Appleton wants a say

Pompey boss speaks out as bids come in for debt-hit club

Last Updated: 24/08/12 10:19am

Appleton staying upbeat

Manager Michael Appleton insists he wants to have a say on who wins the race to buy Portsmouth.

"Considering we haven't got a chairman, a CEO, a commercial director or a financial director I'd like to think the manager of the football club could have a bit of a say in what could happen in the future."

Michael Appleton

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Balram Chainrai's Portpin group announced on Thursday that they have re-entered their bid to buy the Fratton Park outfit, who remain in administration, but a rival bid is expected from fans' group, the Pompey Supporters' Trust, on Friday.

Appleton took over at the crisis-hit club nine months ago and hopes administrator Trevor Birch will allow him to have a say on the future of the club because he feels he has the best interests of the supporters and players at heart.

Speaking on The Footballers' Football Show, he said: "From my own point of view, I'd like to see the blueprint and the business plan that they have in store for the football club

"It would be difficult for me to make too much comment about certain areas that need improving without seeing where they want to go with it.

"Considering we haven't got a chairman, a CEO, a commercial director or a financial director I'd like to think the manager of the football club could have a bit of a say in what could happen in the future, especially after the backlash of the last nine months or so.

"You've got to put yourself out there because at the end of the day the most important people at the football club are the fans. The fans keep the club going and I think the relationship the manager has with the fans, at times, can be important. That's what's happening at the club at the minute.

"If I've got an idea of what's going on at the football club, I have the relationship with them - and importantly the players.

"I've got to look at the players day in, day out and they want answers from me. When they see the politics side of the football club they want briefing."

Budget

After overseeing Portsmouth's relegation to League One last season Appleton admits he is expecting the club to be hit with another 10-point penalty during this campaign.

He says the dedication of a small group of players has helped him to rebuild the squad following their demotion from the Championship and he hopes investment is now on the way to help him strengthen further.

"From my point of view, I just want the best for the football club," he added.

"In turn you have to look after yourself and you want to get the best budget you possibly can for the level you're at because you want to get good players in and you want to have a good side.

"What we've had to do in a very, very short space of time is put together a team as best we can. I've been very lucky this year because I've had five or six players willing to hang on throughout the summer because they want to play for Pompey.

"That's quite rare these days, as it is anyway."

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