Portsmouth fans set to take control of the club after agreement reached
Administrators said after the hearing that the agreement with the former owner paved the way for the supporters' trust to complete its purchase of the club.
Portsmouth fans set to take control of the club after agreement reached
Administrators said after the hearing that the agreement with the former owner paved the way for the supporters' trust to complete its purchase of the club.
Appleton is Blackburn's third manager this season… and they are his third club of campaign!
18:31 GMT, 11 January 2013
18:37 GMT, 11 January 2013
Blackburn have confirmed the appointment of Michael Appleton as their new manager.
Appleton becomes Rovers' third boss this season despite only taking over at Championship rivals Blackpool two months ago.
The 37-year-old former Manchester United and Preston midfielder, who began the season in charge of League One Portsmouth, has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal at Ewood Park.
Third time lucky Appleton succeeds Steve Kean and Henning Berg
Ashley Westwood, first-team coach under Appleton at both of his previous two clubs, will join him as assistant.
In a statement released by Blackburn, Appleton said: 'I am delighted to
be joining such an historic club. This is a fantastic opportunity for me
and I am excited about the challenge we have ahead of us.
'I can't wait to start working with what is a very talented group of players.
'I'd like to thank everyone at Blackpool for their efforts during my
time there and the chairman for allowing me to come here. I wish them
all the best for the future.'
On a roll: Blackburn have won three on the spin under caretaker Gary Bowyer
Rovers' managing director Derek Shaw said: 'We are delighted to welcome both Michael and Ashley to the football club.
'They are both highly regarded within the game and we are confident that
they have the drive and ambition to take this club forward.
'We will do everything in our powers to support them in our quest to make an instant return to the Premier League.'
Appleton skips Blackpool training to thrash out deal over Blackburn job
16:27 GMT, 10 January 2013
17:03 GMT, 10 January 2013
Michael Appleton has been given permission to speak with Blackburn.
The Blackpool boss is regarded as one of the brightest young managers in the game.
He has been mentored by Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Hodgson since his playing career was ended by injury.
He will talk to Blackburn today and could even be their new manager in time to be at Molineux tomorrow night for the Championship clash with Wolves.
Rover and out Michael Appleton's reign at Blackpool could prove to be an
extremely short one with the former Portsmouth manager wanted at Ewood
Sportsmail understands Appleton and coach Ashley Westwood did not attend Blackpool’s training session on Thursday but were meeting chairman Karl Oyston to thrash out a deal.
It is believed Blackburn are prepared to pay
compensation of around 350,000.
Gary Bowyer will be in charge tomorrow if Appleton has not been appointed in time.
A statement from Blackburn managing director Derek Shaw was released on the club's official website last night confirming their interest in the 37-year-old former Portsmouth boss, with a Blackpool statement acknowledging a 'formal approach' shortly afterwards.
Blackpool reportedly rejected Rovers' initial approach and when contacted Shaw said: 'We’re in discussion, if that can be adequate.'
In the market: Blackburn need a new boss after Henning Berg was sacked
When pressed on whether Blackpool did turn down Blackburn's offer last night he added: 'I wouldn’t like to comment
on that. If there’s anything later we’ll certainly let you know.'
Appleton left Portsmouth for Blackpool on November 7 following Ian Holloway’s departure to Crystal Palace.
Henning Berg was appointed Blackburn manager seven days after Appleton but a run of one win in 10 games, including a 2-0 defeat by Blackpool at Bloomfield Road in his penultimate match, saw the ex-Norway defender sacked after 57 days in charge.
Blackburn have won all three games since Berg was dismissed and last week issued a statement to confirm reserve team manager Bowyer and head of youth Terry McPhillips would remain in caretaker charge until the end of this month.
This would now appear unlikely in light of the Appleton approach and Bowyer is due to address the media this lunchtime.
Appleton has won two and drawn seven of his 11 Championship games in charge of Blackpool, who are 14th in the table and six points shy of the play-offs – one point and one place behind Blackburn.
Redknapp admits all he can offer January targets Diame, Ba and Keane is the challenge of helping QPR beat the drop
13:14 GMT, 29 December 2012
Harry Redknapp admits all he can offer QPR's transfer targets is the potential satisfaction of rescuing the club from a seemingly hopeless position.
Rangers are six points adrift of safety in the Barclays Premier League and are hoping to avoid a third successive defeat when they host Liverpool on Sunday.
Redknapp insists the club must sign new players in next month's transfer window if they are to survive in the top flight with Demba Ba, Brede Hangeland and Robbie Keane reported to interest the QPR boss.
Top target: Harry Redknapp hopes to lure the likes of Robbie Keane to Loftus Road
But the 65-year-old admits his only sales pitch during negotiations will be to convince prospective new arrivals they could be part of something special.
'I tell players: “Look, there are mugs around like me. Come and have a challenge, please. Come and do something”. If we keep this team up now we'll have had a fantastic end of the season,' he said.
'I walked on that pitch at Wigan as Portsmouth manager in 2006 when we had escaped relegation and it was the best day ever.
'It was fantastic and I want to do the same at QPR. That's my dream – all I think about at night is trying to keep this team up.
'I'd love it so much if we kept QPR up. It has consumed my whole life, it's all I want. It gets me up, it gets me down.
'I've been sitting at home over Christmas being no fun to anybody and I was thinking, “Should I put myself in this position, should I put my family in this situation again”
'But you do as you want to have a go and if I could be a part of the team that can pull it off that would be fantastic.
'That is the message I want to send to any player: “Come and we'll have a great time if we can turn it round – let's see if we can”.'
Realistic: Redknapp knows that a relegation battle isn't the most appealing prospect
Interested Fulham's Brede Hangeland could be added to bolster QPR's leaky defence
Redknapp has steered Portsmouth and Tottenham away from relegation in the past and knows QPR require a major change in fortunes if they are to be added to his success stories.
'When you're in the bottom four and cut adrift like we were then it's so difficult,' he said.
'We need a run of games from where we are now. We need to show top six or seven form to get out of it.
'We are still in there and while there's hope we have to keep going and believing. I still believe we can do it.'
QPR's survival bid received a shot in the arm with Adel Taarabt's omission from Morocco's squad for the African Nations Cup.
The 23-year-old, who scored both goals against Fulham two weeks ago in the club's only Premier League victory this season, is now available for matches against West Ham, Norwich, Manchester City and Swansea.
Morocco coach Rachid Taoussi stated that the reason he overlooked Taarabt was because he refused to meet him after travelling to London to see the playmaker.
It's begun: Redknapp is already stepping up interest in West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame
Moving south Demba Ba is another target at Loftus Road
Redknapp said: 'I'm delighted, it's fantastic news. I thought he might be going but he's a talent when he plays like he does at Fulham. He can win games for you.
'I don't know what happened. I swear I haven't got a clue. I never discussed it with anybody.
'The first I knew about it was when I was driving in and heard on the radio that he hasn't been selected and I thought, “Oh, that's good”.'
Redknapp spoke in glowing terms of Luis Suarez, the Uruguay striker who will spearhead Liverpool's assault on Loftus Road.
'My God, the man is fantastic, an unbelievable player,' he said. 'There are a lot of people who don't like Suarez, but as a player he is right up there. He could play for any team in the world.
'He gives everything – effort to start with and he never stops working. When he loses the ball he is like a little kid, he chases the ball to get it back. That enthusiasm, he's fantastic.'
Big ask: Redknapp knows he must buy in January if Rangers are to beat the drop
Sell in January I can't afford to! QPR need all help they can get, says Harry
15:31 GMT, 28 December 2012
Harry Redknapp admits he can’t afford to offload any players in the January transfer window because QPR need all the help they can get.
QPR are rock bottom of the table and six points from safety after losing to West Brom on Boxing Day. Despite former manager Mark Hughes signing 12 new players in the summer, Redknapp is expected to bring in several new faces before the end of the window next month.
But the ex-Spurs boss denied that Sunday’s clash with Liverpool for some of his existing squad to prove themselves.
Not for sale: QPR boss Harry Redknapp insists he can't afford to sell any of his players during the January transfer window
‘I won’t be looking to get rid of anybody,’ said Redknapp.
‘On the bench the other day had a young kid there so we are certainly not overloaded. We’ve got some long term injuries, so I can’t be suddenly getting people out of here without getting some in. I’m not looking to shift people out quickly until I can get people in.’
He added: ‘I would not bring people in if I didn’t think they could do a job for us. There’s no point bringing players in for the sake of it. I have got to get people in the right positions who I think can help it. If I can’t I may as well sit tight.’
After a decent start that saw QPR pick up their first win of the season at home to Fulham after two draws, Redknapp’s side have now slumped to successive defeats. And after taking over at Portsmouth, Southampton and Spurs in similar positions, the 65-year-old believes saving the west Londoners from the drop is a much tougher proposition.
Rock bottom: QPR face a fight for survival in the Premier League
‘I didn’t expect it to happen quickly – you are talking about two different football clubs,' he said.
‘How Spurs were in that position in first place I will never know, but there was only eight games gone, and they had a fantastic squad. It’s different here, we had gone 13 games without a win, it was always going to be harder. No one has got a magic wand, I don’t care who you are, I have said it a million times in the past – you go to clubs and you change players around.
‘I knew it was going to be difficult. And it’s been no more difficult than I expected,’ Redknapp added.
‘But we are still in there, the transfer window is coming, if we can get one or two in, we give ourselves a chance still. That is where I am.’
Pompey will still be docked 10 points if supporters group win fight to save club
17:13 GMT, 10 December 2012
Portsmouth still face a 10-point deduction should the Pompey Supporters' Trust (PST) win their battle to save the club this week.
The Football League today confirmed the sanction, to be imposed once the club comes out of administration, after receiving details of the PST's proposed takeover.
PST's bid hinges on administrators PKF gaining permission to sell Fratton Park, which is controlled by the club's former owner Balram Chainrai, at a High Court hearing which starts on Thursday.
In danger: Portsmouth will be docked 10 points even if the supporters trust saves the club
The League is awaiting the outcome of that hearing, and for the trust to raise the remaining funds as set out in their business plan, before fully considering their application.
A statement from the League read: 'The Football League Board has received details of a proposal by Pompey Supporters' Trust and its partner investors to acquire the assets and certain liabilities of Portsmouth Football Club.
'Having considered the proposal in detail, the Board concluded that it had significant merit.
'However, two outstanding points will have to be resolved before the Board can fully consider PST's application to become the new owner of Portsmouth Football Club.
'They are the outcome of the current High Court proceedings relating to the ownership of Fratton Park and PST raising the remaining funding from supporters that is anticipated in its business plan.
'The Board also confirmed that ongoing membership of the League would be subject to a number of conditions that seek to ensure the sporting integrity of league football and the financial viability of the club going forward.
'It therefore reaffirmed its earlier decision that these conditions would include a deduction of 10 points (applicable at the point of transfer of share) and a range of other restrictions on playing budgets and future borrowing for the next four seasons.'
Pompey, who have been in administration since February, are currently one place and one point outside the npower League One relegation zone.
Portsmouth's court date with destiny could end in extinction
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
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
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
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
Scrooge! Redknapp rules out Christmas party… but says QPR can celebrate when they stay up
12:30 GMT, 7 December 2012
Harry Redknapp has banned Christmas at QPR because the club have ‘got nothing to celebrate’.
Rangers are still searching for their first Premier League win of the season and their manager wants to put off partying until the club has secured its top-flight status.
The boss said: 'I'm not mad about footballers having Christmas. I’ve been doing this job an awful long time and find it seems to be nothing but aggravation.
Earn your party: Harry Redknapp has told his QPR players they have nothing to celebrate this Christmas, but that they can party if and when they stay up
'I feel in our position we're in we've really got nothing to celebrate. If we get out of trouble we’ll have a big party at the end of the year, I’m sure. I just think this is the busiest time of the year.
'I haven’t discussed it with the players. Nobody’s come to see me and asked to have a Christmas party. If they did I’d say: “I'd rather you didn't.” We're not in a position where we've got anything to celebrate.'
Meanwhile, Redknapp confirmed Tal Ben Haim is having a trial with QPR.
Ben Haim, 30, has been without a club since leaving Portsmouth in August and has been training in west London under the watchful eye of QPR staff this week.
Redknapp told a press conference this morning: 'I am having a look at him, he’s a good defender, he’s a good lad and has a great attitude.
'He looks very fit and I have let him come in and train, we will just see where we go in the next couple of weeks.'
Ben Haim, who has also had spells at Bolton, Chelsea and Manchester City, has not played since Israel’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying defeat against Russia in September.
The new manager is looking to strengthen his squad next month after taking over a club rooted to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League without a win in their first 15 matches.
Redknapp has secured draws against Sunderland and Aston Villa since replacing Mark Hughes and his team face fellow strugglers Wigan at the DW Stadium tomorrow.
QPR players have to 'be at it' against Sunderland, warns new boss Redknapp
23:49 GMT, 24 November 2012
Harry Redknapp watched his new club
QPR slump to defeat at Manchester United just hours after
accepting the biggest challenge of his career.
Redknapp agreed a two-and-a-half year
contract to replace the sacked Mark Hughes and then travelled north to
sit glum-faced in the rain as defeat left Rangers five points from
Premier League safety and without a win this season.
Watching brief: Harry Redknapp (right) in the stands at Old Trafford
Redknapp considers the challenge far tougher than the job he took at Spurs in 2008, when they were bottom with two points from eight games.
He did not take charge of yesterday’s game, sitting instead next to chief executive Philip Beard, but warned the club’s highly paid stars he expects a massive improvement, starting at Sunderland on Tuesday night.
‘The players have to be at it. The buck stops with them. I know Mark lost his job, but it’s down to the players,’ said 65-year-old Redknapp, who will reportedly earn a 1million bonus on top of his 3m salary.
‘He could only do what he could do. There are some good players here and they really need to step up and start performing.
‘They are man enough to know they’re to blame for the position we are in.’
Hopeful moment: Jamie Mackie celebrates his goal for QPR
‘We can’t get any lower. We are rock
bottom. We have to try to get up that table. I remember when I was at
Portsmouth and we stayed up with a game to go at Wigan — it was the most
Chairman Tony Fernandes claimed the club had no option but to appoint
Redknapp after Hughes’s more remote style seemed to leave the QPR
‘Harry’s man-management skills are second to none and we are confident
he is the right man to lead us away from the bottom of the table,’ he
Redknapp claimed he was ready to take up a job managing England’s World
Cup qualifying opponents Ukraine before getting the offer from Rangers.
Yesterday was the first Premier League match he had attended since being
sacked by Spurs in the summer and being beaten to the England job by
Good to be back: Darren Fletcher scored on his return for Manchester United
‘I hadn’t wanted to go to Premier League games in case people wondered what I was doing there,’ he said.
Redknapp’s mere presence seemed to lift Rangers when they took a shock
lead through Jamie Mackie but United hit back with three goals in eight
minutes through Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher and Javier Hernandez.
No team have ever made a worse start to a Premier League season than
QPR’s four points in 13 games and he will make signing Spurs centre-half
Michael Dawson his top priority in January.
Redknapp will hold talks with Hughes’s assistants Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki this week.
They picked the team yesterday but Bowen said: ‘I don’t know what Harry’s plans are.’
Both are expected to leave the club.
In tandem: Manchester United's Javier Hernandez (right) and Anderson celebrate the third goal
Appleton eyes Thorne as first Blackpool buy as Freedman nets Butterfield for Bolton
23:11 GMT, 8 November 2012
Michael Appleton wants to make West Brom midfielder George Thorne his first signing as Blackpool manager.
Appleton took England U19 international Thorne to Portsmouth on loan last season.
Meanwhile, Bolton have signed Norwich midfielder Jacob Butterfield on loan. The 22-year-old will spend a month at the Reebok and is Dougie Freedman's first signing as Wanderers manager.
Wanted: West Bromwich Albion midfielder George Thorne (right)
Hull have signed Sunderland midfielder David Meyler, 23, on loan. Brighton winger Brennan Dickenson, 19, has joined Chesterfield on a one-month loan.