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Ali Al Faraj speaks officially for the first time

Ali Al Faraj speaks officially for the first time

Of course I do not mean that he speaks, quite literally for the first time - although this could be the case, I do not know the guy, nor do many people know much about him!

Anyway, what the new Pompey owner Ali Al Faraj has done has spoken officially to The Pompey Site for the first time to outline his intentions for the club.

He said: 'our aim is to put a stable foundation in place in all aspects of the business, beginning with the financial restructuring of the club. Once this is in place we can assess our approach to building a much-needed new training ground and redeveloping Fratton Park.

'In order to do this we need the full co-operation and understanding of various parties while we come to terms with the ongoing issues of the club's business and financial commitments.

Stabilising the club then structuring it, sorting out our infrastructure all get a big thumbs up from me, this is what I want and is good to hear...but I do not just want to be 'told' things that I want to hear...

Just hearing this is not something that I want, many of us have said recently that we have done nothing but hear words, and words from so many people, actions are what we want to see to follow these words, so lets see these happening and then we can finally believe that what is said will happen will actually happen for once!

'We are appointing a professional team to review all aspects of the club, working alongside chief executive officer Peter Storrie. There will also be a restructuring of the board. It is well-documented that we initially wanted to take over the running of the club two months ago. This would have enabled us to capitalise on the summer transfer window and help provide finance to strengthen the squad. Unfortunately we were unable to do so and that was a wasted opportunity.

'However, the players brought in at the eleventh hour, along with those already at the club, have been tremendous and shown a great spirit and unity. And that is great credit to them and Paul Hart and his coaching team.'

I tend to agree, the squad we have in place is not as bad as a lot of people think, and I do feel that the public are finally sitting up and taking notice that perhaps Pompey are not 'quite as bad' as they thought we were - this is not to say that we are world-beaters by any means of course!

It, the takeover, did not happen back in the summer, that has now passed so we look to the future and like I have said several times with a little 'tweak' here and there this squad is still good enough to keep us up.

'We have a very loyal fan base who have shown remarkable support.

'It is important for us to work with them and keep them aware of our plans. Both the community and council have a major role to play in the future of the club and we look forward to discussions with them on a number of issues to enhance Portsmouth Football Club.'

Yep, we, the fans, have been fantastic - particularly the past month or so, so lets hope that this keeps going and the right sorts of fans remain in place. Although I would not like this to happen it is inevitable that some that 'did not want to know' before this latest takeover will start coming back if we start doing well again, but that is modern day football I guess...

Working with the community and council is something that we must do, lets work as a partnership and not against each other all the time - when all can realise that everyone can benefit from doing this instead of only doing things for your own personal gain things will run a lot smoother for all!

As said this all sounds good in theory, but lets put some of this theory into practice and give us some physical evidence, in the not too distant future, that these things are actually happening...


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Date:Wednesday October 7 2009
Time: 6:11PM


Well Rug, if all the deserters come back, I hope all the best seats are taken and they get the rubbish in the corners. Hopefully the roof will leak on them as well!
07/10/2009 18:22:00
You never know gandor, the prawn sandwich brigade may well return to FP. Well, pleased with the appointment of avram, a good sign of intentions. Fingers crossed, training ground done by the summer, and a new Sainsbuy's on Goldsmith avenue, and work to start at FP bwithin the year. Certainly think the new owners will have to put a muzzle on SAF to prevent any more of his jackanory satements on
07/10/2009 18:37:00
it will be a tesco's tho and not a sainsbury's, right?
07/10/2009 18:39:00
Well its good to hear a statement from him - and there's even a photo. I have to say so far he has paid the players and made the Grant appointment (and probably paid some other outstanding debts as well), I think that proves he's not just all talk like SAF.
07/10/2009 18:48:00
Not sure rug, merely speculating. Mind you, the day I see produce on the given supermarket shelves, will be the day I am a very happy man, watching pompey in a new stadium. Mind you, as long as its not a lidl or another aldi, the jokes are gonna be bad enough
07/10/2009 18:52:00
gandor would you rather have a half empty stadium of die hard fans with a club with money trouble or a full stadium with no money trouble. people pay for seats to see stars play and win. when the star team gets sold off and replaced with some not very well know players of coarse the gate count is gonna drop. like myself would you call me a deserter . because this year i can't afford my season ticket. with al faraj pompey will grow so people who get the odd ticket here and there are they not real fans
07/10/2009 19:26:00
Faraj ♂ (Arabic) ‘Remedy (for worries or grief)’. I am not joking ive just found this on a sight dedicated to the meaning of names.... check it out..lets see it in the press tomorrow because we know they all read our site
plymouth graham
07/10/2009 19:59:00
seems to me he has earnt the right to be taken at his word so far
07/10/2009 21:51:00
Well his first statement was through the OS and not the press so that's a good start. It does seem Graham that he's named, though Mr Megabucks would have been good too.
07/10/2009 23:16:00
sorry for off topic - but I have been doing some maths (keeping the old noggin ticking over) and have come up with an alternative scheme to chixys 3 in 3. it is very similar but basically, there is 10 months of league football... and its normally agreed 40 points guarantees you safety. well that means an average of 4 points per month. at the end of each month find the new average - will mean whether we can afford to take the foot of the gas or up it. as each month passes by the potential average points required will shift more aggressively so it is good to keep this low. so in month 1 (aug) we achieved 0 points, this upped the average from 4 to 4.44. in month 2 (sept) we scored 0 points, this has put the average at 5 per month. so far we are on 3 points this month. if we win the remaining 3 games this month our average will again be 4.... which sounds rather small... dont write us off yet!!!! =)
08/10/2009 00:46:00
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