Date:Tuesday June 1 2010
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 naļve 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...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Tuesday June 1 2010
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