Appleton steps in to help ease stand-off

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Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton has personally persuaded players to leave Fratton Park
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Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton has personally persuaded players to leave Fratton Park

Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton has personally persuaded players to leave Fratton Park in a bid to save the club.

Cash-strapped Pompey have been set a August 10 deadline by administrators to have their finances in order or face going out of business.

Appleton revealed he has stepped in to end stand-offs between players and the administrators.

"I have spoken to numerous players over the last few days regarding everything that is going on," he told the Portsmouth News. "There is a bit of slow progress, so hopefully come the end of the week there might be a bit more light at the end of the tunnel in terms of people leaving.

"I have been worried about the situation and it is something I felt I had to do. I wanted to reassure these players and keep them as up-to-date as much as I possibly can. Possibly, a different voice will help. That is why I tried to intervene a little bit and help the situation.

"It seemed to work because two have gone [Luke Varney and David Norris] and I think another [Erik Huseklepp] is just around the corner."

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