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  • Writer's pictureDan Dodd

Pompey are Championship Bound

Portsmouth Football Club is a well-known name in English football, and in Europe. The club have years of Premier League football under their belt, along with two FA Cup trophies in their cabinet. Years of heartache have come and gone, however, the future is only looking up, currently...

The club’s most recent FA Cup victory was in 2008 when they beat Cardiff City. The famous European nights at Fratton Park certainly lived up to expectations, although Pompey unfortunately did not make it out of their group. However, did score a huge 2-2 draw at home to the European giants - AC Milan.

It hasn’t always been happy times at Fratton Park. In 2010, Pompey became the first team in Premier League history to be put into administration due to around a £70 million debt. This was just the start of turmoil for the huge English club. Subsequently, the club was relegated from the top division for the first time since 1983. Another point deduction followed in 2012 and the club found themselves at the foot of the English football league pyramid in League Two.

Pompey finally got their rebuild up and running when they gained promotion back to League One in 2017, when they won the League Two title. Since then, it’s been 5 consecutive seasons of third tier football, coming close but not close enough to that all-valuable Championship promotion.

Things do appear to finally be on the up again. The south coast club, now led under former Oxford United and Burton Albion player John Mousinho, have made League One a breeze so far this season. Still unbeaten and the best defense across the league, it’s hard to look past a potential return to the Championship next season for Pompey.

Mousinho took the job in his first managerial position towards the back-end of last season, after the club parted ways with Danny Cowley. He oversaw 23 league games, winning 10 and only losing four. It unfortunately was not enough for a playoff spot for Portsmouth, but there was encouraging signs that Mousinho could be the man that finally gets the club back into the Championship.

Mousinho didn’t mess around during the summer transfer window, trying to build a squad capable of finally making the step of escaping League One. The club made 14 strong signings, notably Conor Saughnessy from Burton Albion, Regan Poole from Lincoln City, and Christian Saydee from Bournemouth.

It is now hard to ignore Portsmouth’s automatic promotion campaign back into the Championship. Mousinho’s young but experienced squad give him solid League One options all over the park.

And finally stability, now from American owner, Micheal Eisner, who has given Mousinho the balance to bring in the quality that’s required to gain promotion from this difficult league.

It will not surprise anyone if Pompey gain promotion and become a stable consistent Championship club, with I’m sure a return to the Premier League on the cards for the even nearer future of this fantastic football club.

Portsmouth fans were once used to glory, from the times of Redknapp and Crouch, but I think it could now be time for Mousinho and Bishop to bring the fun back to Fratton Park...

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