Andronikou convinced on player compromise

Andrew Andronikou
Andrew Andronikou

FORMER Pompey administrator Andrew Andronikou has told The News he is convinced a compromise can be reached with the club’s high earners.

Mr Andronikou, whose firm UHY Hacker Young represents creditors Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI), the club’s former parent company, spoke out after present administrator Trevor Birch said Pompey will be wound up on August 10 unless deals can be reached with the players in question.

He revealed parties are within £250,000 of reaching an agreement with defender Tal Ben Haim, while boss Michael Appleton has been involved in player deals.

He said: ‘I am deeply concerned about the immediate future of the club, but I am convinced that if both parties, the club and the players, can come to the table and stop conducting such personal negotiations through the media, a compromise will 
be reached.

‘As far as the Ben Haim situation, I understand both sides are within £250,000 of agreeing an amicable solution, so I really cannot believe that a sensible solution cannot be delivered here.

‘Liquidation doesn’t have to happen.’