Portsmouth release Finnan

Republic of Ireland defender Steve Finnan has been released by his club Portsmouth.

Republic of Ireland defender Steve Finnan has been released by his club Portsmouth.

The Fratton Park club – £138m in debt – are preparing for life in the Coca-Cola Championship and hope to come out of administration, which saw them docked nine points by the Premier League, for the start of the new campaign.

A statement on the club’s official website, www.portsmouthfc.co.uk, read: “Preparations for Pompey’s 2010/11 season are already under way, as the football club looks to build a strong squad capable of challenging for the Championship title.

“Loan stars Jamie O’Hara (Tottenham), Hassan Yebda (Benfica), Aruna Dindane (Lens) and Frederic Piquionne (Lyon) all rejoin their parent clubs.

“Anthony Vanden Borre will also return to Serie A side Genoa, but Pompey are working on a new loan deal that will hopefully allow the defender to be come back to Fratton Park for a further season.

“Angelos Basinas, Jamie Ashdown, Steve Finnan and OJ Koroma have all been released.

“Portsmouth FC would like to thank the departing players for their tremendous service to the club during their time on the south coast.”

“The football club can confirm it has offered new contracts to influential first-team FA Cup heroes David James, Kanu, Hermann Hreidarsson and Ricardo Rocha.

“It’s hoped the popular quartet will bring a wealth of experience and strength to the Blues’ side as they seek to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

“A number of Pompey’s rising stars have also been approached with new deals to keep them at Fratton Park.

“Lennard Sowah, Matt Ritchie and Joel Ward have all been offered contracts, following their impressive breakthroughs at the end of the season.

“They are joined by fellow youngsters Marlon Pack and Tom Kilbey, along with reserve keeper Jon Stewart.

“Fratton favourite Linvoy Primus has also been offered a position at the club, following his retirement from football.

“And Pompey’s coaching staff have identified a number of players in different positions that they would like to bring into the squad, with work ongoing in this area.

Administrator Andrew Andronikou yesterday revealed the club hoped to retain some of their first-team squad to give Pompey a “firm base” on which to build.

While it remains to be seen whether manager Avram Grant, who is a target for West Ham, will be in charge next season, the south coast club hope today’s news we provide a positive start going forwards.

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