Date:Monday April 12 2010
News that Pompey plan to 'appeal' to the FA to let us apply to take our place in next seasons Europa league was, in my mind anyway, good news - although Admin Andy's views that a 'well known and substantial group' that is a 'serious player,' and one that has been looking to own a football club for 12-months, is showing an interest in Pompey is 'potentially' even better news, right?
Speaking 'exclusively' to ESPN Soccernet, after our semi final win, he said: 'it was such a marvellous occasion and such a wonderful result for the club, and it has already triggered further interest. We had one party who had shown interest, they were hovering, a real significant consortium with sporting interests, and this morning they came to step up their interest.
'I got the phone call I had almost been expecting as a consequence of the heroics on the field, and with club now in the FA Cup final. We are talking about a well known and substantial group, and if their firm interest materialises into a bid it would secure the future of Portsmouth for a very, very long time.
'This group are serious players, and they have been looking at football club ownership for the past 12 months but haven't found the one they want. Perhaps Portsmouth can now be the one. We shall soon find out, let's see what the day brings, it wouldn't surprise me if there was another call.
'Of course I am not at liberty to divulge the name of the latest consortium to declare their interest, but it has certainly encouraged me this morning.
'It makes it all worthwhile, it was a great day for the fans and for the club, and it can be the catalyst to bring forward the right buyer for Portsmouth.'
There was, what is 'said' to have been a 'positive' meeting held with Admin Andy last Thursday, in which he came across pretty well and impressed many by all accounts. A couple of people who had been at this meeting, or spoken with people that had, have told me this, which is positive news. So, it 'seems' that the guy is starting to win people over.
Putting aside the fact that we are in the FA cup final, again, which is of course good news and can only help us find a new owner - the fact that we have seen some positive 'off-the-field' developments recently, what with a new kit deal agreed with Kappa and a new chief exec appointed, you cannot help but think that we are 'heading' in the right direction, right...
As for these 'possible' new bidders, who 'could' become our new owner(s), of course time will tell on this - all we can do is keep our fingers firmly crossed that something, with someone, can and will happen and that this can FINALLY be 'the real deal' for us.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Monday April 12 2010
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