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Further pay cuts for Portsmouth staff

Staff at cash-strapped League One Portsmouth have been told they face a further pay cut as the club looks to stave off liquidation. The club are £61m in debt and have been in administration since 17 February.

In 2012, administrators PKF made around 40 staff redundant while also allowing all of their senior players to leave.

"As part of our on-going efforts to restructure the club's costs, we have asked staff to take a further pay cut," said administrator Trevor Birch.

Staff at the club - which does not include players - have already seen their wages cut several times in the past 12 months, but are expected to be forced to accept a further 10% reduction.

"We appreciate that these measures are very painful for those involved," Birch added.

"But we are still in a critical condition and wouldn't be undertaking them if they weren't necessary. We thank the staff for their continuing loyalty and commitment in what is a stressful time for all concerned."

The club are currently in the process of a takeover bid by the Pompey Supporters' Trust, but their purchase is conditional on them taking control of Fratton Park.

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