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PR continues - actions are really needed now!

Further talking from Ali Al Faraj's bother Ahmed Al Faraj took place today, with him talking to The News.

Pompey owner's plea to fans - give us your trust - here.

The following, which is easier to quote here but is also of course found on the link above, was said by Ahmed Al Faraj: 'we need more patience from the football fans and the people to give us a chance. It is not right to be criticised for two months, that is not fair. We need six months or a year, after that they have the right.

'It's very hard but we are confident.

'Be patient with us, give us your support. We don't have anything to hide.'

'The mess was huge when we took over, we couldn't believe it. Financially it was unbelievable. We are now addressing this and trying to get everything into place and I promise you we are moving forward.

'Things are improving from now and it will get better, especially financially. We are reducing the debts and stabilising. It is the toughest challenge I have faced, this is not easy.

'If we don't want it we would not have bought the club and we could have waited for administration and got it very cheap and not need to pay all this money. I would hope they (the fans) appreciate that and would support our backs and give us a chance to work with them and they will see the results.

'Ali has promised them they will be in the picture very soon and they will know everything. Trust us.

'I don't blame them, they have been let down by different people.

'But I am sure if they put themselves in our situation they would understand. We've had a problem because of the previous owners.'

More talking is good, but the cynical view will of course be they now talking, and talking so much, for a reason and maybe not a good one - in many ways they can do no right regardless!

Wages not being paid on time, for whatever reason, will always work against them - and rightly so in many ways - I guess so all we can do is 'hope' that there is some basis to what they say, but some physical signs of things happening are DESPERATELY needed though that much is obvious!

As for The News' own motives - they back the protest march yet talk to those running the club, or involved with those running. Clearly they want to sell papers, they are playing either side on this to try and do all they can to sell them, but are not even running the full interview online you have to go out and buy a copy, now the cynic in people would have to see a motive here too...

We have asked for communication, we are now getting PLENTY of this but WHY, oh why are we not having this in the place that it SHOULD be taking place most of all, on The Pompey Site.

The official home to ANY club is where most the talking to fans should take place, so why is it not happening that way?

The problem these guys now have is that they now run the risk of talking to much and not delivering, being able to prove something to the premier league to get this transfer embargo lifted - which they seem to be taking along time to decide, which could be a worry - would be something, if this cannot be the case then all hell will break lose, right?

It is also said, also in The News, that Pompey feel the 'winding up petition issue' will hopefully be resolved 'tomorrow' with Mark Jacob saying: 'once again people should be assured we are acting in the best interests of the club.

'Hopefully it will be sorted out on Friday. It's what is contained in the tax bill.

'We are disputing figures, there is a substantial difference between our figures and theirs.

'I have a feeling it will be a great week for Portsmouth.'

As I say some physical signs of things happening are most definitely desperately needed at this time, and we can only hope that we see this - and of course I sincerely hope and pray that we do...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 14 2010

Time: 3:00PM

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'I have a feeling it will be a great week for Portsmouth.' - so far, nothing (other than scraping through an fa cup replay with coventry - which i hardly call "great") has happened. so if it's going to be a "great week", something big will have to happen in the next 3 days! (unless he means next week...)
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14/01/2010 15:12:00

A time for action indeed, Rug. It would have been nice to see something on the OS about the meeting with the PL, even if they couldn't say that the embargo was lifted.
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14/01/2010 15:14:00

Jeez - That was almost a plea for patience. How people can protest now is beyond me.. unless of course you think he is lying.. but what possible basis is there for that ?
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14/01/2010 15:15:00

So the players should run out to the Take That song 'Patience'.
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14/01/2010 15:57:00

i dunno Chix, i really don't understand how you can protest now, surely the owners have given us enough information for us to at least believe they are trying....
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14/01/2010 15:58:00

Just really shocking at what going on at Pompey now.
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14/01/2010 16:19:00

"Financially it was unbelievable". Why then are you still employing Storrie, his wages and no job function?.
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14/01/2010 16:23:00

007 - very good point. But don't think it'll last much longer. I'm with Chix & Matt, no reason to protest now. Would be a pointless exercise
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14/01/2010 16:37:00

The News gain from this protest - they sell more papers Westwood gains from this protest - he gets more media exposure What does the club gain from this protest?
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14/01/2010 16:38:00

Ahmed does have one valid point though, if they really didn't have any money or plan to stablise the club they could have waited for administration to take hold and then taken control of the club with zero debt.
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14/01/2010 16:38:00

You have to wait and see if they deliver, unfortunately they're already shooting themselves in the foot with their constant "It will be resolved tomorrow" answer to every question
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14/01/2010 17:03:00

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. Next week is Action Week - we have had the words.
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14/01/2010 17:21:00

Blimey Gandor, that's profound! I am blowing hot and cold on the march all the time, but the embargo's not being lifted, and despite all the talk about it going to be, all they could go to the PL with was 'please let us sign loans and frees'. Now the winding up petiton is going to be lifted 'tomorrow'. Since people started protesting, the owners have started talking more - but talk is cheap. We need what they say will happen, to happen. Unless something dramatic happens tomorrow, I'm going on the march!
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14/01/2010 18:06:00

News now not supporting the March...March is continuing....But, altho I disagree with marching (until Feb) it really is time for some ACTION Well recited Gandor .. PUP
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14/01/2010 19:00:00

Thank you. Only knew the tomorrow bit, but sounded so much like what pompey keep saying, ie tomrrow tomorrow tomorrow, I decided to wiki it. I liked the end bit best: "Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing."
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14/01/2010 22:51:00

If the March was to go ahead then I think the anti Arab chants should be dropped. Communication has been a problem and I would like more meetings with the supporters clubs representatives and owners to take place. I know that most of what we have been told can't be relied on, I think most of us just want honest answers. I am prepared to give the owners more time to prove that they really are saving our club but they must realise that we need to have good communication of what is going on and what they tell us we can trust in.
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