Date:Monday March 15 2010
...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...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Monday March 15 2010
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