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Dr SAF's spokesman on the takeover latest

Ivo Ilic Gabara, the spokesman for Dr SAF, has been speaking to The News again today about the latest on the takeover...

Many 'reports' are saying that due diligence is done, and despite no one confirming or denying this, has said that plans remain to 'the timescale' set: 'we are working in the time frame to be completed in July. We are confident due diligence will be finished earlier in the month than later.

The next obstacle remains 'the fit and proper tests', something that is firmly believed is already taking place - even if it is not being confirmed, but whenever this does 'start' he knows that it is down to the premier league as to how long it will take: 'obviously, once that is completed then there is still the fit-and-proper-person test.

'The length that takes lies in the hands of the Premier League.'

Despite all of this Gabara also moved to eliminate fears that Pompey could be 'left behind' with only 15 1st team players on their books...

He says that targets are being 'identified' by those already at the club: 'we will sit down with the management team when the takeover is completed and discuss what is needed at that stage.

'There are obviously plans to talk about what is needed for the season ahead. We can't move on with those plans until Mr Al Fahim is the owner of Portsmouth Football Club.

'His main priority at this time lies with completing the purchase of the club. But there is a belief that everything remains on course and, once the purchase is complete, he will be able to move on quickly from there.

'We can assure Portsmouth supporters that everything remains on schedule.'

To be honest I do not for one minute believe that we are leaving decisions in the hands of Peter Storrie and Paul Hart, ok maybe Storrie as he does the deals, but for me we have our manager lined up - we have a deal in place and it is they, and his representatives, that are looking at players...

For me most of the areas we need tied up are tied up, albeit only 'in principle', I would say that the thing that we need rubber stamping in my mind is the 'fit and proper', and I am sure this will not be a problem!


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Date:Thursday July 9 2009

Time: 3:54PM

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Due diligence must be nearly complete by now and it is good to see they have a plan BUT i still think some players may have been signed subject to takeover already. We shall see soon hopefully.
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09/07/2009 16:20:00

Agreed, everyone is too relaxed for them NOT to have a plan in place. I imagine the meeting yetserday was to sign the deal, pending the Proper Persons test, and although everyone is saying 2 weeks, do not be surprised if this happens between now and Monday. The Quay leaked the due diligence was over Monday, something they were either not meant to do, or asked to do as a way of us getting a glimmer unofficially?? I am expecting announcement after announcement... Pompey Owner confirmed, followed by Pompey unveil Mancini, followed by Pompey sign Player A, Player B, Player C etc etc Could be fun next week PUP
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09/07/2009 16:27:00

i was in the process of writing exactly what MIDGE has just said above albeit less eloquently, when the whole page seemed to shift to left, once i had closed and reopened he had his tag on screen...so basicly " I agree with Midge"
plymouth graham
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09/07/2009 16:33:00

So how many hoops do we have to jump through before the so rightous FA say ok??? We are into day 9 of 31 in July!!!
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09/07/2009 16:35:00

It is true that everyone seems very relaxed (except me!). Sure it is all agreed now, and just waiting for the boxes to be ticked. And yes, I doubt Hart will have much say in the actual purchases.
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09/07/2009 16:59:00

Whether it is me being a true optimist or what??? BUT I seriously believe that the DD HAS been completed, the Fit and Proper test IS being scrutinised as we speak. A manager IS in place and that there ARE players ready to be announced BUT won't until the sale has been formally announced - Is the London AGM still happening on Saturday?? Is Dr SAF still due to be attending?? I reckon we will start to here things on Saturday PM - Once this happens, hopefully it will shut all the boo boys up especially the currant bun!!
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09/07/2009 17:42:00

I have always been the eternal optimist where Pompey are concerned. "It's hard being a fan" quote Chuck Culpepper. However, although Gabara comments are quite positive he has said all this before, on many occasions. The way I see it is either Midge is right or there are some problems that are proving to be slow to sort out. It's like buying a house, you only know it's yours when you get the keys in your hand! I remain positive however, I am still apprehensive at the same time.
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09/07/2009 18:06:00

The News were running a story that DD has been completed, but now it's been pulled. Hmmmm
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09/07/2009 18:57:00

I suspect it was being written to be posted later tonight, watch the news site later, its bound to reappear.
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09/07/2009 20:40:00

YEAH they are more likley to of pulled it so they can edit it and hopfully post it later . hopfully with the proper persons test already completed ! the FA mite of used some common sense and while the DD was going on do the proper persons test. spose not then this is the FA im talking about and its pompey as if they would want to do us any favours.
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09/07/2009 21:09:00

pennant going to real zaragoza... geeez. weve got no players left!!! and by the time the fa are finished bugering up our takeover (it wouldnt be like this for man u, liverpool, chelsea, liverpool or man city would it!) there will be no DECENT players left to buy! im starting to get quite angry how long this has taken!
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09/07/2009 21:10:00

I bet there are last minute sticking points. Bound to be. Sacha will want as much as he can get and won't mind dragging his heels, and Saffy will want to pay as litle as he can but needs it now. LOVE to be a fly on the wall.
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09/07/2009 22:11:00

Blimey pessimist you have got it bad, only two regular 1st teamers have left and we weren't going to be able to keep GJ anyhow Davis did his part and fair play to him, but lets not forget he couldn't get in the team last year. Yes i know that was when we had Muntari, and Mendes, but whose to say we haven't got Mancini already on an agreed intention to sign and a host of targets all under the same conditions. Other than Mullins I reckon a few choice signings and top 6 here we come.
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09/07/2009 22:17:00

I am slightly confused.. why are we going threw a long peroid of due diligece and yet what seems days scumhamptons owner has been comfirmed and everythings tied up their????
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09/07/2009 22:33:00

all i can say is this better be worth the wait ... i want some big name signings ... we will have to just to compete these days.. BENTLEY 10M KALOU 11M UPSON 9M VIERA 2M BENJANI 4M ONIEL 4M TUNCAY 5M DOWNING 7M AND I WILL BE A HAPPY MAN
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09/07/2009 23:15:00

pompeycook ... simple answer, the PREMIER LEAGUE now sucks balls ... literally the life of football has been sucked out. its a billionaires playden, and now fat bald men are bureaucratically destroying the fact we are talking about football. yes ownership changes take time, but they have deliberately made this over-complicated. blarmy, im the pessimist, ive been in hiding for a little while, all this talk of billions to spend, mancini as manager and great players coming to the club ... well ... i thought id be out of a job. i guess i had to let my name do the talking =)
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10/07/2009 01:49:00

i'll only start to relax when the first (decent) player walks in... unless that is on the last day of the transfer window, then i'll keep panicking.
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10/07/2009 16:33:00

Cook - scummers new owners didn't have to go through any DD process because the administrator had already done it. And the fit and proper person test is for the prem only. And they were about to fall down a big hole to the blue square if it didn't take place quickly. What bugs me is West Ham? Didn't they get taken over in about 2 hours? And no fit and proper person test? Why?
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11/07/2009 13:38:00

Oh the agony of it dragging on. Just want the relief bit now. Then I & we can look forward to the coming season.
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14/07/2009 09:14:00


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