Pompey get administration go-ahead

The crisis club escaped being wound up last Thursday after HMRC

abandoned their claim owner Balram Chainrai did not have the legal

right to put the club into administration. Administrator Andrew

Andronikou revealed on Sunday he would look to set up a meeting

with Premier League officials later this week, once the challenge

to the validity of the move into administration had finally been

cleared up. Pompey face a nine point deduction from the Premier

League which would all but condemn them to relegation. Andronikou

announced 85 members of staff, including director Mark Jacob, were

being made redundant on Wednesday. They were followed out of the

door by chief executive Peter Storrie, who announced he was

stepping down on Friday evening following fierce criticism from

supporters. The south coast club became the first Premier League

club to go into administration on February 26, but the move was

challenged on March 1.