The South Coast club have endured a turbulent 2009/10 campaign,
with off-field troubles undermining their efforts all season.
Financial instability has cost them dear, with a nine-point penalty
incurred for becoming the first Premier League team to enter
administration. That sanction looks destined to condemn them to
relegation out of the top-flight, with it only a matter of time
before that fate is confirmed. The club must then start to plan for
life in the Championship and a bid to bounce back at the first time
of asking. There will, however, be an inevitable exodus of talent
over the summer, with Brown admitting that the squad could be down
to the bare bones by the time pre-season training gets underway.
“There are maybe nine or 10 players who are contracted for next
season and the rest will go,” the midfielder told Sky Sports News.
“There are lots of loanees and lots of players out of contract.
Whether those nine or 10 also stay, we are not sure as yet.” David
James will be among those expected to leave Fratton Park over the
summer, with the veteran keeper very much a top-flight performer.
Before then, though, he has a World Cup to think about, and the
39-year-old shot-stopper admits he needs to finish the season
strongly with Pompey if he is to force his way into Fabio Capello’s
plans. “Of course I want to be at the World Cup and ideally to be
the number one there, but the situation is about focusing on
Portsmouth,” he said. “Having missed the game on Saturday (against
Blackburn) through injury it is important that from Sunday and
there on in I make sure I am doing the right stuff and not having
any breakdowns.” Portsmouth take on Tottenham this weekend in the
semi-finals of the FA Cup, with the club looking to take the famous
trophy for a second time in three years.