League One: New Portsmouth chief's budget warning to promotion rivals

New Portsmouth chief executive Andy Cullen insists Pompey will be competitive and can come out on top this season against their League One promotion rivals.

Sunday, 20th June 2021, 6:12 pm
Fratton Park, home of Portsmouth. Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Portsmouth’s budget will be reduced this season compared to last but the new Pompey chief insists his club will once again prove a fierce competitor.

Cullen told The News: “I think we can be competitive.

“If you look back over many seasons in League One, you will find clubs are able to compete against those with all the money.

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“It took Sheffield United, with a big budget, several years to get out of League One.

“Sunderland, with far and away the biggest budget, have been in the division for three seasons.

“What’s important is you have an identity, you have a philosophy and you have players who are committed to the football club.

“The manager has chosen those players to fit with the philosophy and identity he has.

“So that’s what we have to work towards - supporting the manager in creating an identity and philosophy which will take the football club forward.

“That’s what we’re trying to do.”