It’s now not mathematically possible for Portsmouth to win promotion this season from Sky Bet League One, and so Pompey face another year in the third tier at the very least in 22/23.
The men from Fratton Park have gone close to a return to the Championship on several occasions in recent seasons but have not managed to get things over the line, and in that time they have changed manager from Kenny Jackett to Danny Cowley.
However, this season has seen inconsistency reign for the men from the south coast and they’ve never really looked like a side that was going to make a genuine play-off run, rather they just flirted with the top six on occasion.
Frustration naturally for Pompey fans, then, but CEO Eric Eisner has taken to Twitter to try and share his thoughts on the situation and reaffirmed that they are planning for the long-term success of the club:
We just got thru a pandemic.Not easy on anyone.Building the infrastructure and putting pieces in place. We have to be ready so we aren’t a yo-yo club.Stadium infrastructure, new training ground-tons happening-still believe that’s how you build a sustainable long term viable club
— Eric Eisner (@eric_eisner) April 20, 2022
There’s obviously a lot of work being done at Portsmouth off of the pitch to try and improve things and that is nice enough to see, but fans naturally want to see success on the pitch too.
Another season in League One awaits Portsmouth and, of course, their supporters would have hoped they’d be back in the Championship by now.
Perhaps next season can be the one, but it’ll be a big fight once again.