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Rob talks the talk...

Rob talks the talk...

...Admin Andy wants him to walk the walk!

Rob Lloyd, the Cheshire based property developer fronting a consortium bidding to takeover at Pompey, had - according to Admin Andy - not even approached him with an official bid before news of his interest was splashed all over the Sunday papers...

This group first made their move on Friday and some documentation has been seen but no conversation had - at the point of Admin Andy making his statement on Sunday - taken place between the pair: 'I find it really strange he has taken this route. I want to hear from him as I have not actually spoken to him at all.

'I am waiting for his phonecall.'

Lloyd, looking to gage a fans opinion, held some sort of meeting with some people on Sunday - what was said I do not know as there was no Vital representation, which was a shame but hey ho...

Although since Admin Andy's original thoughts it is now 'said' that an exclusivity agreement is expected to be a agreed today and this will give him 14-days of due diligence and let his 'substantial investor' undertake the fit and proper tests - something that he feels will be achieved.

Lloyd insists that his group are serious and they are looking to make things right in the long-term for Pompey, but he said it WILL take several years to sort out things as it cannot happen over night, although he is not going to make 'false promises.'

You can watch his interview, which I think is worth watching, with sky sports new - here.

To be honest I do not know what to think of the guy, I know nothing about him and have not even looked into anything about him - anyone that shows an interest will be subjected to much scrutiny and it is likely that the majority will take a 'cynical' approach, due to the fact that we have been burnt several times in recent times.

The fact that he is a property developer, much like it is 'said' his partners are in his group, is concern for some - although on the flip side could this not be a good thing as far as redeveloping Fratton goes and/or maybe one day finally moving to a new stadium? The fact that he is not from Pompey so 'will not have Pompey in his heart' should have nothing to do with views on him, tell me how many clubs actually do have a local owner!

Football remains a business and of course this group will want to get something out of Pompey, but investment will have to be shown before this can happen. If people go about things in the right way there is money to be made. They, or whoever did takeover, would have to 'speculate to accumulate' but the most important thing is that the DO live within their means...

The most important thing is that we pay our dues every month, treat the fans like decent people and do not look to fleece us or play us for fools, get us on a sound footing and get the infrastructure sorted out - this, for me, is all that I want, and if we get this right the rest 'should' take care of itself.

I will not get carried away, but I do not think that I will also dismiss his intentions off the bat - lets see what the next 14-days or so bring eh...


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Date:Monday March 15 2010
Time: 9:01AM


Well again we will have to wait and see. At least there are interested parties and I'm pleased to see that it's not a Foreign led consortium as we have been there a few times before! Lets just wait and see.....
15/03/2010 09:21:00
More waiting!!!!!!
15/03/2010 10:25:00
IBluedr Lloyd is fronting another foreign consortium, he has no real money of his own, his own business is in real, real debt and he states he is using major overseas backing.
15/03/2010 11:18:00
Rug I think so far he has done it the wrong way, he hasn't even got formal information on what the club will cost or what it's debt level is. For me he needs to start surrounding himself with proffessional people and his real backers, not Pompey mad Mark Mudie; this has not been a proffessional start and this fan hopes to see something more tangible. Finally Rug the most important things for me to see in Pompey are proffessionalism, stability and the club back to winning ways, and good football.
15/03/2010 11:26:00
I'm quite heartened by the cautious notes being expressed by Admin Andy - this Lloyd chap worries me. He strikes me as another Fahim. He's all charm and plausibility and when he smiles you'd expect a light to twinkle out of his teeth. And we have to know who this consortium are, as well as what resources they plan to put into the club, what their plans are for it and what is their motivation. We've had too many false dawns before.
15/03/2010 12:37:00
shall we not bother to see what he can do and just send him to the gallows
15/03/2010 18:46:00
Of course we want to see what he can do, but we're not going to be jumping up and down and proclaiming our club is saved just yet - because we've done that before. Twice.
15/03/2010 19:25:00
well he's put a 3 million non refundable deposit down. now to me that is saying something positive. there not gonna just waste that cash for the crack of it
15/03/2010 19:55:00
He was at the scouse game as he stated, but that is a long way from buying the club, whoever buys the club, do it soon...please!!!
16/03/2010 05:00:00
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