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Former owners' parting message

So, another era of a PFC ownership has come to an end, Balram Chainrai and his partners have sold the club to CSI.

The parting words that they had for us were issued on a statement on The Pompey Site today, in this statement: 'A Message From The Former Owners

'We are delighted to hand over Portsmouth Football Club to Convers Sports Group headed by Vladimir Antonov, Roman Dubov and Chris Akers. We believe that Convers Sports Group will lead Portsmouth Football Club into a bright future.

'As we committed to do, we have taken this club during the worst times and brought it to safe grounds from near extinction. The club was going through a very difficult period and now is being handed over to a strong, able and willing group.

'We would like to thank Steve Cotterill, the manager, and his team, David Lampitt, the chief executive, and his management team and all the club's staff for the hard work and sleepless nights in bringing the club to where it is now.

'We would also like to thank all the club`s supporters including its commercial partners - without their incredible support we would not have reached this point.

'We wish the club and its new owners the best of luck and great success on and off the pitch.

'Play up Pompey!

'Balu Chainrai, Levi Kushnir and Deepak Chainrai.
'

I cannot now claim to be their 'biggest fan', because quite clearly I was not, although that said I would like to think that I was 'fair' towards them and often made a point of saying, even if we did not like it, the way that they went about things with the running of the club last season was basically how it should have been done really!

In their defence they made it clear from the off that they only wanted to put in minimal investment, and given our situation you can understand why really.

We were not, nor should we have been, in a position where we started throwing money at the club left right and centre, nor should we now even under new ownership...

'Word on the street' is that they have merely recovered what they wanted to recover, I guess what they put into the club, they asked for nothing more and nothing less - so if this is true then you have to say 'hat off' to them, right?

Whatever, one thing we cannot dispute - whatever the motives were - had these guys not come in when they did do we really think we would have a club that would have today been sold to CSI, let alone made it through last season...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 1 2011

Time: 11:49AM

Your Comments

Oh well another chapter
MickTait
Out with old & in with the new. Time will tell but let's all hope this a change for the better within a realistic framework. We are not going to be the next Chelsea or Man City but hopefully we will have a club that is stable & we can love again.
storagematt
Chainrai gained little from taking us over but did it anyway. They never lied to us at least. Can't complain too much. Am now trying to work out new words to Volga boatmen song for next home game
hammersmithblue
I must say fair play to Chanrai, he took us when nobody else would touch us and was always honest about his intentions, and stuck to them.
pompeyfrippy
Its still quite possible they took us to the brink before they 'saved us' - but as you say rug, just glad they are gone now.
pompeyweller
Frippy says it all for me.
Gandor1
If they hadn't funded the court case against HMRC there wouldn't be a Portsmouth fc, so fair play and good luck to em. I wonder what happens now, do we become Pompski; will we be ableto pronounce any of the new players names? Will they get shot of ? The fact that they are letting him scout for players suggests not imo.
russellm
Echo on frippy, & Russell for me
pompeyyong
said what i had to in the article really, do not worth repeating it here is it :-)
pompeyrug
I agree 100% with Frippy. 1stly BC supported the invisible man to help pay wages etc. and then fought HMRC et al to keep us as a club. I say a big 'thank you' to him. I hope the new owners have his integrity and take us to new levels. PUP
PFCblue
Nice to see the voice of reason in your comments. Now we can all start dreaming about our two little meetings in the current season.
SFC Forever
completely agree with Blue and Frippy. Have so much time for Chanrai and he deserves more than just a thankyou but unfortunately it'll have to do.
pompeym@
balu has bought us through a truly ***** time as Pompey fans, what you can say is that he was always up front about his intentions, I wouldnt mind betting that they havent walked away with every penny that they have put into the club, Thankyou Balu
NZ_Portsmuff
 

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