Mullins hopes 'crazy' days are over

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Portsmouth midfielder Hayden Mullins is ready to leave behind "a crazy year" and beckon in a new spell of stability for the club.

The Fratton Park club remain bottom of the Barclays Premier League but there have been indications that, under new manager Avram Grant, they are ready to push on up the table. A return of seven points from the last four matches have lifted spirits ahead of the Boxing Day clash away to Mullins' former club, and fellow strugglers, West Ham.

"It has been a crazy year," he said. "We've had all the money problems off the pitch, a lot of people leaving and we started (the season) with 14 players."

He added: "It's something I haven't seen in my career to date. If we come through it, it will be a massive achievement.

"I thought I'd left all those problems behind when I left West Ham but this has been a bigger scare with the players not getting paid on time. To start with 13 or 14 players is unbelievable for a Premiership side.

"That's why everyone feels bad for the manager (Paul Hart) who has just left. It's been a turbulent time and hopefully things can settle down a bit more from now."

Pompey looked almost certain to be playing Championship football next season after failing to claim a single point from their opening seven matches.

"It's unbelievable that we are still in touch," admits Mullins.

"We gave everyone a seven-game head start. It has been a crazy time. If we get out of it, it will be brilliant for all the players and the fans."

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