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Cardiff boss Dave Jones has no sympathy for Portsmouth


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Cardiff City boss Dave Jones says he has no sympathy for fellow debt-troubled club Portsmouth, who they play at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Pompey were relegated to the Championship after being deducted nine points for going into administration last season amid £135m of debts.

The Bluebirds owe an estimated £30m and are under new ownership.

"Have I any sympathy?, I was asked, and no, none whatsoever," said ex-Southampton manager Jones.

"Nobody's got any for us so why should I have any for them?"

Jones also says the Bluebirds "owe" Pompey a defeat after their 1-0 FA Cup final loss to them at Wembley in 2008.

Jones says taking the drastic step of going into administration was an option the Bluebirds had to consider during a year in which they have been regular visitors to the High Court due to their debts.

We're paying down our debts bit by bit and everyone's going to get paid

Cardiff boss Dave Jones

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs have petitioned for the club to be wound up, but at each hearing Cardiff City were able to convince the court their finances were under control.

Jones said: "The easy option is go to into administration. But the option, sometimes, is taken out of your hands and clubs have to go into administration.

"This club had two decisions - do they or don't they? And they didn't and that's not a bad way.

"It means that we're paying down our debts bit by bit and everyone's going to get paid.

"I'm not saying that Pompey couldn't go into administration or whatever - maybe that's just the way it had to be for them.

"Lots of businesses do that and you can't get out of that. But our club decided not to and we got mullered from pillar to post because of that.

"But they've got their problems and we've got ours and we're trying to resolve ours just as much as they are and that's the way it is.


"And Stevie's [Steve Cotterill, Portsmouth boss] my mate - have I any sympathy?, I was asked, and no, none whatsoever because nobody's got any for us so why should I have any for them?"

Cardiff were under a transfer embargo lasting from much of last season until the benefits of the £6m takeover by a Malaysian consortium fronted by Dato Chan Tien Ghee made an impact.

Since the embargo was lifted, their signings have included Craig Bellamy on loan from Manchester City as well as Seyi Olofinjana and Danny Drinkwater.

Jones says he would like two more signings to be made before the end of the transfer window deadline on Tuesday.

He said: "We've brought in a lot of quality players and I'm very pleased with that."

And asked by BBC Sport Wales if bringing in two more players before the deadline was realistic, Jones replied: "Maybe, maybe, you never know. It's a different club under a different management."

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