Portsmouth allowed to sign players

Last updated : 25 July 2010 By Luke Thornhill

Portsmouth have been given permission by the Football League to sign three players despite being under a transfer embargo.

Although Pompey's financial problems are far from over, they will be allowed to strengthen to bring their squad up to the minimum amount of players required by league regulations - that is 20 .

"The Football League is working with the club to help it reduce its wage bill. As part of this process, it has given the club permission to bring in replacement players on a case-by-case basis," said a Football League spokesman.

The Cardiff City forward Michael Chopra has said he will leave the club if the playing squad is not strengthened - even though the Bluebirds are also under a transfer embargo.

The Welsh club owe money to Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs, and the Scottish Premier League club Motherwell have warned of legal action to recover unpaid transfer fees.

They were not paid £100,000 owed in January. It has all added up to a scenario which is clearly affecting players at Ninian Park, with Chopra predicting a drop in results from a side who reached the Championship play-off final last season.

"I'm well hacked off. If this club doesn't bring in new players, I'm off. I've had enough. Nothing is moving, with just a couple of weeks until the new season," he told the South Wales Echo.

"I can see that we will struggle this season if people at board level don't get real and sort this matter [the financial struggles] out sooner rather than later. It's not good for morale and I'm not the only one fuming about the lack of movement in the camp."

Bristol City's plans for a new stadium will be delayed by Bristol City Council rejecting an application to move a Sainsbury's store to Ashton Gate.

Without permission to build a new store on the site of Ashton Gate, the supermarket company will not purchase the stadium.

"We remain ambitious as a football club, both on and off the pitch, which, at the moment, is more than we feel able to say for our city's planners," read a statement from the club.

"However ambitious we might be though, we cannot move forward without the funds that the sale of Ashton Gate will generate."


Lee Carsley has penned a one-year contract with Championship side Coventry City.
The 36-year-old spent more than two years with the Sky Blues between 2000 and 2002 before enjoying a six-year spell with Everton.

Lee Carsley has penned a one-year contract with  Coventry City. The midfielder, 36, spent more than two years with the Sky Blues between 2000 and 2002 before enjoying a six-year spell with Everton and spending two years at Birmingham City.


Kenny Jackett has signed a contract extension with Millwall to remain as manager for a further three years. He led the Lions to promotion via the League One play-offs last season.