Venables starts Portsmouth job
Tuesday 13 August 1996
Terry Venables returned to the training ground yesterday as he started work as director of football at the beleaguered First Division club, Portsmouth.
After turning down offers to take his talents abroad, the former England coach has joined a club which is losing pounds 7,600 per day and has a bank overdraft of pounds 1.6m. However, Venables denies that he is to pump funds into Pompey.
"I've done that before, and I got hurt," the former Tottenham manager said. "I was told that there are investors waiting to put money in, but that hasn't happened yet. They were probably waiting to see if I actually joined the club."
"The situation is that I'm in control of the club," Venables added. "People have asked me why I chose Portsmouth. The answer is I wanted to enjoy myself for a change. I've had enough of all the pressure and I want to have some fun. I'll take training a couple of times a week and get to as many matches as possible." He also said that the jobs of the club's manager, Terry Fenwick, and his coaching staff are not under threat.
As Lee Sharpe completed his pounds 4.5m transfer from Manchester United to Leeds, another member of last season's Old Trafford squad was on the move. The highly rated striker Jovan Kirovski, who impressed for the United States at the Atlanta Olympics, is joining Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga after the Department of Employment refused to give him a new work permit.
Dani, the Portuguese Under-21 international who joined West Ham on loan from Sporting Lisbon last term, has moved to the Dutch champions, Ajax, for a reported fee of pounds 2m.
Ivano Bonetti, the former Grimsby Town midfielder, has issued a High Court writ against the club and its manager, Brian Laws, in an attempt to win damages for the incident involving Laws at Luton in February which left the Italian nursing a broken cheek-bone.
Bonetti, who has since moved to Tranmere Rovers, has had two operations and is likely to require further surgery to remove a damaged nerve. In May, the Association charged Laws with misconduct over the incident, but the hearing has been postponed pending the outcome of Bonetti's civil case.
Latest in Sport
Brendan Rodgers future: Odds shorten on sack as Liverpool manager prepares to meet bosses in next 36 hours
Arsenal players boo chief-executive Ivan Gazidis after being told they would not get bonus for FA Cup triumph
Fifa corruption: Sepp Blatter's right-hand man Jerome Valcke 'sent' $10m payment to Jack Warner in letter from the South African FA
Liverpool transfer news: James Milner nearing Anfield switch, but club baulk at £32.5m Christian Benteke release clause
Fifa corruption: Europe plots to stage an 'alternative World Cup' in place of Russia 2018
- 1 Man on naked bike ride gets ejected after becoming aroused
- 4 Ann Summers survey reveals the UK's favourite sex position
- 5 Ayyan Ali: Pakistan's top model now appears in the courtroom rather than on the catwalk
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Why this year's general election was the most unfair in Britain's history
£18000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Executive is required t...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you inspired to bring new a...
£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company are a world leadin...