Administration Unites Portsmouth Football Club

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIMarch 23, 2010

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - MARCH 20:  Kanu of Portsmouth celebrates scoring the winning goal during the Barclays Premier League match between  Portsmouth and Hull City at Fratton Park on March 20, 2010 in Portsmouth, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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On the surface, Portsmouth FC is a club in crisis, where nothing is going right.

Deep into administration, and with nine points deducted, there aren't many positives to take out of the current predicament.

But on closer inspection, there are a couple of things happening that are to be admired.

Firstly, the team spirit. In recent weeks there has been a unity that they have shown on the pitch that has been superb.

This is no longer just a job for these players; they care about the club, and they want the club to succeed again.

Even though the players know that the club is doomed, they have started to play for the shirt, and more importantly the fans.

The fans of Pompey are some of the most passionate in the country, and the players are showing their love for the club in their time of need.

Avram Grant is the driving force of the club. He has kept his players focused on the football—not an easy job when you think about the off-field problems the club has.

They may not be winning every game, but they still are giving the Fratton Park faithful something to be proud of.

Players like Jamie O'Hara are leaving everything they have on the pitch—making sure that this team cannot be humiliated on the pitch as they have off it.

It's players like O'Hara, Michael Brown, and Hermann Hreidarsson who deserve to play in the top leagues. Their commitment and passion is something that is dying in football.

It's obvious the club has no money—they've struggled to pay the players' wages all season.

Grant has even offered to contribute to the players if he had to. This shows a group of players and coaches who have bonded over the current plight of the club. 

When administrator Andrew Andronikou came into the club, a number of backroom staff were relieved of their positions. Around 80 people were put out of a job, from canteen workers to groundskeepers.

Well, the Pompey players have done their bit for a couple of these former employees.

Today it was announced that four of these people would be brought back to the club and that the players would be paying their wages.

Only a small gesture in the grand scheme of things, but it does show that they care for the people that have helped the club throughout the years.

These two points have made me come to respect the club and its players tremendously over the last couple of months.

Portsmouth was where I was born, but I've never really taken an interest in them.

Now, though, they've caught my attention. I love the passion of the fans and the dedication of Grant and his players.

They have the FA Cup left to aim for this season.

It would be fitting for all the parties mentioned in this article if they lifted that for the second time in two years.

I, for one, will be cheering them on.