Redundancy baffles Jacob

Former executive director Mark Jacob cannot understand why he has been made redundant by Portsmouth because he was never paid by the club anyway.

The 43-year-old was one of 85 employees to lose their jobs at Fratton Park earlier this week when administrator Andrew Andronikou wielded his axe.

However, Jacob said:"I'm disappointed as I felt I had a continuing role to play. But clearly various changes of ownership and cuts meant my position was very, very awkward.

"I'm a dedicated football fan who felt I had a role to play at the club in bringing in an element of gravitas and putting the club back into the community. Unfortunately, many of my suggestions were not carried out by either of the owners or fellow directors.

"Quite clearly the profile of the club is such that it needs to be built from the community upwards and not from the top downwards. That's something which has to change.

"The club is in this financial crisis owing to years of excess. It isn't something that's happened overnight.

"To be honest, I can completely understand why the administrator has taken this action. He said he couldn't find a role for me within the club and I respect that.

"However, I've never been paid. How could I justify collecting a salary from a company that was clearly not turning in profits?"Redi

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