Date:Sunday December 7 2008
There has been speculation after speculation surrounding the future of Portsmouth Football Club and what this future means for Sacha Gaydamak, but today it has been confirmed in an interview he gave the Sunday Mirror that we are up for sale... This interview was latterly publish on the Pompey Site, and things do not get any more official than that!
It is not a surprise to me at all, nor is it a surprise that he has spoken about his desire to sell only to the right buyer - a buyer that has the best interests of the club at heart and can offer us what we need to move forward, in particular get the new stadium and training ground that are desperately needed.
A couple of offers have already been declined, I am just speculating but I would hazard a guess that Pini Zahavi's approach was one of them as he is now 'said' to be putting together a consortium for Newcastle...
Anyway, this is what Gaydamak has today said: 'I have come to realise over a period of time that I can no longer invest the time required to oversee the running of the club.
'I think it's only right to consider the sale of the club to a group or individual who can come in and invest the time and money to ensure the club reaches its true potential.
'First and foremost it is far more important for me to find the right buyer, with the club's best interests at heart, rather than sell out at the first opportunity.
'I have already rejected two very good offers for the club because I didn't feel the buyers motives were in the best interest of the club's long term future.
'Making money from the sale of the club does not interest me. Finding the right buyer is far more important.
'The credit crunch is having an adverse effect on everyone but we are addressing the key issues affecting every single club and readjusting accordingly.
'I have a very fit and able board that have worked tirelessly to evaluate the current financial problems impacting on everyone and deal with them accordingly.
'We are not in financial meltdown and it is nonsense to suggest we have to start selling key players.
'As regards the stadium and new training ground it is sensible to revaluate things in the current market, but I stress that it is imperative that they go ahead.
'And until I find a buyer who will give me cast iron assurances that this will be the case, I will remain at the club.
Our owner will be terribly sad to leave the club, but he knows that he needs to do this to ensure the good work can carry on - and he, like others before him, when the time comes, will hold a special place in our hearts: 'only last week during the historic game against AC Milan it dawned on me just how heartbreaking it will be when I eventually have to leave.
'The hardest part being that I am walking away from the best supporters in football.
'Last season's success was one of great personal satisfaction, one of the proudest moments in my life.
'But I would like to think I am leaving the club in far better shape and with immense future potential.'
He has full faith in Tony Adams and although this is not something that he could insure under a new owner, I would guess retaining him if at all possible is something that he would also be looking for: 'there was one outstanding candidate for the job - Tony Adams.
'He is bright, innovative and committed and I have tremendous respect for him and faith in his ability to be a major success at this club.'
Again, I can only speculate, so do not quote me or claim I have made any claims, but for such a story to come out this way I would guess that a change of owners cannot be that far away?
As said it does not surprise me that our owner is looking to find the right person, I said as much to people in Germany that I spoke to that 'if' we were sold as Portsmouth Football Club has a way of worming its way well and truly into your heart, then Gaydamak would only be selling to someone that would have the clubs and our best interests in heart as well...
Finally we can put this issue to bed, well sort of, as it has without doubt been confirmed - hopefully his words in saying what he has can also go someway to confirming all is not as bad with the club as the media have made out!
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Sunday December 7 2008
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