Birch set a deadline of yesterday for former owner Balram Chainrai’s company Portpin and fans’ group the Pompey Supporters’ Trust to finalise their bids.
Birch says he is not yet in a position to complete the sale but has handed both parties more time to save the club. Portsmouth have been in administration since February and will go bust if a takeover is not completed.
Birch said: “Both Portpin and the Pompey Supporters’ Trust (PST) are continuing to work with the Football League, which must agree that they can take ownership of Portsmouth Football Club, and the Professional Footballers’ Association, which represents the players owed money by the club. However, neither party is in a position to complete an acquisition of the club at the moment.
Birch made no mention of a proposed third bid from a Middle East consortium involving another former Fratton Park owner, Sulaiman Al Fahim.