Pompey fury over Dons duo
By Neil Foster
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mandaric has insisted that the administrators running the cash-strapped club had shaken hands on the deal for the young midfielder and Dons team-mate Jobi McAnuff (pictured), and they should now honour that deal.
Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie has already said that the club are thinking about taking legal action over the transfers but the Football League have come down on the side of the administrators.
The FA feel that the administrators were right to hold up the transfers if it paved the way for a new buyer to be found for Wimbledon.
The Dons' administrators are now negotiating with a consortium who want to buy the club, and they are digging their heels in over the two Pompey targets.
Mandaric is not happy with the situation and believes that his club is being given the run around.
He said: "We had agreed a price and shaken hands on it. The way I work in business, the deal was done.
"You don't go back on it. They should respect what we've agreed."
Football League spokesman Ian Christon said: "It's the administrators` job to get the best deal they can for the shareholders, the creditors, which will ensure the club can continue as a going concern."
Pompey are worried that the £350,000 price tag for the two players might rise to around £2 million if new owners take over The Dons.