Andrew Andronikou, a partner at UHY Hacker Young and administrator at
Portsmouth FC, has recruited David Lampitt to take the CEO post at the collapsed
Lampitt is the Football Association’s (FA) head of football integrity and
oversaw the FA’s investigation into Portsmouth’s last three transfers,
Daily Telegraph reported.
In a statement Andronikou said: “I am pleased we have attracted someone of
this calibre to become chief executive. My objective is to ensure that the club
exits from administration as soon as possible and it is critically important for
Portsmouth’s future that we have, in David, a chief executive who will be widely
acknowledged and recognised as a safe pair of hands.”
Lampitt previously worked at Ernst & Young and Coopers & Lybrand in
The timing of the appointment has raised eyebrows in the industry as a new
owner for the club would more than likely want to recruit their own executive
team. Following this announcement it is believed a deal to sell Portsmouth is
closer than previously thought, said the paper.
Andronikou has his hands full this week, as he plans to lodge paperwork
allowing the club to play in the Europa League next season.
Portsmouth, as FA Cup finalists, is automatically entered into the European
League whether they win at Wembley or not next week.
Unfortunately the club failed to apply for a licence by the deadline, 1
March, as it entered administration meaning they are unable to play in the
Andronikou is appealing to the Football Association this week to seek entry.
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