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Can we talk football again now!?

I tell you what it was, or at least felt, touch and go on Thursday - I was nervous but did not truly realise how nervous I was until just before the judgement was cast, it was made worse by the fact that I had to leave for work at any moment as I awaited the announcement so I feared I would not find out until my break late in the evening!

Thankfully we won the case against HMRC, and despite thoughts that they would appeal they opted against this - in all honesty I think common sense prevailed here as they WOULD NOT have won an appeal against the appeal failure and they knew it, so justifying wasting more of the taxpayers money could not be done...

Make no bones about it Portsmouth Football Club has done wrong in recent years, various people connected to it in the past have screwed us over, by that I mean the club, the fans, the community, local businesses, charities and so on - and for that people should be brought to justice, although for the reasons HMRC were looking for, given the 'rules' that are in place, they did not really have an argument did they?

Things have to change in football, and unless they do things will ONLY get worse!

So, we now know that the case against HMRC is done, they will not appeal so we can now sign off on the CVA - the next step after that will be exiting administration.

Exiting administration 'should' mean a buyer is in place, most likely Balram Chainrai - who despite my own reservations previously I feel we have to let do his thing now. When all is said and done nothing has been 'proven' about him has it, so as long as he pays the wages, and is fair to the club on what he looks to get back in relation to what he puts in we have to 'leave him to it' really...

It goes without saying that we WILL NOT be making wholesale signings, of course - assuming our embargo is lifted - some more freebies and loanees will come in, I would think, although actually paying money for a player is not going to happen, and given our position lets face it this should not happen anyway!

The years ahead will be rocky, they will be tough, and this season could be a monster but getting through them with minimal damage is the main thing and we get back on our feet - the days of 'wild spending' are gone, we MUST live within out means, even if this means 'languishing' at a lower level.

We DO have a club still, and that is the most important thing!

Finally, with the season kicking-off today, we 'should' be able to get back to talking about football again, and 'hopefully' not too far down the line the only thing we will really be talking about is this. How I have longed for the days when we can just talk about how crap, or good, we are on the field instead of off it again!

It is like a new shot at life, so lets just hope that the powers that be at Portsmouth Football Club can give us this without causing us distress, embarrassment or shame again - the 'Football' part in Portsmouth Football Club is what we should, all being well, be able to talk about, almost exclusively in the future, and 'hopefully' safe in the knowledge that we are being run in the best possible way...

Although 'if' it becomes apparent, or we 'fear', that something is not right it is only proper that we question what is being done to our club. Digging for diggings sake is no good but questioning how we can/cannot afford this and that is something to be looked at.

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  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Saturday August 7 2010

    Time: 9:00AM

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    Now it is time to pursue the people responsible for the mess and have a criminal investigation. These people weren't the club, merely temporary custodians, the club is us, the fans, the staff and the local community.
    Lemmi
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    07/08/2010 09:02:00

    Excellent article Rug, sums it up so well. I also didn't realise how . .well scared actually, I was until after the judgement had been given and I was expecting an appeal, so suddenly it was all over . . and yes, we can get back to the football again.
    tracyc
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    07/08/2010 09:22:00

    I disagree in part as i am sure Chix and think Midge will about Chanrai, something has been proven; so far he does as he says and is as good as his words. Can't see us being out of Admin in time so I think we will struggle until January 2011. The SOS Pompey people hijacked an emotional wave for their personal ego's, hopefully they and their nonsensical financial plans will die because its time to get behind the club but if you can't stand the club just remember no one is forcing you to go.
    russellm
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    07/08/2010 09:59:00

    Good to see someone else standing up for BC, Russell. Ever since he started bailing us out there's been nothing but innuendo, and sometimes worse, spouted about him. History will show that he's the man who saved Pompey from extinction (and, I hope, the man who took us back to the PL).
    PFCblue
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    07/08/2010 10:20:00

    Blue; no worries nothing gets me more irate than unsubstantiated scare mongering mand title tattle, most of it started by people who were close to the Lloyd bid; who were also close to Storrie. I dont know if he will be a long term owner but i do believe he is the man we need now. Idl to get back to whining about ref's, the state of the ground, the pies, why do i always buy a greadyB burger and feel ill afterwards, the idiot im sat next to who CLEARLY doesnt know as much as me.... then my personal favourite the taffic queues along the avenue; Lol even though i stay at my Bro in Laws in Frensham Rd; you know all the things that make us happy. :-)
    russellm
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    07/08/2010 11:23:00

     

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