Portsmouth's debt crisis: the experts' views on how and why it happened

21 April 2010 06:19
Andrew Andronikou (Portsmouth administrator, who compiled the report): "Once the report goes out to creditors, it will give the creditors an opportunity to write back and actually specify exactly what we do owe them so there may be a further variation in that figure.

"It could go higher it could go lower. There is nothing better than having a third party confirm the exact balance between the club and the creditors.

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(Source: Sky Sports News)

Richard Scudamore (Premier League chief executive): "I'm on record as saying in January that if a club, whilst in the Premier League, went into administration it would be down to bad management at the club. And it is.

"If you start the season knowing you're going to get between £30 million and £50 million as a starter from the Premier League, through the year, it is entirely possible to get yourself organised so you don't get into the difficulties that Portsmouth got into.

"It is one of the great balancers of our league. All the money is distributed evenly, so Wigan and Burnley this season will have earned as much international television exposure as Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

"That's an important redistribution mechanism - and that's what stands us out from the other leagues in Europe, particularly the Spanish."

(Source: BBC Five Live)

Harry Redknapp (former manager): 'Who knows where the money has gone, who knows what they have done? My record was amazing, unbelievable.

'Sylvain Distin was free, sold for £5 million, so with his wages cost nothing. Lassana Diarra cost £5 million, was paid £2.5 million in wages, and they sold him for £22 million. Glen Johnson cost £4 million, was on £30,000 a week, they sold him for £18 million. They even made £9 million profit on Jermain Defoe.

'They didn't say: 'We haven't got money so we're not going to spend'. They spent about £11 million."

Source: Telegraph