League One Portsmouth's prospects "look bleak on the pitch but the club's Supporters Trust remains confident it can secure the club's future off it," according to the PA. The troubled team confirmed on Tuesday that six first-team players "have left Fratton Park at the end of their short-term contracts as part of the ongoing cost-cutting process." Meanwhile, the saga of the Pompey Supporters Trust's attempt to buy the club "will rumble on at least until the end of the month after the latest court hearing was on Tuesday adjourned" until Jan. 31. The group's bid "hinges on the administrators, PKF, gaining permission to sell its Fratton Park, which is controlled by the former Portsmouth Owner Balram Chainrai." However, the PST said that "the latest delay gives it more time to successfully complete its takeover." Trust Chair Ashley Brown said, "Our original wish was to buy Fratton Park ourselves, and we are optimistic that we will be able to achieve this, which of course is what the fans want" (PA, 1/15).
Scottish Third Division club Rangers CEO Charles Green "hinted at a move to the fifth tier of English football" last week, and football Conference chiefs said that "they will discuss the issue next week," according to the Scotland DAILY RECORD. Conference Chair Brian Lee has "refused to rule out the option" of Rangers joining the Blue Square Bet Premier. Lee is "well aware that any attempts by Rangers to switch south of the border would be met by a number of obstacles." However, Lee believes such problems are "not insurmountable" and the issue is set to be discussed at a club summit Monday (DAILY RECORD, 1/15). In London, Stephen Mcgowan wrote Lee admitted that the idea also "has some support amongst his own clubs if the resistance of the footballing authorities can be navigated." Lee responded: "On Monday we have a mid-season meeting of clubs, and that could be a topic for conversation." UEFA recently "sanctioned a cross border female league in Belgium and Holland, prompting Green to threaten a sex discrimination case against the governing body if they block his desire to quit Scotland" (DAILY MAIL, 1/15).