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When will it end?

When will it end?

A chaotic mess had become a shambles but this now appears to be a farce of epic proportions now!

What am I talking about?

Portsmouth Football Club and all that has surrounded us the past few months - who has said what, did not say what, who owns us and for how long, what they actually do own etc...

Last week we had the claims of an interview granted to a Saudi paper, which was subsequently followed up by The Guardian - who withdrew what they published... The Pompey Site issued a statement of denial and legal action was threatened, all of which we are now 'claimed' to have withdrawn, along with that statement as we concede that this interview by Ali Al Faraj was in actual fact given? With it now also 'said' that is it actually PFC that could be facing legal action!

In 'yet another' twist The Sunday Mirror, who say they are the only British paper our 'owner' has spoken to, has again reported him as standing by his intentions for the club...

This is what they quote him as saying today: 'I didn't buy Portsmouth on a whim. I never intended to make a quick investment and get out.

'I'll be applying some of my business expertise and investing money to bring stability.

'Even when my initial bid failed, I never gave up hope of securing the club and honestly felt that another opportunity would present itself.

'When Peter (Storrie ) came to me requesting a short-term loan to help the club, it was at my suggestion that perhaps it would be more conducive for me to buy the club outright.

'I think the former owner, Sulaiman Al-Fahim, realised the precarious position he was in when he was unable to secure funding in time to save the club and a deal was very quickly agreed.

'And one of the reasons I made immediate changes to the board and brought in Avram Grant was to assure people that I was serious about the club. As it is, I watch all Portsmouth games at home and it's my intention to come to the club in the next few weeks.'

The 'private nature' of the man and his ease at being is the 'spotlight' is what he says is behind his unwillingness to be more high profile but he says he remains committed and his plans for January remain as they were: 'there has been far too much uncertainty surrounding the club.

'Obviously staying in the Premier League is the main priority, but there are other issues that must be addressed. One of them will be funding to strengthen in January.

'Money will be made available, but based on the assessment of the playing staff by Paul Hart and Avram Grant it's likely we'll only bring in three or four players in key areas.'

SAF was knocked as being a complete 'chancer' - and in all fairness most of this thinking was 'odd' to say the least - and 'failing to deliver what he promised' was also something people looked to. Whilst it is still early days for Al Faraj in his ownership, and the above comments sound positive enough, this has hardly started well has it? As for Peter Storrie for someone in the know he seems to know little about difficult questions when asked about ownership issued and the like - 'another level' this is not looking like being, let alone a decent level of 'stability' at the moment...

Seeing, what was it 9 academy coaches, including senior figures such as Paul Hardyman and Mark Chamberlain 'relieved of their duties' over the weekend and 'talk' of cheap, and I mean cheap as in £50 per night, hotels being used by the players it does not exactly paint a pretty picture does it? Nor does it seem to offer much confidence about the times ahead...

Why can we not just have it easy - have we managed to find not one, but two poor Middle East businessmen? Maybe this is harsh to say but statements, retractions and counter reactions are 'unsettling' to say the least.

Surely someone knows what the real truth is and just what the hell is going on at PFC, so can we just have some truth and a genuine level of transparency PLEASE!


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Date:Sunday October 25 2009
Time: 4:45PM


"...can we just have some truth and a genuine level of transparency PLEASE!" Hmm - chance would be a fine thing!
25/10/2009 16:56:00
it all smells funny now that the oc have taken off the bold statement of pressing charges agaijnst this saudi paper, the saudi paper saying faraj did speak to them and we withdraw the article. hopeless.....
25/10/2009 17:28:00
They say that the first casualty of war is the truth....I think they ought to modify that to include PFC. I think I posted something in the forum the other day asking where are the men of honour & integrity in football these days......well we all know the answer to that don't we. I'm still hoping for a positive outcome to this saga, and what more can we do than hope. What was it a mate of mine told me once... "Only a dope relies on hope"
25/10/2009 17:47:00
a 'mate' of mine told me we are an embarrasement to the premier league, after some words, i actually thought he could be right, perhaps we are.....
25/10/2009 18:07:00
I remember saying (when Saha said he was going to sell) that we would have no problem finding a buyer cos of the lucrative property deals surrounding the building of a new stadium etc. I m beginning to wish that there was no property to profit from, cos then, just maybe, we would have serious footie owner by now, not just a property developer.
25/10/2009 18:37:00
PS: Surely PS must have known the full nature of the deal?
25/10/2009 18:38:00
PS of course knew the full details Gandor...However we are Pompey and it does not run as straight as a Roman Road...It follows a chicane and a hairpin bend! followed by the road to hell and the road to nowhere!!
25/10/2009 19:20:00
Sorry Gandor, my reply on re-reading sounds harsher than it was intended, don't take offense...pls
25/10/2009 19:37:00
Bloody scheisters. Our club is being run by people looking to line their pockets with gold. Very sad.
25/10/2009 19:49:00
If PS didn't know what was going back to the Gaydamacs then he's either a liar or totally incompetent. The saviour stuff doesn't wash with me I'm afraid. Affable...yes Truthful...mmnnn?????
25/10/2009 19:53:00
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