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An attempt to ease the would be carnage?

An attempt to ease the would be carnage?

The Mail is today picking up where The Mirror left off yesterday, they had said that we had requested an advancement on parachute payments - The Mail today now says that Richard Scudamore is prepared to let the premier league do this in order to pay off the Taxman, so long as the other premier league sides agree to this...

Clearly I do NOT want us to go out of business but I have to say that this does not sit that comfortably with me - it just seems that we are further delaying the inevitable, as what happens next time money is wanted? That time we might not have it coming in from outside sources, so, as I say it seems like we are delaying the inevitable?

It is plain to see that the ONLY chance we have of survival is someone coming in and saving us, but will they?

We 'claim' that we have 2 serious bids on the table, what I cannot quite understand is 'if' this is the case why are we looking for an advancement on this money from the premier league? Granted a takeover would not happen soon enough for us to be saved, but if a genuine offer, with a promise of this and that - and funds PROVEN to exit can be seen - then could this not be enough to satisfy the courts/HMRC?

Assuming these offers for the club will come - then perhaps this advancement is not a bad thing at all, although why will Balram Chainrai not advance this himself and then have this 'short-term' loan refunded to him when 'a takeover' goes through, better still could this 'potential owner' not loan the money to the club up front...

So, as you can see, my concerns are that this is a further delaying exercise with my biggest fear being that even after a further stay of execution, one that allows us to see out the season, the end product will be the same - there will be an end to it all! That said if it buys us a little more time, this is a little more time for that interested party to complete, or be found.

But again, will this saviour come?

This premier league 'lifeline', should it come, in many ways would not surprise me, but lets make it clear they ARE NOT doing this to save Pompey, they are doing this to save the premier league 'brand'...

Should we go to the wall the carnage it would cause would be catastrophic for the premier league, well for the whole of English football really! This is already teetering on the brink of collapse at some point in the not to distant future for me, unless things change, but our demise could bring this house of cards crashing down!

From a premier league viewpoint only, clubs 'could' be denied the title or survival as a result of us going, others 'could' then slip in an win the league or survive as a result - champions league places, and the money that goes with it, could be affected, uefa cup places might be altered. All signs, ultimately, point to 'money loss' for people, which is the main name of the game these days.

You would see clubs taking their fights through the courts for loss of revenue etc. I would imagine you would then see sides beaten by us in cup competitions seeking some form of compensation due to 'loss of revenue' as they will argue it 'should have been them' in this or that round...

This option is the premier leagues best option really, would it be ours?

Well, time would tell. As far as a club in existence goes, of course this means we limp on until May at least.

What I do know is they, the premier league, would be even more desperate for us to slip out of the 'top-flight' because then it is no longer their worry! Their worry is the immediate here and now, so with the thought that we are literally days from folding fast approaching I suspect that their pantaloons are filling faster than a child's nappy that has a heavy case of Montezuma's revenge...


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Date:Friday February 12 2010
Time: 9:48AM


It is the Premier Leagues best option I agree Rug.. but if somebody is offering us money in order for us to survive then I would bite their hand off.. Some might see it as delaying the inevitable.. but in my mind nothing is inevitable.. Live for today .. Take the money..
12/02/2010 10:07:00
must take the money as if we go into admin i cant see we would get the parachute payments anyway they would go straight to our creditors. nothing to lose unless points taken off us for next year
Super Bock 1898
12/02/2010 10:15:00
Always live for today as no one knows what tomorrow brings
12/02/2010 10:26:00
The rest of premier league would not agree to this, why would they?
12/02/2010 10:27:00
Agree with you on that Chix, surely that will get the HRMC off our back. One thing for sure is that they will not let us off, and administration or liquidation, they are the first to get whats owed. The PL are looking for self preservation and if we can get to the end of the season and then get naturally relegated then nothing more would please them. Not PL problem then, embarrasment gone. Apart from the obvious reasons I want us to remain in the top flight, I would also love it for the point of giving the PL the hassle of having us in their 'graet league'
12/02/2010 11:12:00
I cant see this happening. What would be the case if they gave us the money and we then stayed up? All hell would break loose in that senario as well. Basically whatever has happend PFC have screwed the Premier League and the other teams. We will go down in the history books for this.
12/02/2010 11:23:00
I agree Chix. Survive and then see if Storries stories come to fruition.
12/02/2010 11:29:00
All of the options discussed make little sense. The fact is that we only know part of the story, the majority is hidden. Their are a lot of teams batting at the moment, but non have PFC. as a priority.
12/02/2010 12:35:00
Still convinced we will go into admin before the Wednesday court deadline!
12/02/2010 13:11:00
Not a chance Matt.. too many have too much to lose.. Anyway I'm gonna win the euro millions draw so our troubles will be over come Monday .. Just imagine the headlines.. Drunk Twentysomething Fratton Ender Becomes Pompey Saviour
12/02/2010 13:18:00
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