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Portsmouth administrator defends Kitson and Lawrence salaries

Dave Kitson and Liam Lawrence have been offered salaries that are the "exception to the rule", claims Portsmouth administrator Andrew Andronikou. Pompey's existence has come under threat in recent times as a result of a financial crisis partly caused by the hefty pay packets of players.

However, he recognises that the club will have to spend a little more to attract players such as Lawrence and Kitson that will significantly strengthen Steve Cotterill's squad.

Andronikou told The News: "There has been a significant change in the wage bill this season. It is something we have had to do.

"Gone are the days when extraordinary pay packets put this club in financial trouble.

"Nowadays we are looking at a budget of £13-15m this season and around £10m for next season if we retain our Championship status.

"However, in the cases of Kitson and Lawrence, we have had to push the boat out a little.

"Their wages are £19,000s and £20,000s but it is something we are comfortable with.

"As long as our overall wage bill averages out at £10,000 a week then I am happy - and it still does.

"Obviously we would rather bring in players on £8-9,000 but there is obviously going to be exceptions to the rules."

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