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Slugging it out

Slugging it out

No, I am not talking about discussions with 'interested parties', which are still ongoing and were slugged out late into the night, I am talking about an 'apparent' training ground dust up between Jamie O'Hara and Michael Brown.

The Mail 'claims' that O'Hara gave Brown a good decking on Monday...

'Tension were running high' with Brown 'said' to be 'jumping into tackles', one of which was particularly reckless on O'Hara - with it described as a 'leg breaker.' This saw Jamie 'the slugger' O'Hara snap and he gave Brown a pounding.

The 'scuffle' is 'said' to have been over pretty quickly but Brown has come away from this with a nice black eye...

As for the slugging it out as far as Portsmouth Football Clubs very own future goes, this is 'on going.'

Three separate parties are said to be in discussions with the club, the South Africans, Endeavor Plan and an unnamed one, 'thought' to be an Irish one?

'Reports' on ESPN, which of course are the ones that Peter Storrie does all his talking to, were 'claiming' last night that 'proof of funding' had been received, although according to Balram Chainrai's spokesman, Phil Hall - who was talking to sky sports news - this does not seem to be the case...

Storrie does appear to have connections with these South Africans, who are the ones he is negotiating with - but Hall insists NOTHING will happen until this concrete proof of funding is seen.

It is probably best that I just quote all of what Hall has said really: 'there have been a number of calls going around the globe today. There have also been three meetings going on in London.

'When I left them 10 minutes ago, two meetings were going on in one London hotel and (chief executive) Peter Storrie was meeting another group in another location.

'So they certainly could not try harder to try and put a deal together.

'Peter has made no secret, I do not think we are breaking any confidences, of his relationship with a South African interested party and, yes, indeed, he has been having conversations with them to try and advance it further.

'They have absolutely insisted that no negotiations will go further unless there is proper proof of funds.

'That does not mean a solicitor's letter. That means a bank absolutely authorising that respectable funds are in place and that a deal can be done and investment can be made into the football club.

'They are not going to take people's word as in the past. It is something they are very clear about.

'The other thing that they are very clear about is that both said to me earlier today that this club has to survive, that Monday is not an option for them, that liquidation cannot happen. They are determined to make sure that indeed does not go ahead.'

Administration will be sought if needs be from the sounds of it, but we have been hearing words along those lines for a while really - but that is a last resort.

Fair play I guess, we HAVE been burnt several times this season so getting cast iron proof that funding is available is something that is needed and without this no sale should, or even would go ahead.

Something at the very last minute is possible though, and this could well drag on until the last: 'we have until Monday, really, so I think you can safely say by the weekend we will have a clear picture of what's happening.

'But it can change on one conversation or one document which can change the whole picture.'

As always we have to just sit, wait and hope...


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Date:Tuesday February 23 2010
Time: 8:30AM


Jamie has my permission to punch Brown's lights out (not that he needs permission...!)
23/02/2010 08:38:00
Good luck Pompey. I really hope you survive this.
23/02/2010 08:39:00
My learned friends. I refer back to comments I made last week that Michael Brown is a complete waste of space. I would personally like to congratulate Jamie O'Hara on his sterling perfermances whilst with us & for giving the muppet what he deserves.
23/02/2010 08:43:00
nice one Jamie,keep up the fighting spirit.
23/02/2010 08:51:00
i stick by the fact that i think, on the whole, brown has had a decent season for us and has - again on the whole - kept that 'thugish streak - in check...
from the sounds of it, not that ANY of us saw this mind, this thug returned on monday and he got his just deserts! luckily, for him as much as anything, he did not cause serious damage to o'hara - altho he may well have done his chances of continuing a career with us, altho some would argue that might not be a bad thing from both points of view :-)
23/02/2010 08:58:00
as far as continue 'takeover talk' goes, i have - in all honesty - had reservations abot chainrai but credit where it is due his spokesman IS saying all the right things, and all sounds good for the best interests of the club but is it too good to be true?
either way i do feel, even if it means taking the admin route, that we will live on past next monday now...
23/02/2010 08:59:00
I agree about Chainrai Rug. His spokesman makes realistic statements, not like a certain PS. This re Cattermole from the BBC "New Zealand-based businessman Victor Cattermole is interested in buying Pompey through his investment group but said nothing will happen before Monday".
23/02/2010 09:47:00
Brown is a loud mouth**** and deserved it! Neva liked his attitude when at spurs.
23/02/2010 09:51:00
Nice one Jamie. Regards the takeover, no surprises there then. Why on earth yet again does PS open his big mouth and give dates and timeframes. so that we all sit around with fingers, toes and whatever else crossed all to be left dissapointed with nothing happening 'again'. Chanrai's coming up with what we want to hear I guess and its not in his intrest for us to go into administration either I suppose as whats owed to him would come down the pecking order behind the HRMC. I'd rather the Club would just conrifm they are working on deals, which I am sure they are doing and only when it has reached its conclusion, good or bad that they then give facts via the official site rather than us reading it via the Sun or ESPN
23/02/2010 09:59:00
'if' we go into admin, which is 'looking' like a distinct possiblity now - and at least, despite the crippling affect to some businesses that DO NOT deserve to lose out big time - i am not so sure, unless NO ONE takes us out of admin, that chainrai does lose out tho does he?
provided someone picks up the peices for peanuts, given that he stands to make 'at least' £15m from the freehold on fratton park in rent and would get 10p in the £1, or whatever it would anyway would he lose out? in some ways, so long as pompey lives on and play at fratton he is in an almost win-win situation?
23/02/2010 10:41:00
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