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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The Pompey Site issued a statement of denial and legal action was threatened, all of which we are now 'claimed' to have withdrawn, along with that statement as we concede that this interview by Ali Al Faraj was in actual fact given?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!

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 25 2009

Time: 4:45PM

Your Comments

"...can we just have some truth and a genuine level of transparency PLEASE!" Hmm - chance would be a fine thing!
tracyc
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.....
ruffcider
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"
cornypomp
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.....
ruffcider
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.
gandor1
PS: Surely PS must have known the full nature of the deal?
gandor1
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!!
pentonpompey
Sorry Gandor, my reply on re-reading sounds harsher than it was intended, don't take offense...pls
pentonpompey
Bloody scheisters. Our club is being run by people looking to line their pockets with gold. Very sad.
stillthewhizz
If PS didn't know what was going on....dating 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?????
cornypomp
What is this about the academy coaches being let go?? Missed that.
Pompeytim
It seems that the main Al farj money rested with a female investor who wouldnt re join the consortium, so uch for Storrie's a different level. "luckily" apparently another israeli and a nepalese brit are about to take a large stake by investing 15 million straight to the revenue and customs. We are a joke, the club management is a joke, the team manager is quite frankly laughable and according to various reports ignored by jamo. at the momnet Pentonpompey has it right
russellm
No offence taken Penton - you are so right.
gandor1
I agree with you Corny, as well. No one could be that incompetent tho - could they? Near administration and two dud new owners introduced one after the other?
gandor1
The truth and Pompey don't seem to sit too well together at the moment.
PFCblue
I'm still laughing at this, genuinely laughing. PFC is a mockery of a shambles wrapped up in ineptitude. I genuinely thought that the team Hart put together had a slither of hope to get us out of the mess (especially when Dindane starts scoring) but I can't help but believe that the off field shenanigans will eventually demolish team morale.
stooH
I posted earlier that I had been abroad for 2 months, so I was not up to speed with all the chaos going on about ownership. I was also treated as the Village idiot when I went to a bar to watch a live Pompey game in my PFC t-shirt. It seems to me that the centre of gravity to all this bad decision making and lack of direction is Peter Storrie. I don't buy this "I saved the club from Administration crap" he come's out with. He's a bloody disaster when it comes to decision making. A bloke on over 1m per year should be able to see an idiot from a mile off i.e. SAF, yet he still courted him like royalty despite being a con-man. (or is it it takes one to recognise one) According to todays press we are on course for another lot of investors coming in. Does this bloke have any business acumen. I would like to know just what he is telling would be investors about Pompey. Storrie walk away now and please and let a credible Chief Executive take the reins and get ourselves out of this mess. I am ashamed of what is going on as well as being the laughing stock of the PL.
Mike1954
Mike I think PS and Arry are two of a kind (although with Arry I recognised his managerial skills).
PFCblue
I have always thought Storrie was a major rogue and worse for always trying to look like Mr Good Guy.
hammersmithblue
For me the writing is loud and Clear... Mark Jacobs, Avram Grant..just look..think back, and all will become clear...... No One has ever heard of Faraj...because he is not the man behind all this NEW POMPEY, it is PINI ZAHAVI. and the plan is for us to be a window shop for African and S-American talent..hence the Academy clear out
plymouth graham
 

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