Pompey Mess Could Mean Grant Recalls Nugent
Portsmouth have failed yet again to pay their players a salary.The club originally promised to send out payments on Tuesday, but the deadline was put back to Wednesday, and now there has been a further hitch.
This is just one symptom of a continuing saga of financial problems at the club with HM Revenue & Customs baying for blood and threatening them with administration or worse.
Portsmouth, who are currently banned by the Premier League from signing players, have had to cope with one financial crisis after another in a season where they are also fighting for survival in the top flight. Pompey are currently bottom of the table and things look bleak.
The club are looking at possibly selling some of their big name players to reduce the debt but they might also consider recalling striker David Nugent from his loan spell with Burnley.
'We are thinking about this,' said Pompey manager Avram Grant.
'In the next few days we will know. It depends on many things. But it could happen.'
Burnley have made it plain that they could not afford to bring Nugent to Turf Moor on a permanent basis with his salary in particular being the problem. Nugent though was one of Owen Coyle's admirers and with Coyle now on gardening leave and waiting to move to Bolton everything seems up in the air. It certainly doesn't look like we could extend the loan now to the end of the season and the club would probably want their new manager once appointed to be involved in that decision anyway even if Portsmouth would extend the loan. It is hoped to appoint a new manager within the next two weeks so we would still be in the transfer window and there could be some late developments.
It is not clear whether Portsmouth hope to recall Nugent so they can sell him and reduce the debt or whether they might wish to use him in the team to replace other strikers having to be sold with the embargo also not allowing them to bring in new strikers.
One terrible possible scenario is that they recall Nugent and allow Coyle to sign him for Bolton. They are believed to have three times our budget for new players at least and this was the main reason we are told Coyle decided to jump ship.
2010 is not exactly turning out to be a particularly happy one at the moment is it?