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Open letter to those ruining, sorry 'running' PFC

Open letter to those ruining, sorry 'running' PFC

Dear Ali Al Faraj, Ahmed Al Faraj, Mark Jacob, Daniel Azougy etc.

Think of something that you really love - something that means just about as much to you as anything else in the world.

Have you pictured that?

Now think how you would feel if a complete stranger came along and threatened that existence of that particular thing.

How does that make you feel? Not good is it!

Well, that is how I and just about every other Pompey fan feels right about now - we genuinely do not know what each day is going to bring, but genuinely have a fear that with each day that passes it moves us closer to our existence, of over 110-years, coming to an end!!!!

You, Mr Ali Al Faraj have not even bothered to show yourself to us - you have rarely even addressed us and when one of your 'aid's', or 'advisors' address us they treat us like mugs.

Mr Jacob, lets just quote a few of your own words: 'I (Mark Jacob) have a message to all football fans

'It is: be pro-active. Don't be passive. Don't accept being treated as turnstile fodder. Don't accept poor facilities, useless managers and players who go through the motions. Don't just grumble, organise!'

Oh, and his speaking about your club, Spurs, I get an eerie feeling of déjà vu but about us instead: 'the club's DNA is being eroded by a chairman who knew virtually nothing about football before he bought the club.'

Maybe we should just call you 'Nostradamus...'

Jacob you are standing by and allowing faceless people to gut our club, they ARE ripping it down brick by brick yet you are able to sit comfortably while they do this - you are a hypocrite of the highest order!

Azougy, a convicted fraudster is being left in charge of our finances - it is seriously believed that HE is doing our transfers at the moment, quite how he is being able to do so is beyond me, legally and morally he should not be allowed, why the premier league are allowing this when someone must know this is beyond me!

You, and this is a 'collective you' to those 'running' the club, like others before you had asked for 'trust' and 'patience' - trust and patience is something that we have done for so long and I find it neigh on impossible that you could find another set of fans that, on the whole, are as willing to do this as we do so do not be going down that road with us!

I, and many, many others, have TRIED to give you this time, and have put trust in you but it is very hard to trust people that constantly seem to be doing things that leave you unable to trust them or have faith in them.

You say this and that is being done - but IS IT?

Is money really being put in? Or are things merely being juggled around and the money that is being used is merely the money that the club is raising anyway, mostly due to that which WE, the fans - you know the ones that DO care, unlike yourselves, put into it!

I know that people here before, including a certain Mr Peter Storrie, left behind a bloody mess, but if this is not a mess that you are willing/able to clear up then what exactly are you doing, what is the point of you owning Portsmouth Football Club?

Taking us for what you can, before the seemingly inevitable death of the club comes, seems to be what you are doing - thanks guys!

Yes, that mess is someone else's but when YOU, that collective you, took over the running of Portsmouth Football Club you took on that responsibility, so this is now YOUR problem, but this is a mess you seemingly have no chance in hell of sorting out as you struggle to even pay the poxy wages for the players and staff each month on time - there will come a time one day when you cannot pay it at all!

You have a whole club full of disgruntled employees, from top to bottom and I know this for a fact having spoken personally to several of them - we suffered the ultimate embarrassment of seeing the official website taken offline as payments were not met, we are taking a payment of something like £2,000 here. The electronic advertising hoardings were offline on Tuesday, not due to a 'technical glitch' due to non-payments, the fans marquee has been shut for the past couple of games, due to nothing else other than non-payments so generators have been taken away - I suspect that the marquee itself will be taken down by the time we face Sunderland in our next home game, well assuming we make it that far!

We cannot ignore these things that need paying and hope that they go away, go away is what they are now doing but not because they are 'letting you get away with it', they are taking away their survive as they are not letting you 'extract the urine', I think you know what I mean, anymore...

The prognosis for this once proud club is looking dire, administration - at best, not that this is a 'good thing', seems a ray of sunshine at the moment but then just think of the local community, a community that could be crushed as this falling into admin could destroy so many local business! I sure as hell know that I do not want Portsmouth Football Club to be remembered as the club that destroyed so many businesses in Portsmouth! Admin looks the 'best case scenario' although liquidation seems the most likely!

Do you have ANY idea of how much this club means to so many people the world over?

Go back to that thing that means the most to you, and again you are there but this heartbeat is getting fainter and YOU will be responsible for this fading away - but you will be ok, you can swan off from whence you came, no doubt with a few quid profit in your back pocket while we are left with the devastation.

Portsmouth Football Club is my life, as it is hundreds of thousands of others around the globe, and I cannot imagine a world without it but this seems to be getting closer - I fear that you are only helping us down this path and 'seemingly' taking what you can while you can! From my point of view is just looks like were are now going through the motions with whatever can be salvaged from the carcass being salvaged, but where is this money going?

Is 'seems' like it is going to YOU until the inevitable happens!!!!

There are some rumours of a possible 'saviour' coming in for us but their interest could end because you will not allow them to see the books - this only adds to the thoughts that the death of Portsmouth Football Club is what is wanted?

The left hand does not know what the right is doing it seems, one of this administration says something then someone else contradicts it - no one seems to know what the other is doing and people that are MEANT to be on the 'same side' are working against each others, and WHO suffers?

We, the LOYAL Portsmouth Football Club fans! Yet sadly we continue, and to adapt slightly your own words Mr Jacob, to 'accept being treated as turnstile fodder!'

Can those 'running' the club please now move on for someone that might actually be able to do this to ensure we DO have a club in the not too distant future - unless this is your end game, to see that we do not and then reap the benefits of this somehow...

I gave you this trust, I gave you this patience and I gave you this time but my patience has run out as has the time I give you, so - not tat you care, or will listen - I implore you to move on and let someone that can save us come in and take us away from this 'new level that we would not believe,' we certainly would not believe this level, I just wish that we had been told it would be an all time low level!

Put up, or move on, but PLEASE do not let Portsmouth Football Club die and stop treating us all like morons, stop bleeding us dry. Although all in all I have no doubt most likely wasted x-amount of time writing this as do you even give a stuff?

I very much doubt it as you all seem morally corrupt anyway...




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Date:Friday January 29 2010
Time: 10:48AM


Here, here........Well said Rug........right beside you - I'm going to get the pitch fork and light a torch!!! LONG LIVE POMPEY !
29/01/2010 10:54:00
The phrase is 'Put up or shut up' I believe. If you cannot get this club back on it's feet make way for someone who can.
29/01/2010 11:00:00
i have really had enough now, these past couple of weeks have done it for me - ANY confidence i had in this lot is gone, they are selling us down the river, and from where i sit - and what i hear left right and centre, to be fairly mostly from people that do know - money coming in is going where it should not be going and this has to stop.
i am still not one for marching but i personally WILL NOT back this lot anymore, i would love to be proven wrong and if they turn things around fair play but do we honestly think that they will turn it around? my faith in this has been going all month, the remaining slithers have now gone...
29/01/2010 11:02:00
That is totally spot on -great open letter
29/01/2010 11:07:00
Rug, you've totally nailed it mate. Personally, I don't see any hope now. I pray I'm wrong but it's like a slow and painful death.
29/01/2010 11:13:00
as i say tim 'liquidation' now, for me seems the most likely thing unless another takeover (which i am not entirely convinced is as possible as might be said tbh) happens...
as much as i have not wanted admin for the knock-on, as much as what happens to us, and cannot see how we could come out of this, but it would mean getting rid of these guys but i suspect they will have got what they wanted by then anyway?
29/01/2010 11:16:00
great letter rug! funny though, interestingly enough despite the issues, SkySports have just shown a vt of jamie o'h back at pompey, along with Nuge, and Dindane up at Brum. There is certainly a lot happening behind closed doors, but I think we are all just crying out for some transparency. I actually am one who is still on PS's side, he is seen as ultimately accountable for the success of the club, but if it is true that things are happening behind his back, then what can you do? I am just so scared that part of the negotiations with the EPL to get the embargo lifted would be that if we declaire ourselves insolvent and go into administration, it will not be until after we are relegated! The 6 week rule applies - see this interesting artical about administration, and inplications of when this happens. Basically, if we go into administration this season, we may have a chance of holding on to FP - I am already recieving texts renaming it Flattened Park! - and rebuilding next season! If however an agreement has been made to differ this until the summer, and we get the pts deduction next year, with turmoil surrounding the club next summer can we strengthen and rebuild, I dont think we would have a hope! 3 important dates for everyones diary - today, rumoured payday (will it happen), Monday, end of transfer window (what will happen), and Feb 11th - the HMRC court date - time i guess will reveal all!
29/01/2010 11:19:00
just to clarify, I meant that O'Hara, and Nugent at pompey, Dindane at Brum...
29/01/2010 11:24:00
Completely agree Rug, what's interesting is that if they think they can develop on this land and sell at a profit they've got another thing coming, do they really think that 10's of thousands of fans would idly stand by whilst fratton park was torn down and new buildings erected. I'm sure that some people somewhere could be extremely disruptive if it ever came to that, plus they'd actually have to sell any property, i'm sure some people would go to great lengths to deter this and put off perspective owners, If these clowns really do have this intention at heart they need to realise that the people of Portsmouth will not stand idly by, if they succeed in destroying the club they will be hurt in the place they apparently hold most dear, their pockets!! Uprising and civil unrest!
29/01/2010 11:27:00
saints fan in peace, i feel for you guys and although i would probably enjoy seeing you being relegated the last thing i would want is to see you go completely and therefore no derby games in the future to look forward to
29/01/2010 11:40:00
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