Varney - Pompey can survive

Fratton Park midfielder has 'gut feeling' club will be saved

Luke Varney: Portsmouth midfielder feels Fratton Park side can escape financial woes

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Portsmouth midfielder Luke Varney remains confident that the Fratton Park club can be saved from financial oblivion.

Pompey were plunged into administration for the second time in as many years last month and there are fears that they may not be able to complete the season, due to their dire situation.

The prospect of salvation has emerged in the shape of former owner Balu Chainrai, who has told Sky Sports News HD that he would be prepared to take control of the club again if it prevents liquidation.

And Varney, who joined the South Coast side in the summer from Derby, has a 'gut feeling' that the 2008 FA Cup winners will live to fight another day.

"It's a difficult situation. I just hope someone comes in and completely wipes the slate clean. This club deserves it," he said.

"There are little murmurs you hear, that someone's bound to come in, it's such a great club with great supporters. My gut feeling? I think we'll be fine."

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"It's been through so much over the years. I've only been here six months but I feel for everyone who's been here a long time.

"There are little murmurs you hear, that someone's bound to come in, it's such a great club with great supporters. My gut feeling? I think we'll be fine."

Pompey boss Michael Appleton has been forced to allow Liam Lawrence and Erik Huseklepp in recent weeks, and would be loath to see Varney head for the exit, with Leeds reported to be monitoring his situation.

Appleton said: "Getting Luke back was the biggest plus point. It would certainly make my life more difficult if we had to let him go.

"Managing Portsmouth now would be a difficult job for Alex Ferguson - but I still love coming to work."

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