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Communication .. It is a start !

Well we wanted somebody to speak and they have spoken.

Yep, for whatever reason (The Sacha interview, the planned protests or just because it is time) Mark Jacob has spoken to The News

Rather than present you with sound bites and editorial opinion, I thought it best to publish the interview as it was heard.

Have a read and post your thoughts and comments below

What measures are in place to solve the debt problems that will arise in January?
We have to look at phases and stages - at short-term, medium-term and long-term.

Quite clearly, the short-term position is we are currently in January, things have been stabilised, we have got this far, we cannot let things slip.

I would like to think there will be some long-term funding in place to alleviate the need for this short-termism.

We would be more than delighted if there was going to be additional investment, it is something we would need to discuss.

I'm not saying it's needed, but of course anything brought to the table for the benefit of the club must be considered.

We are in the process of trying to secure some funding arrangements and if that's in place people will be more confident in the club going forward as a whole.

And once the club has survived relegation and we have a successful summer period, then we can look at phase two, which is the medium-term.

What measures are in place to guarantee the long-term survival and success of Portsmouth Football Club?
I am absolutely confident in the long-term survival of Portsmouth Football Club from the measures that we've had in place since the beginning of October.

The club cannot continue to live beyond its means and continue with certain excesses.

We have to be realistic. The club may have lived its dream via winning the FA Cup - but we don't want to go down the same road other clubs have been down where you have this short-termism and shot of adrenaline.

What happens at the other end? Suddenly it's payback and perhaps the club is now suffering from certain short-term excesses.
What we need to do is secure the long-term stability and long-term future of the club.

Who owes money to Sacha Gaydamak?
The issues with regards to the previous but one owner are in dispute.
Unlike other people, I would rather not comment on it in a public forum.

Why has the owner Ali Al Faraj not appeared at any game or made any direct communication with fans or media?
Mr Ali Al Faraj is a football fan, absolutely, and I have been trying to convince him to come to matches.

Quite clearly when you look out of the window now, why should he leave sunny Saudi Arabia to come to frosty Portsmouth?!

Seriously, though, he is in Saudi and heavily involved in various business projects, but his brother, Ahmed, has been to most of the home games and some away ones, too.

If you see him in the directors' box, Ahmed now knows what the offside rule is.

Ali's English is not very good, though, and sometimes things have to be interpreted through his brother.

He does watch matches on the internet - but I am confident and hopeful he will be coming to matches very soon.

What role is Daniel Azougy playing at Pompey?
Daniel is not a financial director of the club, he has been appointed on a short-term contract.

His role is to review contracts, to review club finances and advise the board, to advise the owner in financing aspects to do with the club, and to also advise with regard to negotiations in existing contracts and future contracts.

We anticipate it will be short-term arrangement.

I cannot change his background, nor can he, but I can assure fans he is working around the clock for the good of PFC, not for the good of anyone else.

I can totally understand fans' concerns over his convictions, but if someone makes a mistake in the past should they be chastised for that for the rest of their life?

There are enough people in the world of finance and big business who have a chequered history or past.

If someone has committed a crime and been found guilty of that crime then they do their time

Being pro Jacobs from the start I am deliberately keeping my personal thoughts to the comments section, but even the most 'anti-board` supporter must admit this is a step in the right direction. It is communication if nothing else.

So what do you think .. Good? Bad? Indifferent?

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Writer: Chix Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 9 2010

Time: 1:33PM

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finally feels like we're getting somewhere, 2 articles with MJ in 1 day, its like christmas, actually looking outside you could believe it is lol. and the 2nd one even talks about getting players O_o lol
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09/01/2010 13:46:00

The bit that made it for me was ..

"I am absolutely confident in the long-term survival of Portsmouth Football Club from the measures that we've had in place since the beginning of October."...

Whatever you think of the situtation a man of Jacobs professional standing would be ruined if that statement turned out to be untrue..
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09/01/2010 13:52:00

is it progress becuase he's talking, or is it progress because it's good news for once? I mean... even the rumours today have been positive. what's going on?!?!
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09/01/2010 13:53:00

I think we would have to consider it progress even if it bad news Carps.. Communication good or bad is what we have all been asking for .. the fact that this seems positive is a billy bonus !
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09/01/2010 13:57:00

This is about the third or fourth such interview MJ has given in the last few days, and there does appear to be some consistency in what he says. There also appears to be some positivity. It's not mentioned above, but I'm sure he's said before that there will be more stability by 10-12 Jan which will see the transfer ban lifted. So we'll know by then whether we can believe Mr Jacob, and if we can, perhaps we can all start to breathe easy again soon. Here's hoping!
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09/01/2010 14:07:00

Thanks Chix! Typical solicitor's line 'If someone has committed a crime and been found guilty of that crime then they do their time'!! But do you want them in charge of your money?
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09/01/2010 15:07:00

well its a known fact that criminals (usually hackers) quite often get jobs working for police/security/ intelligance agences so why not, there the best at what they do because they know how its cheated, so the same should apply to laywers, just think of the loop holes he can find lol
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09/01/2010 15:25:00

more positive isnt it - these thoughts coming around because of 'planned protests' or 'sacha's talking' might be the case but the most important thing is that we have heard something, now we wait and see what happens. jacob has said too much over the past couple of days for things not to come off now, if they do not then that would be that but i guess it is only fair to now see if these words can be followed up before a decision that 'they will not' is made, right?
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09/01/2010 15:52:00

I certainly dont think theyve come about cos of a few rumors over a protest that will come down to nothing other than JW & his band of merry men.
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09/01/2010 16:09:00

this month was always the month that we 'expected' thing to come to a head, with the first week or 2 the 'key weeks', so perhaps that is the case?
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09/01/2010 16:17:00

We don't know what's been going on behind the scenes. We brought the depression on ourselves by demanding answers before they could be revealed. PS muddied the waters (perhaps trying to placate us?) by making utterance's that turned out being nonsense. I'm hopeful now that we're starting to get something like the truth rather than the 'pie in the sky' we've been subjected to in the past.
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09/01/2010 16:47:00

As a statement it tells us nothing. No set objectives, no strategy, no tactics. A bit like Gordon Brown's promise to half the national debt in the next four years. Absolutely lacking in substance with hope being the only common factor.
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09/01/2010 17:11:00

Could Ahmed explain the offside rule to me and to a few referees and their assistants please?
Steve C
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09/01/2010 17:14:00

Lots of hopes and if's there, just ashame it was the news asking the questions; not exactly tough were they?
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09/01/2010 18:19:00

A step in the right direction.....as with most things, time will tell. The survival of this club is the priority, and (if possible) the survival in the premier league, however, it would seem that things will be done on a more sensible basis in future, and that is to be applauded. The silence barrier has been broken, now keep at it ! PUP
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09/01/2010 21:03:00

If we pay the staff and the players on time in Jan.without selling any players, we might be headed in the right direction. Lets see some action before we get carried away.
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09/01/2010 22:18:00

Whoopps, sorry they can sell Utaka and Mokeona no problem.
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09/01/2010 22:21:00

fingers crossed tightly
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09/01/2010 22:34:00

NK seems to be talking to everyone and whilst it's not a great story at least it's consistent.
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09/01/2010 23:55:00


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