out 2-0 winners at Victoria Park thanks to goals from Marcus Haber and Lucas Akins, while second-from-bottom Scunthorpe also lost 2-1 at home to Bournemouth.

Leyton Orient kept up their impressive unbeaten run with a 2-0 win at Bury, while Oldham condemned Chester to a defeat by the same scoreline at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Cyrus Christie was on target while Carl Baker and David McGoldrick both bagged a brace to help Coventry to a comfortable 5-1 win over neighbours Walsall at the Ricoh Arena while Crew won 3-1 at Preston thanks to goals from Luke Murphy, Bradden Inman and Mathias Pogba.

Charles Sale: Portsmouth could face extinction after court date

Portsmouth's court date with destiny could end in extinction

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UPDATED:

23:16 GMT, 7 December 2012

The most important date in the history of Portsmouth Football Club will be taking place in London's High Court on Thursday.

The future of the club could now depend on a Chancery Division judge agreeing with the Pompey Supporters' Trust – the preferred bidder – over their estimation of a fair market value for their Fratton Park ground.

Otherwise, administrator Trevor Birch believes he will have no other option than to liquidate Portsmouth, FA Cup winners four years ago, before the end of the season.

Court date with destiny: Portsmouth could face extinction

Court date with destiny: Portsmouth could face extinction

Birch can sell Pompey to the PST – even though former owner Balram Chainrai still has a mortgage on the stadium – provided there is a court ruling over the true value of the ramshackle Fratton Park.

The rival factions are millions apart in their valuations, however.

The trust price the ground at 2.75million but Chainrai's Portpin company wants to recoup the 18m allegedly owed to them – 12m of which is secured against the stadium.

Birch, an experienced football operator, has spent nine months looking for other buyers but no-one is prepared to pay more than the PST offer.

So if the judge is not convinced by the fans and their legal team during the scheduled two-day hearing, Portsmouth face extinction.

Chainrai is the only other possible option but Pompey do not believe the Football League would sanction him taking control because of unanswered questions from his previous regime.

Hart, Carroll and Bent prepare for swoosh

Nike's official disposal of their Umbro brand to the Iconix Group this week is expected to see Umbro's few remaining marquee endorsed players – Joe Hart, Andy Carroll and Darren Bent – have their contracts switched for them to start wearing the swoosh boots.

Talks are taking place with their agents. John Terry and Michael Owen, two long-term Umbro clients, are no longer under contract.

Nike, who will be launching their first England kit well in advance of the team wearing it for the first time against the Republic of Ireland in May, have kept on Umbro's Duncan Thomson to manage their relationship with the FA.

Swoosh! Joe Hart is likely to have his Umbro contract switched over to Nike

Swoosh! Joe Hart is likely to have his Umbro contract switched over to Nike

Easy for Jim to refuse

Quality all-round TV sports presenter Jim Rosenthal is in as much demand as ever four years on from ITV showing him the door after his 60th birthday. However, Rosenthal is no longer presenting the FA Cup draw after ITV, who produce the event, offered him a hugely reduced deal. 'It was an offer I found very easy to refuse,' said Rosenthal, who has been replaced by Mark Pougatch.

Sky protects asset Melvin

Andy Melvin, deputy head of Sky Sports, has been given a consultancy role following his retirement next year.

The move safeguards new rivals BT Sport making a move for Melvin.

There is plenty of animosity between BT and Sky following the unexpected defection of match director Grant Best from Isleworth to BT's Olympic Park headquarters.

Keith is pitch perfect

Twickenham's Keith Kent has been rewarded for his work on the permanent Desso pitch, which is looking good as new after four autumn internationals and the Varsity match in less than five weeks, with a clean sweep of three groundsman-of-the-year awards.

The immaculate surface at Twickenham is another reason the RFU wouldn't countenance the England World Cup group match against Wales in 2015 taking place at the Millennium Stadium, where the removable pitches can cut up badly.

Easy for Jim: TV broadcaster Jim Rosenthal turned down a cut-price deal for the FA Cup draw at ITV

Easy for Jim: TV broadcaster Jim Rosenthal turned down a cut-price deal for the FA Cup draw at ITV

City presence at Onuoha's mother's funeral

Quite rightly there was a presence from Manchester City, including club secretary Bernard Halford, Dennis Tueart and Jim Cassells, at the funeral of Dr Anthonia Onuoha, mother of former City defender Nedum, who now plays for QPR.

Dr Anthonia died of cancer 15 months after ex-City CEO Garry Cook mistakenly sent her an email mocking her brave fight against the disease.

The message was meant to be for Cook's City colleague Brian Marwood.

At the Match can't keep pace

Glossy business and sport publication At the Match perhaps shouldn't trumpet the 'cutting edge features' in their 'highly acclaimed' magazine when their latest edition – caught out by football's furious merry-go-round – has deposed manager Mark Hughes dominating the front cover talking about his vision for QPR.

A bit late: Mark Hughes was on the cover of At the Match magazine despite his sacking last month

A bit late: Mark Hughes was on the cover of At the Match magazine despite his sacking last month

Simon Jordan pondered Portsmouth buy-out – Charles Sale

Jordan pondered Portsmouth deal but bowed to fan power

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UPDATED:

23:18 GMT, 26 November 2012

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has revealed he enquired about buying Portsmouth before the administrators agreed a deal with the Pompey Supporters’ Trust.

Jordan, now based in Marbella in Spain, had talks on behalf of a consortium encouraged by the potential of the financially stricken club because of their loyal fan base.

But Jordan opted out after discussions with lead administrator Trevor Birch because he didn’t believe his investment group could compete with the draw of fans being in charge of their own team.

Considered: Simon Jordan thought about buying Portsmouth

Considered: Simon Jordan thought about buying Portsmouth

Jordan showing interest in acquiring another Football League club is surprising considering that he admits to losing 50million of his fortune at Selhurst Park.

Be Careful What You Wish For, Jordan’s
acclaimed book about his Palace years — which he wrote himself — was
shortlisted for the 2012 William Hill Sports Book of the Year.

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Viagogo go abroad

Secondary online ticket dealers Viagogo are taking their time in passing on to the RFU the names of those who sold Twickenham seats via their site in 2010 and 2011 in breach of regulations. They were ordered to do so by a Supreme Court judgement but Viagogo are confident that moving their headquarters to Switzerland, with the extra layers of bureaucracy that entails, will make it more difficult for the RFU to pursue them.

Doping glory

Bike racer Tyler Hamilton’s book The Secret Race, which helped blow the lid on serial drugs cheat Lance Armstrong, was a worthy winner — for a change — of the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year title this year.

Hamilton said he had read only a chapter at most of Armstrong’s autobiography, My Journey Back to Life, which took the prize in 2000, and American Hamilton would leave it to others to decide whether his disgraced compatriot should be stripped of the book honour along with his seven Tour de France title.

The judging panel discussed expunging Armstrong from their 24-year roll of honour but took the view drugs didn’t help him write the book.

Curtain raising book: Lance Armstrong rides with Tyler Hamilton (left), whose work won the 2012 prize

Curtain raising book: Lance Armstrong rides with Tyler Hamilton (left), whose work won the 2012 prize

Andrew in position

It was noticeable during England’s defeat by Australia at Twickenham that RFU survivor Rob Andrew, professional rugby director, was seated in the row behind struggling coach Stuart Lancaster. Andrew being so visible at a big Test match comes as a review by Peter Keen and Ian McGeechan takes place into his performance department, with increasing calls for an experienced RFU performance director for rookie international coach Lancaster to lean on.

A gala dinner to benefit rugby charities is being planned by the RFU for the 10th anniversary of the 2003 World Cup win. If England go into 2013 on the back of three home defeats, such an occasion will highlight the decline of the national side since.

Donnelly put on hold

Troubled Queens Park Rangers, who wasted a fortune on sacked manager Mark Hughes’s brief regime, need to get a grip on their finances before they spiral out of control.

Yet FA group chief financial officer Mark Donnelly, who was surprisingly persuaded in October to leave a secure job at Wembley to become chief operating officer at the relegation-threatened club, has to give six months’ notice to the FA and doesn’t know when he will be allowed to leave.

It’s unlikely Donnelly will be full time at Loftus Road until after the next transfer window, during which his advice may be needed after their 27million of spending in the summer. However, Donnelly is already helping out chief executive Phil Beard when his FA duties allow.

Boycott chips in

Cricket pundit Geoffrey Boycott joined Kevin Pietersen in paying for an upgrade to the more luxurious old wing of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai when the rest of the England touring team and media were allocated rooms at the five-star hotel.

Upgrade: Geoffrey Boycott helped pay for his improved upkeep at the hotel

Upgrade: Geoffrey Boycott helped pay for his improved upkeep at the hotel

Test Match Special analyst Boycott has always been as singular an individual as Pietersen.

A BBC spokesperson said: ‘The Beeb has not paid for an upgrade in relation to Geoffrey Boycott’s accommodation costs.’

James Ward-Prowse signs new Southampton deal

Rising Saints star Ward-Prowse pens long-term deal at St Mary's

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UPDATED:

20:20 GMT, 19 November 2012

Contract: Ward-Prowse has signed a new deal

Contract: Ward-Prowse has signed a new deal

Southampton rising star James Ward-Prowse has signed a new five-year contract, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

Ward-Prowse, 18, made his top-flight bow on the opening day of the season and has gone on to play 10 games so far this term.

His performances have led to claims that he could be the latest Southampton Academy product to be tempted away from Saint Mary's Stadium, but he put a stop to that speculation when Saints announced the midfielder had signed a new deal.

A statement on Southampton's website read: 'Saints are delighted to announce that James Ward-Prowse has signed a new five-year contract.'

Ward-Prowse grew up as a Portsmouth supporter, but joined Pompey's south coast rivals as an eight-year-old.

Rising star: The Saints youngster in action for the England Under 19s

Rising star: The Saints youngster in action for the England Under 19s

The midfielder impressed through the youth ranks at Saints and made his first-team debut a week before his 17th birthday last season.

Manager Nigel Adkins deemed the teenager ready for top-flight football at the start of the season, and he has been one of the few success stories at the struggling club so far this term.

Ward-Prowse, who played a key part in Southampton's win over QPR on Saturday, told the club's website: 'I'm absolutely delighted. 'It was nice that we got the win on Saturday, and it's nice to put pen to paper. I can kick on from here.

'It's been an absolute whirlwind to go from playing under-18 football against lower league teams to playing against the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United.'

Portsmouth takeover latest: Pompey Supporters Trust have conditional agreement

Pompey Supporters Trust close in on takeover as administrators sign over sale agreement

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UPDATED:

11:00 GMT, 15 November 2012

Portsmouth's administrators have signed a conditional agreement to sell the npower League One club to the Pompey Supporters' Trust.

Trevor Birch, of administrators PKF, confirmed they have signed an agreement with the PST which is subject to receiving permission to sell Fratton Park.

The move comes after the administrators withdrew preferred bidder status from Portpin, the largest creditor in the Portsmouth Football Club (2010) administration, more than three weeks ago and named PST as the preferred bidders.

Up for sale: Administrators have handed Pompey Supporters Trust a signed conditional agreement to buy the League One club

Up for sale: Administrators have handed Pompey Supporters Trust a signed conditional agreement to buy the League One club

'We can confirm that we have signed a sale agreement with the PST to acquire the business of Portsmouth Football Club,' Birch said in a statement.

'Portpin has rejected the Trust's offer for Fratton Park, so the sale has to be conditional on receiving the Court's permission to sell the ground. We are therefore in the process of submitting an application to the Court.

In talks: Portsmouth administrator Trevor Birch

In talks: Portsmouth administrator Trevor Birch

'I'm sure every member of staff, every player and every supporter will join with me in wishing to see a speedy resolution of what has been a protracted administration.

'Everyone involved in the transaction has worked incredibly hard to get the deal to this stage and, although there is still much that needs to be done, today's announcement marks what is hopefully the beginning of the end of the process.'

Blackpool refusing to pay 200,000 for Michael Appleton

You're not getting a penny! Blackpool refuse Pompey's 200,000 demand for Appelton

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UPDATED:

17:57 GMT, 6 November 2012

Blackpool are playing a game of brinkmanship over plans to install Michael Appleton as their new manager after arguing he should be allowed to leave Fratton Park for nothing.

The Championship club have agreed personal terms with Appleton after making him their preferred choice to take over from Ian Holloway, as exclusively revealed in Sportsmail Online.

On the move: Michael Appleton is set to leave Portsmouth for Blackpool

On the move: Michael Appleton is set to leave Portsmouth for Blackpool

Football League blog

But talks are continuing between the
two clubs after Portsmouth’s demand for 200,000 in compensation was
rejected by Blackpool, who are adamant they should not have to pay
anything.

Portsmouth believe 200,000 is the
figure due to them, under the terms of Appleton’s contract, but
Blackpool are just as insistent their right to any payment has been
scuppered by their ongoing financial difficulties.

Cash-strapped Pompey have struggled
to pay staff wages in recent times, and Appleton is thought to be among
those who have not always received their full entitlement.

Blackpool feel they have therefore forfeited any right to compensation and that Appleton is free to walk away on his own terms.

Blackpool manager latest: Portsmouth demand Michael Appleton compensation

Pompey hold out for 200,000 compensation as Appleton edges towards Blackpool

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UPDATED:

11:29 GMT, 6 November 2012

Portsmouth want 200,000 compensation from Blackpool for their highly-rated manager Michael Appleton.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed that Appleton was the leading contender to replace Ian Holloway, who left for Crystal Palace last week.

The Tangerines have made an official approach to Pompey and both clubs are currently locked in talks over a suitable compensation package.

On the move: Michael Appleton is set to leave Portsmouth and replace Ian Holloway as the new Blackpool manager

On the move: Michael Appleton is set to leave Portsmouth and replace Ian Holloway as the new Blackpool manager

Football League blog

The cash-strapped League One club want 200,000 to release Appleton from his contract, a price Blackpool are hesitant to pay.

But Blackpool owner Karl Oyston,
whose club received in the region of 500,000 from Palace for Holloway,
is confident a deal can be reached.

Oyston moved quickly to snare No. 1 choice Appleton after Holloway's exit.

Pole position: Owen Coyle is favourite for the Blackpool post

In the frame: Former Bolton and Burnley manager Owen Coyle

And it is understood Blackpool chiefs
had already drawn up a shortlist of names to replace their ex-boss well
before Holloway's actual departure.

Holloway made it crystal clear to the
Tangerines hierarchy that he was unhappy with the fact he had only been
given a rolling contract and a minimal playing budget.

And the club felt it was only a
matter of time before their likeable manager moved, hence their decision
to implement plans for a replacement weeks prior to Holloway's exit.

New home: Ian Holloway is the new Crystal Palace boss

New home: Ian Holloway is the new Crystal Palace boss