Pompey sticking by contract stance

Mark Catlin. Picture: Joe Pepler
Mark Catlin. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Pompey have 11 players out of contract in the summer
  • Remaining three loanees to also depart
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Mark Catlin has reiterated there will be no contract renewals until Pompey’s new manager is at the helm.

However, Dan Butler and Adam Webster will be offered fresh terms to ensure compensation should they opt to depart.

We have not interfered all the way along since the day we came out of administration and, as always, the final decision on any player selection will be down to the manager

Mark Catlin

The managerless Blues have 11 players out of contract this summer.

The most high profile is 10-goal Ryan Taylor, who is being coveted by Oxford United.

In terms of the current first-team squad, Joe Devera, Nicky Shorey, Wes Fogden and Ben Close also have existing deals expiring.

Yet until Andy Awford’s replacement has been appointed, Catlin insists there will be no developments.

The Blues’ chief executive said: ‘There will be no decisions made on any player in or out until the new manager arrives.

‘I don’t believe it is right for us to give new deals until that point.

‘We have not interfered all the way along since the day we came out of administration and, as always, the final decision on any player selection will be down to the manager.

‘So we won’t be making that decision.

‘The two exceptions may possibly be Dan and Adam, which is to protect the club with potential compensation rights moving forward.

‘By the third Saturday in May we have to make them an offer which improves on their current contract.

‘That will then protect us in regards of any compensation.

‘We are currently in discussions with the pair of them.’

Others out of contract include Ben Chorley, Bradley Tarbuck, Danny East and Tom Craddock.

The loans of Nyron Nosworthy, Josh Passley and Paul McCallum will also end.