Nugent Has Been Playing For Peanuts
David Nugent may have been playing for us on loan this season but the money he earned was paid by Burnley FC directly to Portsmouth who were then supposed to pay him.
The dire financial situation at Portsmouth has of course been headline news with reports over the past few months of players not being paid. Pompey have been accused of late paying their players four times this season so far.
Chief executive Peter Storrie appeared before a crown court accused of tax evasion in January and the Hampshire club face a winding-up petition from HM Revenue & Customs at the High Court on 10 February.
It has been revealed today that Nugent has also been caught up in the payment fiasco.
Nugent speaking to the media said:
'Nobody knows what's going on at the football club and I feel sorry for the staff and players.
'If they aren't getting paid, then hopefully the new owner that is coming in can sort it all out and steady the ship.
'I've not been getting paid either - Burnley pay Portsmouth and then Portsmouth pay me, so I'm in the boat with them really.'
The new owner of course referred to above is Balram Chainrai who has today assumed control from former owner Ali Al Faraj after exercising a clause in their agreement over a £17m loan made to the Saudi. According to a Pompey spokesman Chainrai's company, Portpin have exercised a clause in their contractual agreement to take a controlling interest. They are taking control on a temporary basis to allow new owners to be found.
The saga therefore looks set to continue with Portsmouth still in a dire situation. They also lost a game last night away to Fulham and now remain firmly rooted at the bottom of the table five points behind Burnley who are now second from bottom following Hull's draw at home to League leaders, Chelsea on Tuesday night.
As far as Nugent is concerned he seems to be well out of it following his loan extension agreed in the January window. He will now remain a Claret until the end of the season but has also clarified his intentions in the summer:
'I'm trying to keep myself in the shop window - I'm only on loan and I think I'll be leaving Portsmouth in the summer,' he said.
'If Burnley stay up then I'll be looking to stay.'