Ben Haim anger at Pompey woes
Defender wants to reward Pompey fans' unwavering support
Last Updated: May 14, 2010 12:57pm
Ben Haim: Angry with owners
Portsmouth defender Tal Ben Haim has taken a swipe at the club's former owners as they prepare for life in the Championship next season.
After racking up huge debts the club entered administration in February and received a nine-point deduction from the Premier League as a consequence, leaving Avram Grant's men with a near-impossible task to stay up.
Although Pompey are preparing to play in their second FA Cup final in three seasons, they are in a dire financial situation and the former Chelsea defender reckons that cash issues have played a significant role in the club's demise.
"The players try to concentrate on football and the manager keeps talking only about football, but it is not easy, because you come in every day not knowing what is going to happen," he said.
"Every other week we hear that someone new is going to buy the club yet apparently they will do it without money.
"I don't know why they try to do that. Maybe they just want to be famous.
"I am sure that the situation affected the players and if it was a normal situation like at all the clubs I have been at before then we would definitely have stayed in the Premier League."
Ben Haim is aiming to lift the FA Cup against his former club and give Portsmouth fans the perfect "gift" for their excellent support during a tumultuous season.
The Israeli centre-half believes a shock triumph against Premier League champions Chelsea would give the Fratton Park faithful just reward.
He said: "I have never seen fans that even when we lose and play badly and with all the bad situations that we have had this season still come to cheer us.
"If we can make them happy that would be the best gift for them."