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Pompey a 'status symbol' for SAF?

'SAF has taken over at Pompey as this is a status symbol for him', not my vote, yours - although these findings from PFCblue's poll are thoughts that I do not know if I agree with or not to be honest....

Clearly SAF had motives to want to takeover at Pompey, to a degree I think you could probably put a tick next to most of the options given - well bar a love of Pompey, this 'might' come in time but before taking over there is no way he could have this.

The guy clearly loves attention, he craves it and feeds off it but he can also clearly see the benefits from the land in and around Fratton and money is to be made from this, and potentially from the club if he does things right, but for this the bleeding infrastructure needs to be sorted out, and sorted out properly!

Whilst he says he is here for the long-term, and has a 5-10-year plan that he wants to execute I have never been fully convinced that this was the case, I felt that he was acting more as a 'deal broker', but perhaps not, although a long-term future with Pompey is still not something I am convinced we will see from him, but time will tell...

All we seem to have done in recent months is wait and listen to what is told to us, but when all is said and done the guy now owns the club so, despite the frustration we have all been feeling by the fact he has not spoken to us, the floor is now his next weekend ahead of the Everton game - this is his chance to have his say, much like Peter Storrie has repeatedly had his, and had his with a Pompey audience last weekend.

Once SAF goes on the record in front of Pompey fans there can be no backing out, no worming out of what is said, once he says what he says he has to follow up these words with actions. And I mean actions, not more words, not more 'promises' physical actions - ok maybe not himself - that we can see happening. Again it goes back to these infrastructure thoughts, lets see him put his 'new found money' (so long as it does not leave us in the s**t again) to the test, get this training ground on the go and start doing something on the Fratton redevelopment, then come January, assuming we are still in touch - as I feel we can be with the right guidance to these new players - lets see a bit spent on players, but not overpriced mercenaries, lets get the right ones!

You have your chance to prove yourself now SAF, do not blow it...

  • What the poll asked - What do you think were the real motives of AF to buy PFC?

  • How you voted - A status symbol 41%, Real estate investment 33%, Too soon to say 16%, A plaything 9%, Love of Pompey 1%, Love of EPL football 0%

    Before we move on what are your thoughts on what the last poll concluded? You know what to do, thoughts below please guys...


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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Friday September 18 2009

    Time: 12:55PM

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    I think the status symbol and investment are both right he can shout he owns a club and the land associated with it will soon go up in value. rug and I have long thought it could be a long term brokerage deal and when the cost of real estate rises, and it will, that's when we will find out if he is here for keeps or does his usual sell on at a profit thing; which he has a very good record at
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    18/09/2009 13:25:00

    As time passes and our PL status is more obviously in jeopardy, what of the club's value then? Will he baulk at investing his cash when a lot of it will be lost? If he doesn't back off from spending, it can only be for the property value that remains and the bucks to be made out of it. There is a bad odour about all that has gone on.
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    18/09/2009 13:30:00

    Completely agree with the findings of the poll (jeez that's a first !) .. We need to see some actions rather than talk, talk, talk from Dr DooLittle I also find it funny that he's only at the games (so far) that are 'live' too... I hope he comes and sits next to me during his next match visit..;)
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    18/09/2009 13:52:00

    fulham, birmingham and arsenal werent live tho were they :-)
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    18/09/2009 14:10:00

    I love Pompey and I love the city, but "status symbol"???? Surely not.
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    18/09/2009 20:30:00

    hammy; i think the status is in owning a PL club
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    18/09/2009 21:11:00

    Apparently. the prem league is really big in UAE. If you have the 20m pad, the Versace car and the big watch, what's left? mA prem club of course, the ultimate status symbol. Chances are, Safy's mates will never visit Pompey, so what will they know anyway. Also, this might smack a little bit of showing the Arabs who own City a thing or two. After all, Saffy says in his statement that he is going to make money running the club. And why not, Tottenham makes money, so I suppose it is possible
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    18/09/2009 21:25:00

    Gandor, you just made me smile for the first time today..... Tottenham makes money.......yes this is very true, but how long can it last with arry at the wheel!!!!! lol
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    19/09/2009 00:35:00

    What kind of an owner do you have anyway? One that sees to it that you sell all your best players? How can you sell Krancjar, Johnson, Crouch, Defoe, Diarra, Muntari, Distin and expect to stay in the prem?
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    19/09/2009 02:47:00

    Watch and see 'forever united' watch and see.. but three of those you mentioned wnet last year and we managed it .. just ;)
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    19/09/2009 08:46:00

    whats the status symbol of being link with a club in its decline, none!
    Super Bock 1898
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    19/09/2009 16:05:00


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