Finnan reveals Pompey doubts

Defender Steve Finnan has admitted that not being paid on time for the third time this season is beginning to have a negative effect on the Portsmouth players.

The crisis-torn Fratton Park outfit have promised their players that December's salaries will be in their bank accounts on January 5.

A club statement cited a 'short-term delay' in the processing of funds for the third missed payment date during a turbulent season which has seen the Premier League's bottom club pass between three different owners.

However, despite the latest explanation, full-back Finnan claims the precarious nature of the club's finances is beginning to have a negative effect in the dressing room.

Earlier in the week, Pompey denied that they had been issued with a winding-up petition by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs over unpaid taxes.

The troubled south coast club are also operating under a Premier League transfer embargo.

"The players obviously talk about what is going on – about getting paid – but as players we have to get on with our job for the club and hopefully things can resolve themselves, but I think no-one really seems to know what is going on," said Finnan.

"It worries us, it is not nice for the fans, they have obviously been supporting the club for a long time – it is just not fair on them.

"For the players it is the same – we want to play for the club.

"It concerns everyone involved, hopefully it will get resolved, but the players have to keep fighting away."

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