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Gaydamak - I have no plans to sell

Gaydamak - I have no plans to sell

Sasha Gaydamak is not seen that often, let alone heard from - but in an in depth interview with today's Sunday Mirror both he and Peter Storrie have had plenty to say…

Gaydamak says that he has no intention of selling Pompey anytime soon and only an 'obscene' offer would see him to do this, and the giant strides we have made forward - and they have been phenomenal over the past few years - are just the start: 'I have not sold the club and I have not actively sought to find a buyer. I'm in this for the long haul. What has been achieved is just the start.

'We are working towards the start of building a new training ground and stadium, and I can assure you that unless someone suddenly came and offered me an obscene amount of money I have no plans to sell up any day soon.

'I take speculation about the possible sale of Portsmouth as a compliment. It must mean we are making immense progress. We must be doing something right.

'Let's face it - there are only 20 Premier League clubs and there are a lot of people who want to buy into that. Unfortunately, they will not meet with much success trying to buy this club'.

Storrie said that the plans that the club have are long term ones, and these involve all connected to the club. He said that work is 'due' to start on our proposed new training facility in the summer and the plans for the much coveted new stadium are 'well in advance'.

As said our growth over the past 5 years, especially in the past couple has been the stuff beyond our wildest imaginations really. We can very nearly call ourselves an established 'top 10' premier league side and we are in the FA cup semi finals, with the chance of our first major domestic silverware in more than 50 years! All of this makes Gaydamak immensely proud, he added: 'Naturally I am delighted that we are playing for a place in the Cup Final, and on a personal note, right or wrong, it is a feeling of success and vindication.

'There were many people who laughed at us, claimed we had invested in a team of pensioners who would take us absolutely nowhere. Not so.

'To see the progress we have made on and off the pitch is remarkable and to play at Wembley is a dream I never realistically expected to fulfil in such a short space of time.

'Of course I'm emotional. Who wouldn't be? But I could do with getting the game out of the way because I think I'm getting on my wife's nerves talking about it every day'.

It is no secret that I am very pro-Redknapp, yep he winds me up beyond belief at times, but then again what manager would not? Gaydamak attributes much of the success we have been having, and will continue to hopefully have to Harry Redknapp, although he did fear he was going to leave for Newcastle: 'Harry is a fantastic manager. He is priceless. The players that come to this club and perform on the pitch do so because of the manager. But I was powerless to stop him going to Newcastle.

'I was on the phone to him non-stop when they made an official approach for him but if you are asking me to be honest about it, I genuinely feared he was leaving'.

Storrie shared these views, going as far as to say it would have been 'catastrophic' had he left, which although no one is irreplaceable replacing him would have been some challenge… as we have found before!

To finish with Gaydamak again reiterated the fact that his intention is to see the club continue to move forward, and his plans are big: 'as a club we will continue to evolve.

'We won't stand still. We want to play in Europe and eventually challenge the top-four clubs.

'It may sound unrealistic, but if you had asked any Portsmouth supporter if they expected to find themselves where we are today, they would have probably laughed in your face'.

I really hope that we can continue to move forward, I will be honest - and think that I have been quite open with this - I have been unsure on the financial status of Gaydamak, I have swayed back and forth on the 'does he have the funds available issue to make what we, and he wants possible' - in all honesty I still do not have a firm idea either way, but you know what fellas lets just enjoy the times we are having, we are the best fans in the world so I think we deserve this, so lets just enjoy the good times while we can eh!

It has not always been easy getting to where we are now, some decisions have been made, and things done - and probably will again - that we might not have liked but I am of the honest opinion that these are done and made in the best interests of Portsmouth football club to get us up with the very best one day hopefully? Yep, football is a business but if we are successful as a business we will inevitably be successful as a football club too, something that I want so long as the heart and soul of this fantastic club is not lost along the way…


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Date:Sunday March 30 2008
Time: 11:56AM


I'm coming round to Sacha a lot recently and am starting to believe his words .. the trouble he has, which isn't his fault is that he had such a hard act to follow with Milan, but he's making the right noises and doing the right things and we are all having the time of our lives so I think you are right Rug .. Let's just sit back and enjoy.. If Sacha ever needed a reason to see what the club means to the city Friday's 'Blue day' and Saturdays reception at wembley will show him not only what he has but also what the true potential of Pompey as a Fottball Club and a City is all about... Harry's seen it, Peter Storrie has seen it, Milan saw it too when we won the Championship... I hope we everything goes to plan and we can blow Sacha away too... Then get him to open his wallet agin ;)
30/03/2008 13:01:00
Sounds good news for all involved with PFC. We certainly owe Sasha a great deal for the way he has taken the club forward from Milan and long may it continue.
30/03/2008 13:04:00
n1 sacha you leg end!!! i still have the ssn recording when we "uncharacteristically" had a news conference about sacha taking over and unveiling his first capture with hr .... some dude called benjani! i would make the file available but its mega big! he has always said the same things unlike hr who rocks back and forth like a prossie on heat!!! this makes me believe him and do not think anyone really doesnt. there are still thoughts that he will sell once the stadium + houses/flats cash in as he is mainly dealing with real estate so the club will be worth a lot more than what he paid for it. if/when he does sell i hope he will follow in milans footsteps of not just finding the right amount of £££ in the bid but to pass it on to someone who is SENSIBLE!! thats the word that describes sacha, the opposite as far as the media are concerned in comparison to milan, he steps back and gets on with it. i have heard a rumour that the training grounds are likely to be given the go ahead very soon just ironing out a few points ... i wont hold my breath! lol.
30/03/2008 14:09:00
If he wanted to sell he would do it, he is a determined man with a head for business, however i feel that he is a genuine fan, and realises that he could be in charge of something really big. I hope his plans come to pass, and that we can really establish ourselves as a bigger club. He has given Harry money, and he has spent it well, and Harry rewarded him by not going to the "TOON" It would be nice personally for him to take the team to the cup final and for us to get to 60 points in the league.
30/03/2008 14:38:00
Glas he's come out and said this, because, I believe, stability is the foundations of the great times we are seeing now.
30/03/2008 15:23:00
Chix for me Sacha won me over almost straight away when he proceeded to change Fratton Park and make it more professional. We may play in a shed but at least he's tarted the shed up to something half respectable.
30/03/2008 18:19:00
I quite enjoyed the new electronic advertising board. At times guessing what was coming next was slightly more interesting than yesterdays training session.
30/03/2008 18:22:00
I hope my seat is next to him at Wembley, i believe i am in the same row as him, Peter Storrie and Fred Dineage.
30/03/2008 18:22:00
I much prefer an owner/chairman who is not being quoted in the press and seeking media attention. Gaydamak's low profile is to be applauded and helps make Pompey Football Club appear a class act. "HR" has enough to say, so Gaydamak suits me. I cannot stand the big football clubs with their loud owners. Take me back to the old days when most people were unaware of who held the purse strings.
30/03/2008 18:49:00
At least he has never said we are down to the bare bones, or the Russian equivelant.
30/03/2008 18:55:00
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