Pompey administrator calls crisis talks

Trevor Birch, the administrator of Portsmouth Football Club has said he plans to call an urgent meeting between Portpin and the Pompey Supporters' Trust after Balram Chanrai's business pulled out of buying the club.

He said, "In reviewing the options available to the club, we also note Portpin's offer to support any efforts to save Portsmouth in the forthcoming days. We are therefore urgently seeking a meeting with Portpin and the Pompey Supporters' Trust

to determine if the Trust's bid can be brought to a successful conclusion. We are working behind the scenes with Michael Appleton to enable the club to field as strong a team as possible for its first League match on Saturday."

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Portsmouth on the brink again

There are reports that Balram Chanrai has removed his bid to save Portsmouth Football Club.