Date:Monday November 10 2008
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.
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.
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?
Date:Monday November 10 2008
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