Date:Friday October 9 2009
Why am I not surprised that the man who has to have an opinion on everything, and I mean everything - nothing can happen without his opinion given, or sought - has to now have an opinion on our takeover situation, which he already had last week, and is now even saying they tried to help find us a buyer...
With tensions bound to be running high next weekend Jamie's Dad has moved swiftly to try and 'defuse' the situation, and make himself the 'good guy' by 'claiming' that he 'tried to help Pompey' by trying to find us a buyer.
He has told sky sports that he spoke to a 'couple of friends' who are 'very wealthy guys' to try and get them to invest in us: 'I did speak to one or two friends I know, very wealthy guys, trying to get them to get involved because they would have been great at the club.'
Thankfully, hopefully, please god lets this be the real deal and so on we 'seem' to have found someone though in Ali Al Faraj.
This takeover is one that he also says he hopes proves a 'successful' one for us: 'but Peter's found another owner and hopefully this time they'll be more successful and it'll be the right people to take the club forward.'
'Let's hope that happens because it's got great tradition the club, it's a good club, they've got great support, hopefully one day they'll get the new stadium and push on and be a Premier League club for many years to come.'
Oh, the praise does not stop, we are no longer a 'good little club', which is what he said we were when he left or even the 'good club' offered up in the previous sentence, we are now a 'terrific club' that he wanted these guys involved with: 'it's a terrific club, great support, good fan base - get the new stadium and it's a great club to own and take forward again.
'But Peter came up with an owner and he feels very confident the new people are going to be great for the club so hopefully they're the right people.'
This is all good to hear, and words that I appreciate but this does not excuse the fact that he walked out on us, twice! Actually why did you not make these calls to these people when we were 'most in need', or even while you were still here?
Sorry, but the timing of this 'I tried to help' comes at a far too convenient time, almost as if we were playing Spurs at Fratton next weekend... oh, hang on we are, fancy that!
Yep I appreciated the good times we had but for me the sign of a really good manager, and good person, one that could have gone down as a truly 'great manager', would be how they coped with the dismantling of a team and worked with this to survive without money... This was something he was not willing to do, and when it became apparent that he would have to do it this why he jumped ship to someone that would give him this.
I am taking bets on when the 'I gave the club its best years' speech will be rolled out, this seems to be laying the groundwork for it but if he expects that his 'I tried to help you out of a tight spot' spiel is going to help pardon or excuse him, then speaking for myself, he has another thing coming, as it will not...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Friday October 9 2009
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