The recovery specialists from accountants Kidsons Impey were sent in at the beginning of the month to sort out the finances of "Pompey", as the south-coast club is called.
Messrs Burton and Ariel have quite a track record in rescuing footy clubs. They got a taste of it carrying out the restructuring of Brighton & Hove Albion in 1992. But they claim the receivership of Gillingham FC in 1995 as their best performance so far. Mr Burton says: "We found a buyer, when Gillingham was second bottom of Division 3 ... the club has now risen to 6th place in Division 2."
Mr Burton is a native of Glasgow, "where football is fairly difficult to avoid"; he supports Rangers. As for Mr Ariel, he comes from Kent, and supports Gillingham. He also used to support Maidstone - before they went out of business.