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Keeper to leave Fratton Park
Liam O’Brien has agreed a deal to sign for Coventry.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper will join the League Two side when his Pompey contract expires next month.
He played three times for the Blues last season, with all of his appearances coming in the EFL Trophy group stages.
O’Brien kept a clean sheet in a victory over Bristol Rovers and also saved three penalties in a shoot-out defeat to Reading.
He came through the youth system at Fratton Park before going on to play for Barnet, Brentford and Dagenham.
But O’Brien returned last summer and deputised for David Forde, sitting on the bench for every League Two fixture.
As per usual we will get the left wing apologists, the yelling at the right wing and nothing actually done
Defender agrees deal with Sheffield United
Enda Stevens has agreed a deal to sign for Sheffield United.
The 26-year-old left-back will join the Blades when his Blues contract expires at the end of June.
He made 99 appearances for Pompey after arriving from Doncaster in the summer of 2015.
Stevens was named both Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Season last term as Paul Cook’s side secured the League Two title.
He also netted his only goal for the club in a dramatic 3-2 victory at Newport on Boxing Day
Portsmouth Trust Statement
Over the last two weeks, 2,272 PST shareholders have cast their vote to determine the outcome of the Tornante bid for Portsmouth Football Club.
Following a 93.6 % turnout, 1,825 shareholders voted to sell the PST shares.
On Saturday, the PST Secretary informed Portsmouth FC of the outcome of the vote and the wish to sell the PST’s 48.5% shareholding to Tornante.
75% of the Presidents have voted to sell their respective stakes in the club. Together with the PST’s 48.5%, this means 81.4% of the club’s equity holding is in agreement with the sale. The threshold to approve a sale, as laid down in the shareholders’ agreement, is 75%
Discussions around the sale will now begin with Tornante representatives and the timeline will be managed by Tornante.
PST Chairman Ashley Brown said “This is true fan ownership and democracy at work. Our fans decided who the next owner of our club would be – and it will be Michael Eisner and Tornante. The Trust board would like to wish Michael the very best of luck. We believe he understands the importance of the custodianship of Pompey and will be an owner all fans will be proud of. We look forward to working with him, his family and Tornante for many years to come”
Throughout this process, the PST board have strived to provide the membership with factual information to enable them to make an informed decision. During negotiations, PST presented matters and issues previously discussed with the membership and are pleased that some have been included in the Tornante offer. We will shortly begin a new era at Fratton Park and the Trust will continue to be an influential and relevant body in the club’s future. We will have three board members representing the PST on the Heritage and advisory board and we will be happy to help the Eisner family in any way we can to ensure the long term success of Portsmouth FC.
Our Trust Directors on the PFC board will remain in place during the transition period and will be working to find ways to enable Michael Eisner to assist the coaching staff in their close season planning ahead of the deal closure. After such a tremendous season, we would like to thank Paul Cook, his coaching team and the players for the fantastic job they have done, and wish them all the very best of luck in League One. The board would also like to thank Iain McInnes for his passionate and focused leadership as Chairman of Pompey.
Most importantly, we would like to thank you, the shareholders, fundraisers, syndicate members and fans whose incredible support allowed a fan owned club to recover from a perilous state to become Champions of League Two.