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So far so good, right?

So far so good, right?

I guess something that is on a lot of people's minds at the moment is 'what is this surprise that Balram Chainrai said he had for us,' right?

So far there has been no 'surprise announcement', although I would say for now we have had enough 'surprises' so just a bit of quiet time with no dramas at all, so we can focus purely and simply on what is going on with the footballing side of things, will do me fine...

He, and David Lampitt, have both said that there is no 'quick fix' and they have also said that this lot is 'in it for the long-term'.

Again, all good to hear - but actions speak louder than words, as far as the 'involvement' goes. As far as the 'quick fix' goes, that is exactly right too as there is NO quick fix to our problems, these WILL continue to take time to sort out and for us to get back to the right level, ensuring that we do it the 'right way' will make it easier...

One of the major things in doing things the right way will be how we go about 'recruiting' new players.

Lampitt, also today, has also said that the lifting of the transfer embargo - even if deals still require football league approval - is not going to mean that we go on a spree of bringing players in, albeit only on emergency loan moves at the moment.

This is spot on, as the amounts of money spent on players - and the wages they were on - when we were unable to afford this played a major role in the club getting into the mess it did. Of course having crooked owners taking money left right and centre just elevated the issues!

The right loanees, using this market to our advantage bringing in players that we can get with their patent clubs contributing a lot, most, if not all, of their wages is the way to go and then looking at free agents too - and there is NOTHING stopping us from looking at free agents on a trial period, and putting them into specially arranged 'behind-closed-doors' games, like the one against Havant that is coming up. If we decided to bring them in then we do this on the right length contract on the right level of money.

If people start demanding for arrival after arrival now that the embargo has been 'relaxed' - as I have said elsewhere I like to think of it being relaxed as opposed to lifted as it has not, and will not, be properly lifted for a while, which I am happy with - will have had very short memories, and this would not be the club 'doing things the right way'...

As said it will take a long time for this club to really sort things out, but another thing that will help is continued work with younger players coming through - this saves the need to recruit form outside and, more often than not, will see players playing for the club that genuine do want to be here.

Wishing for player after player is something that I think that we need too be careful about wishing for as the consequences of these wishes coming true are not always positive are they, as we have previously found out. Lets just keep calm, be patient and be happy if things bubble along quietly, yet nicely with the credibility of the club rising again during this period.

We have all been looking for a fresh beginning, whilst the return of Chainrai does not exactly give us a 'fresh start' we still do have a start and as this title says, for me, as far as the words that are being spoken go, it is 'so far so good' so as long as the actions that follow these words are followed by actions doing what they say the will we are going to be on the right track.


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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Tuesday October 26 2010
    Time: 3:50PM


    Completely agree with this article. Nothing more to add. Stability is what I'm after - never want to be feeling like I did when I read that statement on Friday evening.
    26/10/2010 17:46:00
    Hear hear. The books need to balance (somehow!) before we start spending out on new recruits.
    26/10/2010 18:38:00
    Well Rug, we have had our disagreements over Chan but I'm pleased to see you are giving him the chance that Chix and Plymouth Graham and I did and the man Chan has earned it. Putting up with the SOSP and PITrust drivel not to mention PISA, IPSA, PASA and the rent all the other renta quotes, the man has stuck around and spent £18m and his liability is only £14m. Anyway finished with congratulating Chix, Graham and me old self, much more importantly WHERE'S THE PREDICTIONS LEAGUE?
    26/10/2010 19:11:00
    All's well that ends Hell I suppose, though I thought the whole scare tactic thing on Friday was a bit much even from out here and I can't imagine how miserable it must have made folks locally. Silly buggers. Couple of observations: 1) Chanrai's actions suggest to me that he's in it purely for short term investment purposes and while I suppose there's nothing wrong with that, the desperate need for new training facilities, a new ground and even a new club shop where us colonials can order pompey shirts from, all need to be addressed and addressed soon. I read an article in the News online where Lampitt indicated Chanrai and Co. plan to be around for a while. If so, they should at least start discussing the above issues. Thank heaven the club's still around to talk about these issues, but if the future's to be built properly, it takes committement. 2) Invest in the academy. Despite everything that's happened, the club still has a proud heritage that many youngsters would want to be a part of. 3) Marketing: One good bi-product of the recent heydey was the club's exposure overseas. I spend quite a bit of time down in the States and the English game is getting incredibly popular (they're even showing some Championship games down there now). At the very least, get the bloody online pompey shop up and running with some product and maybe affiliate with an MSL team if possible. Lastly, even though we don't get to see games out here too much anymore due to relegation and listening to them on the internet is less than an ideal substitute, I'd settle for that and ten more years of lower league football in a heart beat so long as we have people at the top committed to the betterment of the team. Long may it live PUP
    26/10/2010 21:48:00
    I agree with what you say Rug, with the proviso that loanees are not the long term future for the club. They may be good, but after a season (if we're lucky) they go back to their home clubs. Somebody must get through to SC that, as you said, the youngsters are the future of the club. Should we go for the youngsters or loanees for instant success?
    26/10/2010 22:06:00
    Interesting comments T4Pompey. What actions from Chan are you refering to? Unless a buyer is found Chan has guaranteed the CVA, so that is 5 years. It is highly unlikely that he will ever recover his interest on his Cap Ex let alone the Cap E withion 3 years even if he wanted to. People go on about a new 25-30 thousand seater stadium, it would have more credibility if they turned up to the existing one on the odd occaision; T4P has an excuse. Harry Redknapp had it spot on when he said that if you cant fill a 17,000 seater for a premiership game how many are going to turn up for Blackburn. In the 39 year ive been going to Pompey in pretty much every division there have been many, many games with empty seats. Where are thse 30,000 people? stadia are not viable on three or four big games a year. Ive voted for the training ground to be a priority, but that is £ millions that we do not have yet, nor will have for a year unless that Mr Chanrai stands guarantee on another chunk of money. Nothing wrong with Loan a rangers providing we sign them up in January; the enforced team consistency has really paid off; as has the financial leeway provided by 120 day invoicing. I'm more concerned about ensuring Pompey get first option as the way they are performing we might not keep them even if we wanted to- even Nugent and John U-Slaka; cant being fair call him that anymore.
    27/10/2010 10:22:00
    Good grief Rusell ! - you're better with detail than most judges out here ! Re Chan. That publicity stunt last Friday was a really cheap tactic in my view and I'm extremely mistrustful of people who stoop to those types of tricks. Obviously, we don't know what goes on behind the scenes but I get the impression that the chunk of land around Fratton that is owned by Gaydamak is the real cherry & bone of contention here. Re Stadium. You made a good point, but if we look at the Bolton Wanderers example, they make money off the Reebok and that's often half full. Re Training ground, yep, it's the basics of a great organization. Cheers & PUP
    27/10/2010 14:45:00
    That statement frightened the life out of me on Friday night, but then Saturday evening the deal was finally finally signed, and we are now out of admin, something which had been dragging on and on and I started to think was never going to actually happen. So it did the trick didn't it? Stability is certainly key now, and while we do need a training ground and a better (and a bit bigger) stadium, these are not the priorities right now. Nor is spending money on players. It will be nice to be able to bring in some freebies and loan players to strengthen the squad a bit, without spending too much, but it has to be said SC is doing well with the bare bones right now. The academy does need to be a priority, but as Chan has made it quite clear he's here for the short term, it might have to wait. At least we're safe from liquidation and we have an owner who wants to stabilise the club. I know that's so he gets his money back, but at least he wants to stabilise the club. At least we have a club!
    27/10/2010 18:30:00
    Telegraph seems to think Chan was elected chairman. DL earlier said he thought it would be Kushnir this what the OS is for.
    27/10/2010 18:54:00
    DL said they are open to the idea of having a member of the Supporters’ Trust on the board but stressed it cannot happen overnight.
    27/10/2010 22:55:00
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