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Dr SAF to back out? That's 'scurrilous'

Rumblings that Dr SAF could pull out of his bid to takeover Pompey and instead shift his attentions to Newcastle have been described as 'scurrilous', or to put it ways that might mean something more to most of us, 'insulting', 'scandalous', 'slanderous', 'outrageous', 'defamatory' or 'libellous'...

Reports claimed with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley dropping his valuation of the club to £100m that Dr SAF would be interested in them again, having previously been put off by the £400m asking price last year.

These have been denied by that old favourite 'a source' who told The News that there was an interest in Newcastle 'several months ago' so with talk of a reduced amount that 'that interest has got people talking again, but there's not any substance to it.'

Along with: 'Portsmouth are in the Premier League and Newcastle are in the Football League. Anything else is people putting two and two together and coming up with five.

'They're scurrilous rumours. The doctor is still fully committed (to Pompey).'

Of course until everything is 100% complete, everything signed sealed and delivered anything is possible but the due diligence process would have to throw up something pretty horrendous now to put him off right?

You can never say never, but I would guard against becoming 'overly worried' he could pull out, as I would like to think that he is the man of honour that he is claimed to be, but, as always it is right to be 'cautious', this is something that has been called for from the off, and given our past history you can see why.

Papers come up with all sorts of things, so trouble making with our deal was always likely, as has been the case. To be fair to The News, some grief that I have seen them getting has been totally out of order and uncalled for though!

I would also say just because the deal might run into weeks, maybe even months to complete this does not mean it will not be complete, like I keep saying 'patience is the key', we might be finished inside this week - unlikely as it is to be - we might be looking several weeks down the line, whatever though do not jump to the assumption that it has gone 'belly up', at the same time do not 'get carried away' too soon.

Patience, once again is the main thing to have, I guess we can add a little more caution to this as well now - but lets not go all 'doom monger' about things falling apart now though eh!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 3 2009

Time: 10:02AM

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So does this spur from the vital Newcastle site that claim they contacted Dr SAF to find out why they were not a option and he so called replied saying it was cause Ashley wanted 400 mil
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03/06/2009 10:37:00

Rug, feel more comfortable when Dr SAF has his feet under the table as this is Pompey and nothing ever goes smoothly. Also wouldnt trust Ashley!
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03/06/2009 10:49:00

dooooooooooom =D but yea this sort of story was bound to come up really and it sells so i can't say i'm surprised, well apart from that its taken this long to get here ;D
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03/06/2009 11:04:00

Like others I'd feel a lot more comfortable when the deal is properly done but I'm not going to worry too much about this. I think that Dr Saf is probably more interested in things other than football such as prime south coast real estate and I don't really think Newcastle can offer the opportunities that Pompey can in that respect.
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03/06/2009 11:08:00

I feel more confident now Dr AlF is promising to build us a brand new 50 000 seater stadium. Although in all honesty, I doubt we would fill 50 000?
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03/06/2009 11:21:00

I can't help but think that there is more to this. Look at the transfers over the past couple of years. City. Chelsea. Liverpool. Villa. The takeover was done on the anouncement. So, my question is why is Pompey different. Even the recent Sunderland take over was done on announcement. I look to the future but still like us all. Am very very nervous
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03/06/2009 11:26:00

someone leaked it, so the club, rather than allowing everyne to speculate on what was happening, thought they would keep the supporters in the loop, and tell everyone?
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03/06/2009 11:49:00

also, the Man City takeover took over a week to be completed AFTER robinho had been signed. I think that when robinho did sign, they were probably in a similar position to where we are now.
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03/06/2009 11:51:00

I'm confident it will all be done relatively quickly and I think that one this 'due diligence' period is over Dr SAF will give us our annual health check, and give us a DOSH booster shot!! Like the doctor puns? Anyways, nowt to worry about, I reckon just typical press scaremongering.
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03/06/2009 11:54:00

Well Dr AlF is going to be in the UK today to get 'Pahse One' of the deal completed, so this looks like a definate no no then.
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03/06/2009 12:08:00

yep we will all be happier when this deal is done but as i keep saying time and patience is what we need - seriosuly guys like ive said over and over im not expecting this deal to be concluded anytime soon, and that does not make it a bad thing!
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03/06/2009 13:24:00

Ok, words such as chicken and eggs spring to mind but the dead tree press like to sell newspapers and like to have a pop at us, so putting two and two together....
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03/06/2009 13:31:00

After all the effort of dreaming up a nickname that was in now way discriminatory etc in Dr SAF he'd better not back out. I think this is being put about by purely jealous parties - Newcastle etc. He is due in Portsmouth shortly.
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03/06/2009 13:46:00

"Many a slip between the cup and the lip" as my old Ma-in-La\w used to say, and as an ex property negotiator, I should know. However, as Squee has already pointed out, its the prime south coast land that our buyers will be interested in and they can have a little bit of fun playing with the club at the same time. (I hope so - anyway).
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03/06/2009 14:58:00

Apparently, there is a Sultan now interested in Newcastle. Cheer up lads, there are plenty of rich Arabs for all! :-)
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03/06/2009 16:37:00

the saltan is aparantly "only" worth 1.1billion... not a patch on what we "aparantly" will have at our disposal. (of course, I have no idea how much we actually have)
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03/06/2009 17:13:00

Aparantly the due diligence period will go into next week at least, just to make us sufer a bit more, so he will travel later not today as first reported,& he is said to be worth more than 3 billion.
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03/06/2009 18:51:00

don't forget the backers of asian and middle-easeter buisnessmen, who arn't royal family or involved in whatever it was... buildings
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03/06/2009 20:22:00

Shan't be happy about this until it is signed and sealed.
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03/06/2009 23:00:00

i'll be truly happy when deal is signed but if it isn't at least we have the line Pompey are in the premiership and Newcastle are in the football league to look back on with pleasure. lol
Steve C
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04/06/2009 01:23:00

Once the dud dilligance is done, I'd hope to see a new manager & some players in. Show our intent quickly. July should be an interesting month!
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04/06/2009 09:15:00

We'll all be happy when its done and dusted, but I do feel fairly confident it'll go through. Like Rug said in his article, the Doc is a man of his word, it would only be if the due diligence process picked up something really bad. As for Newcastle, its obvious from the timing of the takeover deal that he was waiting to see who went down and who didn't. He wants a PREMIERSHIP club. Newcastle are not any more, they need to get used to it.
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04/06/2009 19:57:00

Have visited the Newcastle Site Tracey and seen their new thread: 10 reasons to be thankful for going down to the Championship. Point one reads sour grapes, point 10 reads sour grapes and so do all the points inbetween. They really are pathetic. Best laugh of all is a Spurs fan come onto the site to tell them that they were great once but aren't any more and must not live on past glories. DOH!!!???!!!?????!?!
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04/06/2009 20:28:00


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