Portsmouth relegation: Guy Whittingham remains positive
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Portsmouth caretaker-manager Guy Whittingham says the club have a positive future, despite suffering a second successive relegation.
Pompey are now bound for League Two having come down from the Championship.
Five years ago the club were FA Cup winners and in the Premier League, but they have been hit by financial issues.
"I'm glad to say we've come out the other side and everything is looking a lot more positive," Whittingham told BBC Radio Solent.
Portsmouth, who have been in administration since February 2012, are on the verge of a takeover by the Pompey Supporters' Trust (PST) following a complex legal battle with former owners Portpin.
Since winning the FA Cup in 2008 they have suffered three relegations in four seasons and have been in administration twice in three years.
But with the PST about to take control, and the club set to exit administration by Friday, Whittingham believes supporters should not be too despondent.
"It's been such a difficult time and the club unfortunately found itself where it was," he said.
"We tried, we remained competitive but ultimately it wasn't enough. I do think we've given everything we can given the circumstances."
During the summer the club were forced to sell every senior player and Whittingham has had to work under incredibly difficult conditions since taking over from ex-boss Michael Appleton in November.
And he says despite their relegation they are determined to end their troubled season on a high.
"No one knows what went on in December and January," he continued. "That was not pleasant to be around the football club but it was where we were and we got on with it.
"It's important that we remain competitive in our final two games - we want to win them.
"We will hopefully have our first home game on Saturday with everything sealed [the club out of administration] and with new owners, so we want to get off to a good start as far as that is concerned. Then we've got our last game of the season and everyone wants to win the last game of the season."
The chairman of the PST Ashley Brown admits relegation was "inevitable", after the Football League confirmed several months ago that Pompey faced another 10-point penalty when they came out of administration.
There has been some ambiguity as to when that penalty will be imposed, based on how competitive or otherwise the club are when they exit administration.
However, despite already being relegated, Brown believes the penalty will not be carried into next season.
"Relegation was inevitable," Brown told BBC Radio Solent. "We've been expecting it for quite a while.
"We knew the minus 10 points would be coming off so we've been relegated for a few weeks now.
"Our understanding and agreement with the Football League is that the 10-point deduction will be coming off this season regardless of the fact we are already relegated."
Brown added that it would be huge blow for the club to be hit with the penalty next season and said they would be in touch with the League in the coming days to clarify the situation.
"It would be devastating to have them taken off next season and have to start next season on minus 10," he added.
"We have our agreement with the League - they set us a number of conditions in order to keep our 'golden share' [League status] and one of those was to have a points deduction this season.
"Our chairman elect spoke to them two or three days ago and I'm sure our lawyers will be talking to them in the coming days."
However, for any Saints fans to gloat means they have very short memories, and where's the fun in a "friendly" rivalry when you don't get to play each other?
The currently deferred 10pt deductions if for failing to service the CVA from the 2010 admin, not for going into admin in 2012.
Now if someone at Pompey gets some remorse and decides to pay the full amount of the original CVA I'm sure the FL wouldn't impose the 10pt penalty.
That is why I am certain once the club is own by these fans, they will be falling over themselves to pay all the money the club owes charities, local businesses and you and I in the form of unpaid taxes.
That's how good the fans are
And they will volunteer to have their name removed from the FA cup in the spirit of Lance Armstrong.
Last night Portsmouth were condemned to League 2, on the same night as Cardiff won promotion to the top flight.
Portsmouth have been given special dispensation by the Football League to start the season on zero points despite being in administration.
But Pompey will now be penalised as and when they exit administration.
The normal rules are that if you are already relegated then the penalty is carried forward
Pull the other one. you all reveled in the success Redknapp brought you, I bet you were not bleating then. Portsmouth are been punished for breaking the rules and not some silly FA vendetta.The 'Fit and proper test' is the same for all businesses in this country., regardless of whether it's a sports team or any other so don't blame the FA.
I think people did ask questions then but were slightly blinded by the success it was bringing. Looking back it was fairly obvious a 'small' club like Portsmouth were obviously doing something a bit strange to afford the wages they were paying.