Portsmouth players forced to multitask after staff cuts
The video above shows a personal message from Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton to fans of the club. When a club goes into administration, it is usual that all elements of the club pull together in an effort to save the sporting institution. But this community spirit has not been lost on Portsmouth’s players this week, who were working in the club ticket office selling tickets for this weekend’s game against Leeds United.
First team stars, including captain Liam Lawrence, Joel Ward and Greg Halford volunteered to replace staff that had lost their jobs due to the club falling into financial peril once again. The initiative is part of the ‘Pack the Park’ campaign, which aims to fill the ground for every home game in an effort to raise finds to save the club.
Trevor Birch, the administrator appointed by the club, was this week forced to sack thirty staff members and revealed that the club have debts of between £40 and £50 million.