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Claims of an Arab interest in Pompey/Diarra hopes

Reports today in the People claim that Sacha Gaydamak is looking to sell up and a mysterious Arab group are looking to buy him out.

With respect to Alan Nixon - the journalist involved - I believe that most of his 'exclusives' rarely come to fruition so I would not be too sure on how much water this will actually hold!

The suggestion is that Gaydamak does want to sell - but like I say plenty of previous exclusives have died out before they have even started, so as with previous suggestions that he is looking to sell up lets not get carried away by this talk - be that a good or bad thing for Pompey, depending on what way you would look at this...

Takeovers are flavour of the month, so on what might have been a quiet day for the People maybe we were flavour of the day for them!


I, and plenty of others, were drooling over the performance of Lassana Diarra yesterday - and Harry Redknapp is another.

Whilst he, and we, know that it is as inevitable as night will follow day that Diarra will eventually move on to a 'bigger club' - and no matter what is said all the talk of a possible future move to Spurs is not the kind of move I mean! - Redknapp is praying he stays for a while to come: 'he's unbelievable, he really is. He's a top, top, top player and yet so easy to deal with, a good little lad who just wants to get on with it.

'Please God, he stays here for a while but, you know, one day he could go on and play for anybody, any of the big clubs in the world.

'He is back in the France team and he played both their games last week. My chief scout went to the Serbia game and said he was fantastic.

'Why they didn't play him (in Euro 2008) was a big surprise to me. I really don't know the answer to that one but now I'm hearing that Thuram is saying that he'll be the next French captain - yes, he's that good.

'I think we signed him for four years and he's tied up on contract here but you know what happens. If they want to go they usually go.'

The fella is happy enough here, we are more than happy with him so the signs are that he will stay for a while though but to be honest I think we will do well to keep him in January, let alone next summer! However the best way we can keep him is by keeping ourselves in or around the top 5 or 6 clubs in this country and should only worry about realistically losing him to 4 clubs over here - and he has already played for 2 of these, so the chances f returning to either of these are unlikely...

Either way, lets not worry about when he will leave, lets just enjoy things while we can with him being here!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 14 2008

Time: 3:37PM

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if we can keep playing well, keep winning FA cups, get into the champions league, get a new stadium, and maybe start signing some big (man city big) players, THEN he might stay... maybe
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14/09/2008 15:51:00

IF is a big word but Lassie is awesome when he plays like yesterday and he normally does.
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14/09/2008 16:07:00

Maybehe will like being a big fish in a little pond. He certainly didn't like the big ponds he has already visited.
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14/09/2008 19:25:00

Re Sasha selling. This story keeps cropping up and maybe he does want to sell. But wouldn't some foreign billionaire buy Newcastle over Portsmouth? After all, that is Definitely for sale.
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14/09/2008 19:27:00

if your a billionair, I dont think you look at whats for sale - you make it for sale! And at the moment, who would bye newcastle? theyre in a mess... whereas pompey are FA cup champions, and have a vetter squad. your choice...
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14/09/2008 20:01:00

I hear what you are saying carpet, and I suppose we do have "potential" as well. I know a bit about the Arab mentality, one of my best friends is one, it won't be long before more of them start looking at the Premier league now that one of them has done so.
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14/09/2008 20:18:00

we have "potential", but why buty a club with a stadium like ours? why not buy a club with a big stadium already in place rather than wait ages for ours to be built. surely everton will be looked at first?
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14/09/2008 20:35:00

true... if I were buying a club, everton would be most apealing...
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14/09/2008 20:43:00

.. interestingly if I were an Billionanire I'd buy Torquay and then over five or six years build them up to become a top premier league side.. That's an acheivement, not buyying the ready made thing...
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14/09/2008 21:10:00

I've seen rumours on other sites saying that Tony Adams is being linked with the Newcastle position. Can't see it happening myself but I guess it'll be a good career move for when there's a vacancy at Arse....bit of a baptism of fire though!
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14/09/2008 21:59:00

Trust me on this, Adams will NEVER make a manager. Some have it and some don't. He is a fine coach/assistant, but he's no manager. He is deluding himself.
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14/09/2008 22:49:00

he wasnt terrible at wycombe...
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15/09/2008 00:03:00

Have just read article @ Times Online with Sacha's dad Arcadi claiming that HE owns the club. Here's link: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/portsmouth/article4754215.ece
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15/09/2008 07:51:00

I really think that Diarra will stay for a while longer. I think he is really enjoying his playing time at Pompey. Then add the fact that we now have a good core of French and French speaking team mates. Winner. As long as we have a good season and do well in something to get Europe again next season i think he will stay.
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15/09/2008 09:56:00

Interesting article 2000
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15/09/2008 09:59:00

valuing us at £300 million is madness - offers of about £100 million would see sacha/arcadi run a mile - selling to a dubai family would also be the biggest thing for the club - forget problems with building a stadium - these guys would pay millions of pounds to effectively "buy out" the planning permission from the council for whatever stadium they wished to create. sachas real aim was to develop a new stadium/FP and so far hes failed. i have a contact at portsmouth city council whos a pompey supporter and i know for a fact they will be declined planning permission for their latest plans - as they havnt even submitted plans yet and have made no effort to contact the relevant departments in the council (environment, housing etc) for any ideas on how to they can help themselves get planning permission - i think sacha is now ready to sell up after being rejected twice for earlier plans and hes got no money left (more through the credit crunch than anything else) to fund the club sales/wage bill and selling to a multi-billionaire is the "in thing" for a prem club to do so maybe with an FA Cup/UEFA Cup and PLENTY of further potential (Champions League/Prem Title?!?!?!) we are up there with the likes of Villa/Everton/Spurs/Newcastle and the late Man City. I think its time to get bought out - if we do get bought out by a multi-billionaire I do hope they have good money management - I fear for Chelsea/Man City - if their owners leave the bills are going to be stupendous and we have been a good money managed club for the last few years I would like to see this continued. Pessimist out!
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15/09/2008 11:09:00

That Dixon journo is a tw4t.
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15/09/2008 12:50:00

...and I'm a tw4t for getting his name wrong.....Nixon.
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15/09/2008 12:51:00

So every Arab with Billions wants a prem team. Could be dangerous game. Money is needed but to what level. The only one's really gaining are the players.
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15/09/2008 13:13:00

pessimist certainly living up to his name with his views on the horsea island stadium being built!
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15/09/2008 14:11:00

Pessimist sounds about right. Very interesting that no enquiries have yet been made as to what would be required additional to the stadium to get the planning application. However, if Sasha was going to sell, he would have had all that wrapped up: FOR SALE: One Football Club going places, and a great big piece of cheap land for a new stadium and housing and shopping development. I don't know a lot about it, but put like that, do we sound attractive to an Arab Billionaire who might want to outdo his mate who has just bought ManC?
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15/09/2008 14:29:00

gandor u forgot: english manager with good communication/relationship with players, decent assistant, great fan base, uefa cup 09 ;), fa cup 08, potential for 40,000+ state of the art stadium (just how u want it!), a very good african/french team with english striking pair - not much more need for player investment. £300 million (ono - well £100 mill would do :p)
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15/09/2008 15:13:00

I don't want Portsmouth to be owned by Arab oil Sheiks. My reason is easily explained by the impending ruin of Man City.
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15/09/2008 15:25:00

I dont think man city will be ruined - maybe that's naiivty, but when you have £500billion, a premiership club is downright cheap!
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15/09/2008 17:07:00

carpet i really do think things will go belly up with citeh...
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15/09/2008 18:06:00

Bring on the Arabs/Indians chinese any one who has real money fro harry to getthe wright Phillips and Appiahs etc. We lost out onseveral cert deals this tear because we havent got the money. Think back..we were dead in the water,in comes Mandaric, saves us..slower than he anticipated and dearer..eventually he gets us into the prem and sells us and makes a modest profit. When he sells us it is at a crucial time when investment was needed to save us again, same scenario as when he came in but on the bigger stage. Sacha improves the quality and standing of the club -we've now gone from struggling 2nd teir team to struggling 1st tier team to now a struggling top eight to ten team(Financially compared to mcfc avfc and top 4 etc) Now would fit the pattern to sell on this remarkable upward shift, and to survive and compete it is necessary. because without any of the previous takeovers we would be playing where? Div 2, Blue square?
plymouth graham
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15/09/2008 21:46:00

Whether we like it or not, football is now a big bucks business and all the teams will eventually be owned by men with lots and lots of money to invest. IF things ARE going that way, it would be fun to be one of the first to be owned by arabs/chinese/indians, whoever. But as someone rightly pointed out earlier - we hope whoever does buy us takes a leaf out of Sascha Gaydamak's book and leaves Harry to get on with the Managing.
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15/09/2008 21:58:00


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