Vital Football

Pompey under NEW ownership AGAIN!?

Pompey under NEW ownership AGAIN!?

So, I get up from a brief kip - taking into account that my train back from London did not get back into Plymouth until 5am, and by the time I got a bus back to my place it was around 6.30am - to find, not that it is all over the shop that Pompey have been taken over AGAIN...

Balram Chainrai, the Hong Kong businessman that has loaned the club £20m, apparently, has 'seized control, subject to passing the Premier League fit and proper person test,' through his company Portpin, along with his Israeli partner Levi Kushnir.

There was something breaking on this news late on Wednesday, but with Chainrai said to be 'angered by Portsmouth's failure to make the repayments, despite Portpin continually extending the deadlines' and as his 'patience ran out on Wednesday' he has moved in...

Speaking to The Guardian he said: 'Portpin have made substantial loans to Portsmouth to try and ensure the club's future.

'Portpin will [now] continue to work for the best interests of the club.'

'To help Portsmouth succeed we need the support and understanding of Her Majesty's Revenue to work out a solution.'

Although a 'Pompey board insider' has been talking to ESPN Soccernet denying this suggestion: 'it is not clear what is happening as there is now a dispute. I don't think either side has fully complied with the agreement upon which loans were made to the club.

'Chainrai has a charge on the property, not a charge on the club, so I would say that he is not the owner of the club, nor is he seeking to be.'

Nothing is being said officially - now there is a surprise, so in many ways none of us are one any the wiser I must say...

But, and working on the assumption that this has happened, you would HOPE that these guys cannot be any worse than Ali Al Faraj and co, fingers crossed although this is seen as a 'short-term' move, he has come in to make sure that we get debts sorted out and we settle the issue with HMRC.

It does seem that it is in his best interests to have done this, some 'stability' will come, at least in the short-term...


Bookmark and Share

Join the Vital Pompey Debate

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday February 4 2010
Time: 10:11AM


My understanding is BC is in it for the short term. To protect his investment. No doubt his spat with Gadymak snr will roll on. BC wants to sort a deal with HMRC. Bring stability off the pitch which we hope will bring it on the pitch. Storrie back in control, Jacobs out. Got to be good thing if BC can keep us out of administartion.
04/02/2010 10:18:00
BBC sports news correspondent Gordon Farquhar said: "He is understood not to be interested in a long-term ownership, just averting the current crisis." Chainrai's company Portpin may sell the club before the end of the season. A Pompey spokesman said: "Portpin have exercised a clause in their contractual agreement to take a controlling interest. They are taking control on a temporary basis to allow new owners to be found. "Portpin's aim is to come in and stabilise the club, sort out the business with the winding-up order from HMRC and sell it on to new owners. "New directors will be appointed to the board and Peter Storrie will remain as chief executive and will be running the club."
04/02/2010 10:23:00
Couldnt give a F**k any more who owns us its just another name for the short term im just fed up with it all. none of them are interested in PFC as a club thier only interested in what they can make out of us & move on . id rather be in CC league with an owner thats interested in our Club. lets hope they keeps us out of administration . but thats all the good that will come out of it.
04/02/2010 10:33:00
so...good thing or bad thing? :)
04/02/2010 10:34:00
Lets just hope the best interests are not to buldose Fratton park and stick a load of flats on it. If BC can sort out HRMC and keep us afloat til end of season then great. Hopefully if we are still in the PL, then we will hopefully be more viable for a decent takover with some one with actual money.
04/02/2010 10:43:00
Perhaps we are going for some kind of record of the number of owners in a season! Life is not boring as a Pompey fan. Is it a good thing though? Who knows?
04/02/2010 11:10:00
Tbh at first site this seems a good thing lol comforting to know we aren't the only ones to not know who al miraj is
04/02/2010 11:17:00
So is that the end of that convicted fraudster/shyster and Ali Bongo 'Lord Lucan' Faraj that have been *****ing us up? A lot of people have got a lot to answer for, including the Premier league. Fit and Proper, my ar$e!
04/02/2010 11:35:00
Rug, I was under the impression that the club had 2 secured loans from BC. one for the football stadium, the other for PFC as an ongoing entity, therefore if both have been defaulted, this would make him the de-facto predicted by..........oh yeah, me !!!!! still too many twists and turns to come on this one however, but anything that gets rid of jacob and the mirage can't be all bad, they had burnt too many bridges. PUP
04/02/2010 11:39:00
I watched tis come in last night on the webb, on this site and other were full of it as articles were posted and then withdrawn by the guardian-an eagle eye on another sight noticed thatthe date was wrong on the first onw... Hm..nitty gritty...I hope i am wrong, but it all sounds far too convenient to me...HMRC next week and all... It seems that Arcady Gaydamak was our real owner and this guy has a spat with there any road in this connection.?...My fear is that it is all one big scam to remove Portsmouth FC from the land and develop ground that is left...Faraj runs it into the ground BC collects his debts..the land..and builds a supermarket..I have thought this through and am on lunch break so have to just scan it in with out any real detail...but I may be wrong...please.
plymouth graham
04/02/2010 11:57:00
Page 1/3
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Big Ben returns!

There's no doubting how important Davies is to us, we most definitely missed the former Sheffield United man against Orient but Cook's confirmed he'll start against Bristol Rovers.

Winning over the fans

Cook feels he still has to 'win over a proportion' of the fans at Pompey?

Tubbs a way he has a point

5-goals in a combined total of 8-matches isn't a bad return is it so having made his move to Eastleigh this week I get Tubbs' point at his surprise Cook wasn't selecting him.

Pompey Predictions League - update no.28

The Pompey predictions league is very much part of this site now! This continued with a defeat to Orient last Saturday.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists


Current Poll (see more polls)

Orient MotM
Suggested By: VitalPompey
Sub - Evans2%
Sub - McGurk0%
Sub - Chaplin5%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Northampton 28 19 4 5 61 20
2 Plymouth 29 17 5 7 56 17
3 Oxford 28 14 10 4 52 19
4 Mansfield 31 13 9 9 48 9
5 Bristol Rovers 29 14 5 10 47 10
6 Wycombe 29 13 7 9 46 6
7 Leyton Orient 30 12 10 8 46 5
8 Portsmouth 28 11 12 5 45 20
9 Accrington 26 13 6 7 45 12
10 Cambridge 30 12 8 10 44 3
11 Wimbledon 28 11 9 8 42 7
12 Carlisle 26 11 9 6 42 5
13 Exeter 28 11 7 10 40 -1
14 Luton 30 10 8 12 38 1
15 Crawley 30 11 4 15 37 -13
16 Morecambe 30 10 6 14 36 -3
17 Notts County 27 10 6 11 36 -6
18 Barnet 28 9 6 13 33 -8
19 Stevenage 31 7 10 14 31 -14
20 Newport 28 6 9 13 27 -11
21 Yeovil 29 5 9 15 24 -14
22 Hartlepool 26 7 3 16 24 -19
23 Dag & Red 29 4 8 17 20 -22
24 York 28 4 8 16 20 -23
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Bristol Rovers (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Yeovil Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 23 2016 7:45PM : Barnet (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Cambridge United (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Exeter City (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Stevenage (a)
Sky Bet League Two

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table