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Clarity on long-term vision for PFC sought by PVA

Portsmouth Football Club has been bought. The transfer window is closed. The time has come for a united front.

We welcome the takeover of the club by Sulaiman Al Fahim in principle. In moving decisively to buy PFC, he has seemingly ensured the spectre of administration has been exorcised for the foreseeable future and that the dead hand of Sacha Gaydamak has been lifted. Al Fahim has pursued the club with a single-minded dedication and clearly wants to take it forward.

He brings energy, a flair for entrepreneurialism and a contacts book to die for. We await with interest to see to what extent he is willing to invest himself and bring investment into the club ahead of the next transfer window. We would also like clarification as to the means by which the takeover was financed and its implications for PFC.

We also believe the interests of PFC are served by ensuring Peter Storrie, the club's Chief Executive Officer, is allowed to continue, at the very least, in his current role.

We recognise and are grateful for the work Mr Storrie has put in to ensure PFC remained on a relatively even keel during the last ten months. We also acknowledge his role in bringing an alternative consortium to the table, which we hope may yet have a significant part to play in the longer-term future of the club.

We feel that there is a golden opportunity for a coming together of all parties in the medium to long term to ensure Portsmouth Football Club is able to finally engage in the vital infrastructure projects it needs to ensure its financial self-sufficiency. These include a new stadium and training ground, as well as investing prudently in team building to maintain Premier League status. Above all, the club needs to cultivate improved relations with its fan base.

To that end, the supporters represented by the websites in Pompey Virtual Alliance are seeking clarity, reassurance and a sense of common goal.

PFC has been - and remains in some quarters - an easy media target.. Many damaging statements have been allowed to gain currency among fans and foes of the club alike. It is time to come together to clear away the uncertainty, which has sapped morale in the past six weeks.

We seek clarity and detail on the long-term vision for PFC, already outlined by Mr Al Fahim. We seek reassurance on the ownership status of the club and its ongoing debt position. We seek acknowledgement that a successful future for the club is intrinsically bound to engaging in constructive dialogue with fans, leading to a shared sense of a common goal.

Play Up Pompey

The Pompey Virtual Alliance is the representative group of the Portsmouth Football Club fan websites and message boards. Its members are:

truebluearmy.com
pompey-fans.com
pompeyonline.com
portsmouth-mad.co.uk
portsmouth.vitalfootball.co.uk
pompey.org (Anoraks)
thepompeychimes.net
pompeyrama.com
playuppompey.net
venneravpompey.com
The Pompey Cardigans


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 5 2009

Time: 8:00AM

Your Comments

Well said. As they say, players come & go, managers come & go & so do the owners. However the fans are always there. There has to be a combined effort to protect the club for the current & future supporters.
storagematt
Well this is a unique gathering of the clans and with the object of letting you the fans know what exactly is happening. We wait for a response and expect the media to pick up on it too.
eastneydave
Great Idea, and hopefully something that may be used on seeking fans opinion via a collective of polls!
BarneyArmy
I fully support this, a great idea, let's hope it works.
PompeyFrippy
Not likely to acheive anything as the sites need the club more than the club needs the sites; but what it does address is a commonality of purpose
russellm
If this raises no more than a copy+pasted response in no more than ten words from the doctor, I demand to be an arsonist.
Lysimachus
This is a very good idea. Lets hope it elicits a response. I was veery encouraged by the questions and answers with the ManC supporter a while back. he said that since their club had been taken over by the Maktoum family, all sorts of things had improved for the fans. Hopefully, we will experience the same.
Gandor1
A good idea. Is surprising that we haven't heard anything really from SAF yet. Maybe he is waiting for Premier League sign off? Not sure.
Pompeytim
Good idea
PompeyFcMad
If we can get some clarity and hear from the top just what plans there are,then some of the stay aways may come back and fill those sorry gaps in the stands
blues to the core
Fully supportive of this initiative and see it as another way the club are involving the fans especailly the forums ..
Chix
well, apararnatly, representives are being asked to meet up with peter storrie?
pompeycarpet
 

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