Portsmouth chief Peter Storrie has revealed how former chairman Sulaiman Al Fahim was convinced they'd be able to sign players after this summer's market closed.
"He did the deal on August 29 and I said we would have great difficulty getting players in by the 31st," Storrie told The Times. "He said, 'Can't you get them to extend the deadline?' He thought he could keep putting things off. When bills are due, they have got to be paid and he wasn't used to that."
The main one that went unpaid was the wage bill.
"I went to the dressing room after the game last week and apologised to the players personally and updated them," Storrie said.