Portsmouth has moved a step closer to coming out of administration after the club's creditors voted in favour of Balram Chainrai's Company Voluntary Arrangement proposal at a meeting at
Former Pompey owner Chainrai, who is personally owed millions of pounds by the club, now has 28 days to begin the process and bring Portsmouth out of administration.
However, the decision does not mean the end of the line for the
If Chainrai takes over, the PST can do a deal with him directly to buy the club.
Alternatively, if the PST puts together a better bid within the 28 days, then administrator
A statement from Birch, a partner at PKF accountants & business advisers and joint administrator of
"We are beginning to see light at the end of what has, at times, been a very long and dark tunnel. This is, however, still dependent on restructuring the player cost base, which is a condition of both the existing offers.
"As well as securing approval of the CVA, we have also agreed modifications that will enable us to enter negotiations with other interested parties.
"As a result, we plan to meet with the
"The shareholders have also approved the CVA.
"My PKF colleagues and I would like to thank the creditors, not only for their support today but also for their patience and understanding during the last few months.
"There are still plenty of obstacles, and much work to do, but the approval of the CVA and the modification to the proposals means that progress is being made towards achieving this objective."
Portsmouth is currently in the region of £60 million ($93.21 million) in debt after previous owner Convers Sports Initiatives went into administration.
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