Friendly to boost Pompey funds
Martin O’Neill will not discuss deals with his out-of-contract
players until Sunderland’s Premier League fate this season is
Defenders Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon are in the final
months of their current agreements, and Bramble has consistently
said he would like to stay.
The centre-half is back in favour and has started 10 games in
succession, but with Sunderland in a fight for Premier League
survival his future will remain unclear until the summer.
O’Neill told the Sunderland Echo: “Now, at this minute, the most
important issue is trying to get points on the board.
“I know it’s a cliche, but those things can wait.”
Sunderland have taken just two points from a possible 18 and go
into this weekend’s game against Norwich just six points above the
O’Neill’s side face a daunting run of fixtures after Norwich as
they take on Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton either side of
a derby at Newcastle.
The match is being organised in conjunction with the club’s
proposed new owners the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, with all proceeds
going towards their community stake in Portsmouth, and will take
place at Fratton Park on Tuesday, April 16.
Defender Hreidarsson, 38, who made 123 appearances for Pompey,
is paying the expenses to bring his side to the south coast as part
of an eight-day tour of England ahead of the new Icelandic Premier
PST chairman Ashley Brown said: “We were delighted when Hermann
approached us with this idea. This is a fantastic opportunity for
fans to come and say farewell to a terrific club servant, but more
importantly contribute to the biggest community share yet.
“Every penny will be reinvested in the club as part of the PST’s
shareholding, so this means any fan can have their stake in Pompey
simply by buying a ticket for the match.
“More details of prices will be announced soon, but no standard
ticket will cost more than ?10, so we feel this is a great way to
make community ownership accessible to all.”
Hreidarsson, who has recently been in England to complete a
coaching course, added: “It is a great opportunity for my players
to play at a legendary ground and all the money will be going to a
“My time at Pompey was a rollercoaster ride, with some terrific
highs like winning the FA Cup in my first season and also some
difficult times, which saw some good people lose their jobs.
“All the time, though, the Pompey fans were different class and
I didn’t feel I got the chance to say goodbye to them properly
after I was left for Coventry in 2012.”