Date:Wednesday June 3 2009
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!
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Wednesday June 3 2009
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