Pompey call for patience from fans

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Portsmouth have asked for patience from fans as they attempt to stabilise the club's financial position.

The Premier League's bottom club on Friday night paid players their November wages after a delay attributed to problems arising from Ali Al Faraj's recent takeover.

A loan was needed to complete the payments for a second time this season but chief executive Peter Storrie believes the new owner will soon bring things under control, and told Sky Sports News: "The refinancing they have been putting together is actually going very well. They want a bit of understanding from fans because they have had a lot of debt to deal with and they have put a lot of money in."

Portsmouth last failed to pay their players on time just two months ago, again due to administrative difficulties following a takeover.

Sulaiman Al Fahim, owner of the club at the time, took out a £50million loan to meet the payments and then sold the club soon after. He had been at the Fratton Park helm just six weeks.

The latest problems added to the continuing turbulence at the club after the two takeovers, a poor start to the season, the imposition of a transfer embargo and the sacking of Paul Hart as manager.

A statement on Friday night read: "Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that the entire first-team squad has been paid in full.

"The club paid an initial 25% on Friday morning into the players' accounts with the remaining 75% paid through secured funds on Friday afternoon.

"The new owner and his associates inherited large debts and have already invested a substantial amount of money into the business.

"They are continuing to stabilise the club through refinancing which will ensure that foundations are in place to secure the future of the club without any further problems. We urge the fans to remain patient through this process."

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