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A fresh, clean, start with a new CEO

David Lampitt has now, officially, started his job as the new CEO of Portsmouth Football Club - lets just hope that his arrival heralds the start of a new, and cleaner, PFC.

This is what he had to say to The Pompey Site: 'I am excited to be coming on board today after The FA kindly agreed to release me early from my notice period.

'I know the club has been through some tough times, especially in the last season, but I am determined to help turn things around and bring some stability back to the business.

'I can't promise a quick fix, but I genuinely believe we can put the club back on its feet. We will all have a part to play in this - the club staff and the playing squad, of course, but also, and probably most importantly, our extraordinary and loyal supporters.

'They have borne the brunt of the off-pitch problems over the last season with humility and stoicism - characteristics that I would like to see reflected in the club. I will be working extremely hard to rebuild their trust and, given time, I know that we can restore pride in an incredibly proud football club with proud traditions and a long history.

'There is a lot to do. My initial priority, in addition to finding a new manager and taking steps to secure our squad for next season, must of course be to ensure that the CVA proposals sent out last week are agreed by our creditors on June 17 so that the future of the club is secured.

'During the continuing period of administration the administrators remain in full legal control of the club and I will be working alongside them to make sure that the interests of the club are protected.'

Nicely said David!

His appointment, albeit 'seeing his contract out with the FA' at the time, during the height of our administration was a 'strange' move to say the least - both for us as a club and him professionally, in many ways.

Yet, with almost a decade worth of work with the FA behind him and the fact that he has been the 'Head of Football integrity' in this role with the FA is it too much to hope for, or too nave to think, that we could have found a good apple to replace the rotten ones that went before him?

Integrity by its very own definition stands for 'honesty', 'truthfulness' and 'honour' and these are qualities that we have been crying out for in a CEO, right? And exactly what we need at this time as we look to steady the sinking ship that is PFC.

It seems 'nailed on' that Balram Chainrai will regain ownership of the club at some point this month, so whatever the thoughts are on this guy, surely with Lampitt in place things will be 'above board' in the days, months and even years ahead? I will cover the Chainrai, and future ownership issues of the club, in something else soon enough - but this article is about Lampitt.

As said lets hope that this new CEO can bring forth the start of a fresh, new, and most importantly of all clean era with this club as we begin the long battle ahead of us to right the so many wrongs of the past...

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Date:Tuesday June 1 2010

Time: 12:03PM

Your Comments

This can only be a good thing, a step in the right direction.
PompeyFrippy
Glad to have him on board, interesting to read that one of his previous roles was as a forensic accountant... Wonder what he'll be doing when he's got 5 minutes spare.
stooH
It's good news, he won't have time for forensic accounting that will be HMRC if anybody. Good to see his familiar with agent requirements! What now messers Silkman and Mckay???
russellm
This is a major milestone as we look to the future so we should all welcome someone with integrity at last. I have to confess that I misread his name at first at thought it was Lembit which made me think that wish such a thin squad we might have the Cheeky Girls in midfield. Shame.
blueexile
Welcome David. Good luck mate!! I think you might need it.
eastneydave
lol blue. Let's give him time time to settle in and not start by criticising his every move. If Chainrai does take over let's also give him the benefit of any doubt. In short, let's all try to pull in the same direction. Here's to a brighter future.
PFCblue
ps. I meant to add, does this mean we're finally rid of Storrie?
PFCblue
blue, sadly storrieteller is still knocking around...for now anyway!
i still have reservations about chainrai, i cannot lie, and think as much as anything it is proven links to gaydamak etc. and the fact he made it clear from the off he had 'no interest' that worries me but with lampitt in place i think i will be able to sleep alittle better when, and he will unless lloyd's lot can prove their worth, chainrai take over with lampitt in place.
this is a VERY big step in the right direction for me.
pompeyrug
From small acorns. This could be the first of several pieces of good news for you all this summer. I do hope so because I want the pleasure of kicking some blue asses in the near future. Two games to get out of our system in case you forget.
SFC Forever
Now now Rug, you are the site editor and when you comment it should ve balanced. So you mention Chan's proven links to Gaydamak- do you mean that Chanrai sued Gaydamak for some 30+ million and won? I reckon the vast majority of Pompey fans would like to see the same thing again. Of course I could be wrong and you could be refering to Chan covering the charity debts of shame acrued during gaydamak and storie's reign. PFC Blue is right IMHO if Chan does take over he needs the benefit of the doubt cos so far he is the only one who has been honest and make no mistake he IS bank rolling our club. He doesn't have to and we aren't Crystal Palace purely because of him.
russellm
ah, now you see mr russ i have hand written something that i need to type up about the ownership issue - which i think is pretty balanced, all will be revealed soon enough...
pompeyrug
Seems Storrie is around for another month, maybe 6 weeks to sell players. I wonder if he will reach the 30 mill he told Admin the squad was worth,- no no sorry thats now reduced to 20 mill, oops look there I go again see it's now down to a quoted 15 mill. LoL, perhapse the actual sold value should be the subject of a vote.
russellm
He certainly said all the right things, and I'm relieved to read he's not trying to promise a 'quick fix'. Mind you, Lloyd said a lot of the right things, but I didn't believe him - whereas somehow with Lampitt I do, even though I don't know much about the man at all. I feel we can rest a little easier with him at the helm.
tracyc
 

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