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Does ANYONE know what is going on?

Does ANYONE know what is going on?

The situation off the pitch, forgetting on it, at Pompey just gets worse and worse does it not?

To be fair it is probably a 'bit rich' for SAF to be 'demanding answers' about things, seeing as he was not exactly someone that was backing up claims - even if, in all fairness, he was not making that many - with many answers himself...

Yet today he has told The Guardian - or is at least quoted as doing so - that he has 'doubts' that Ali Al Faraj will be able to do what is needed to get our transfer embargo lifted and has 'retracted' his support to our 'invisible man' of an owner.

He is quoted as saying: 'I would like to apologise for saying publicly last month that I was confident the transfer embargo would be lifted.

'I said this in good faith. As the embargo is still in place, then it seems there is still an ongoing issue.

'Avram Grant needs this situation clarified one way or another as we are now less than a month away from the January transfer window.'

Like I say, SAF can hardly point too many fingers can he but I think he is right in the way that SOMETHING needs to give now! It needed to give months ago...

None of the 'owners', 'part owners' or those that brought Al Faraj, et al, on board with the 'grand promises' - by that I mean Peter Storrie, granted he has his own 'problems' to be dealing with - are looking anymore credible with each day that passes, far from it. Mark Jacobs, Al Faraj's 'right hand man', only seems to say anything when he feels he has to 'defend' someone, yet these words usually offer further 'assurances' that are not backed up anyway!

I just give up now.

Things are bad enough on the pitch, even if the actual dedication being shown is not lacking, but the longer things 'stutter' - if they are even stuttering, is anything actually happening? - then the less likely it is that you can see any light at the end of any tunnels!

In actual fact, for me, the less clarification that we get about things the more concerned I actually do get about our 'future' should, as is looking more ominous by the game, we actually be relegated...

As said countless times, I do not fear relegation because it means going out of the premier league, whilst I do not want that my main fear about doing this is down to the massive losses in financial income we will see. We are finding it hard enough as it is at the moment with the riches the premier league offers us - God knows how we would cope without this, even with 'parachute payment' for a couple of years.

'Farce', 'shambles', 'joke', just some of the more mild mannered words, are the ones used to describe what has been going on off the pitch with Pompey for several months. The longer things go on the harder it is to disagree with these thoughts - and worse!

What is that saying, 'the left hand does not know what the right is doing?' Well that saying seems pretty accurate for Pompey, although instead of hands it seems as though you can replace that with the word 'people', as it seems one person does not know what the other is doing - and people in such 'power' should not be going about things that way.

So, the major questions that need answering are WHAT are these people that 'run' our club actually playing at? What, if anything, are they actually doing for us?


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Date:Thursday December 3 2009
Time: 2:38PM


WHAT are these people playing at? What are they doing for us? Well, in my opinion Ruggy baby....sweet FA. And I ain't talking Football Association. From Gaydacrap onwards, these ********s have totally screwed PFC with their lies and broken promises. And now they are stabbing one another in the back as well as the club. I do wonder how long these lightweights will hang around if we are for the drop. Not very long is my guess.
03/12/2009 14:59:00
bunch of *****ers - is how i have refered to them in the past, stopped short of doing this above...

altho i suspect, actually i guess i know, you are spot on corny, which makes is ALL the more important that this trust idea can actually get off the ground, right?
03/12/2009 15:06:00
Agred enough is enough. I am one who does NOT think the club has to tell all what is going on, only for things to NOT happen and we all get disappointed. I DO believe in tell us when its true, so we can ignor the rubbish in the press. But there is a line, and at the moment everyone needs to know what is happening. I think the line has been crossed and we deserve some clarity out of respect for the fans. We will be there no matter what, but just level with us... Maybe it time Vital wrote to Peter Storrie? Just ask for some clarity?
03/12/2009 15:08:00
Why are Pompey fans believing a word AF is saying ??? I look around all the boards today and people are swallowing everything, yet the same people didn't believe a word he was saying a few months ago Do people really want to believe tne worst all the time! Yeah, their are problems at the club but none that can't be sorted out SAF knows **** all about whats going on -he knows as much as we all do -very little. The man didn't even know Hart was being sacked until it was in the papers. Does anyone really think that someone so remote from the action would know about the financial status of the club?
03/12/2009 15:10:00
but could we believe what storrie told us tho Midge?
03/12/2009 15:11:00
the point is tho monkey that NO ONE seems to know what is going on and NO ONE seems to be telling the truth - that is not to say that SAF is being believed is it, like i say above it is a bit 'rich' for him to be asking for answers...
i do not trust ANY of them and am finding it increasingly difficult to see what ANY of them are actually doing to help the club?
03/12/2009 15:13:00
Maybe not Rug, but he was asked once by a fan in an email and it did trigger something. Maybe an email not asking for him to spilll the beans then, but for him to urge the owners to release a statement telling us what is happening behind the scenes, we hear them say plenty is happening, but maybe it would be nice to know what? something from them in the know to ease peoples fears, or atleast make us aware of the truth instead of hearsay?
03/12/2009 15:15:00
i guess storrie is 'tied up' at the moment with him own problems - whilst it would be nice to see some official statement of intent it has not been unknown for the club to release official statements that have actually not been as they say has it...
lifting the transfer embargo would be something, the premier league announcing this would give you a better idea that it was true wouldnt it? that would be something positive at least wouldnt it?
03/12/2009 15:19:00
Yes it would, maybe someone can find a point of contact on the FA then to ask Why6 it has not been lifted, and when it is likely to. But then again, theyre probably as corrupt too so maybe i'll go back to rocking in my seat lol
03/12/2009 15:23:00
I echo everything you've said Rug but would go further and say that relegation is not the biggest worry at the moment - the whole future of the Club is. Financially we appear to be as sound as a chocolate teapot and no-one is saying anything that refutes that! Yes we've had a few half-hearted promises but many of us are fed up with promises - we need to see some signs of stability. If we go out of business - and that is not scaremongering, we've come pretty close lately - then a Supporters' Trust would help a new Pompey rise from the ashes. And I'm sure that those of us that care would still be there in the lower reaches of the pyramid and we would probably have a bloody good time. BUT we would prefer not to put it to the test! PFC speak to us NOW!
Ken Malley
03/12/2009 15:29:00
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