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Window Shopping

There has been a lot of media speculation recently about the purchase, whether in full or part of Pompey and as is usual in these situations we have been linked to various consortiums from all corners of the World.

There is one story however, which crops up time and again which seems to have a lot of Pompey supporters 'up in arms' - The 'suggested' approach from Pini Zahavi.

Recap
To recap: The Pini Zahavi proposal is 'supposed' to offer Pompey; Continuity of the Training Ground and Stadium plans, a completely new management structure with a proven National Coach as Manager and, the debating point for this article; the opportunity to become a 'Shop Window' to showcase up and coming talent - The idea being, that the talent is then sold on for a hefty profit.

Having spoken to a number of people about the 'Shop Window' idea there seems to be a unanimous 'anti-Pini Zahavi' feeling and to be honest I find this quite odd.

Why as Pompey fans would we not want to see:
A) Significant investment in our club?
B) Milan's and Sasha's dream of a new stadium come to fruition?
C) The best upcoming talent play for Pompey?
D) The club make a hefty profit?

Before you Respond
Now I'm sure at this point you feel you'd like to respond but before you do, consider the answers to your potential misgivings.

The players won't be committed to the club
Why not, surely you'd get more commitment on the pitch from a player trying to prove his worth and realise his dream of playing for one of the big boys. As for club loyalty, well after the past couple of weeks I no longer believe it exists.

We would be used as a feeder club for G14 clubs
So what! Are we naïve enough to believe that at present we could withstand an offer for an upcoming talent now? Muntari anybody?

Our Premiership status, let alone Europe would not be a priority
Why not? Surely a 'shop window' needs a prime location and surely a player's price is heightened if they have Premiership and European experience

Players would spend no more than a couple of years at the club before being sold on
Who from our starting XI on Saturday has completed three consecutive seasons with the club?

It could mean the end of signing 'established' players
Sure it might, but for every Defoe there is an Utaka, for every Crouch a Nugent - What it would do is rid our wage bill of over inflated salaries for players that are content to sit and do nothing.

Is it not true that the reason those I've spoken to do not like Pini Zahavi's proposal is that it clearly labels us, not as a sleeping giant or as a potential title contender, but as a club who sells it's prize assets. In my opinion that's exactly what we will have to do anyway if we do not get a buyer, so what is the difference?

Pini Zahavi's idea is clear, concise and in my opinion an honest (and sound) business proposition. It does not try and seduce us by saying we are going to win the league. It does not patronise us by promising we will compete with the big boys. What it does do is nail our feet firmly to the floor and tell us to stop dreaming about becoming a Liverpool, Chelsea or Arsenal - It ain't going to happen.

Face Facts
Let's face facts - If Sasha is to sell, what would you rather have? A rich millionaire who wants a play thing or a sound businessman who sees an opportunity to make a good solid long term profit by plugging a hole on the market.

More Diarra's anybody?

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Writer:Chix
Date:Monday November 10 2008
Time: 2:44PM

Comments

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Thoughtful, Chix and difficult to argue with.
UKTony
10/11/2008 15:12:00
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When you put it like that but it still makes you sceptical. You can argue all clubs are feeder clubs to the really big guns but ocassionally we get them back & do things with them, if not briefly.
storagematt
10/11/2008 15:13:00
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zahavi has a well earnt reputation for letting people down, his name is almost always involved whenever a dodgy deal gets investigated. The French tax investigators want to have a chat with him. The rules say a club should be run as independant body without fear of influence, zahavi is already under investigation for that in other countries so how can he own PFC and be prepared to give up his agency work to avoid a conflict of intrest, would he even pass the latest fit and proper test ? It seems a touch arrogant of you to dismiss a SA gold and development consortium as just wanting a rich mans play thing. Finally just cos you have given up on winning something as an independant club it doesn't mean the rest of us have.
russellm
10/11/2008 15:16:00
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isnt there also a rule about an agent not being involved directly or indiectly with eirher party on a move between a player and a club and with any single with a club on more than a set amount of deals. Otherwise i really enjoyed that article chix, keep em coming.
russellm
10/11/2008 15:23:00
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Really good article Chix and a convincing argument. I hadnt really sat down and thought about this properly. Just a thought, but not sure i'd be happy to be completely limited to only young upcoming players. What about old hats? Picking up a Prosinecki/David James type, near end of career would never happen again!
SUAC51
10/11/2008 15:34:00
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I had thought about this from you're side of the argument before reading the article and to be honest still don't see this as a good option. Why should we not aim to be a big club in say 10 or 15 years? Why should we always have to limt ourselves to selling the best players we have? You will never achieve anything if you do not aim for it. I do not see the point in competing for something if you are not trying to win it.

Why would we be a play thing? Most clubs are bought as an investment, the rewards of which will always be made when selling on in the future. I can only think of two clubs that have been bought for fun, one of which has been very successful.
sneakay
10/11/2008 16:34:00
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sneakay - if you had £70m id think the last thing ud think of diong with it is spending it on a football club , maybe im wrong , but I wouldnt. apart from stupid levels of management fees , wages etc ONLY staying in the prem guarantees income. if sky/bbc suddenly pulled out of tv sponsorships (this COULD happen) then were does that £60m go?!?! owning a football club is not an investment - ask sacha!
pompey--pessimist
10/11/2008 17:09:00
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but if you had £70 billion, you may be intrested in investing in the brand, which you could use to enhance the image of your other products... or failing that, you could always use them as a play thing...
pompeycarpet
10/11/2008 18:24:00
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Chix your arguement is NOT convincing. Every Pompey fan dreams of the club one day being in the top four. You cannot take this dream away without totally destroying Pompey Football Club as we know it.
007
10/11/2008 19:22:00
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Well it looks as it I've got you all thinking .. which of course was my intention.. Couple of things.. The 'African' takeover story broke as I was writing this so any reference to 'them' using us as a play thing is not intended - I was just using a comparison... £70m who mentioned that figure ? - I reckon it'll be more likely to be in the region of £30m (Where's ChrisW when you need him?) ... Sneaky's point about what's the point of entering if you have no intention of trying to win - Tell that to the London Marathon Runners ;).... RussM's point about Zahavi's reputation not being that clean - Sasha's ain't that clever is it (by association to his Dad of course)... And I haven't given up the hope of winning anything because I think this is a good idea... Look at Arsenal's youngsters in the Carling Cup... Are you saying 'you can't win anything with Kids'? ...So far nobody has convinced me why this isn't a good idea.. ... But I'm sure you'll try ...
Chix
10/11/2008 19:32:00
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