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Now to see what CSI are made of

Whilst we now know the 'uncertainty' surrounding the CSI takeover is over, as they have completed this, whilst it was uncertain, for whatever reason, you could understand - to a degree - why moves for players were not really being made.

That said surely with or without that takeover there must, or at least should have, have been budget in place for next season, a budget that 'might' now be greater with CSI coming in, but even without this we should have been able to sort deals, certainly those that were free agents?

So its essential, even more so with this deal now going through, that we soon start sorting things out because we know what will happen if we do not!

Déjà vu once more...

Quite clearly Balram Chainrai would have retained Steve Cotterill, so I was left kind of asking myself the question 'maybe' CSI were not looking to do this?

Although I am sure that they are but it was/is possible that their plans did not include him, as said though I am sure that they do...

This could have been preventing signatures being collected on incoming players and also, to be fair players, they would not want to put their signature in place until they knew who they would be playing for and what the clubs future plans were, it is more than feasible that this was/is a major factor.

CSI are now in place the deals in place for 'players waiting in the wings' need to be concluded sooner rather than later now to get the new owners' Fratton reign off to a good start.

I do not think that we should expect, or even want, 'major investment' ploughed into the playing side of things as if we see loads of money thrown at players - both in their fees and wages we give them - then we will see déjà vu on that side of things too...

There are free agents out there, some we already have lined up by all accounts so lets bring them in and also, if the price is right and with what they are asking for salary wise, bring back those loanees that Cotterill wants to.

Lets not 'dilly dally' around this summer, lets get the squad in place sooner rather than later.

This would go some way - assuming they do it the right way - that CSI genuinely do have a decent plan in mind and really are looking to do their best for PFC, and of course will give themselves the opportunity to do right by themselves - again within reason and them not 'fleecing' us - too if all goes according to their plan.

We need to give CSI a chance to prove their worth but they will also be needing to prove that they are here to look after this clubs best interests and starting to rebuild this squad, on a sensible budget, as quickly as possible will do a long way to appeasing the Fratton natives...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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Date:Wednesday June 1 2011

Time: 4:38PM

Your Comments

Another new broom. They will have their own idea's but we time to build a team & this summer gives us a fighting chance. I still believe our biggest drawback is the ground. Whilst we can offer a new stadia with some 30,000+ seats we will always struggle. My only concerns over the new owners is why they failed to buy Bournemouth a few seasons back?
storagematt
Lets wait and see. We certainly must not be cynical yet. Is the 10k barrier still in place Rug
MickTait
all the time we struggle to fill even a 20,000 stadium i see no benefit in talking of expanding or building a new one - seems pointless. 'if' CSI have actually managed to agree a deal with gaydarlek for the surrounding area he was holding us to ransom over then this is really good for our future...
pompeyrug
cynical no, cautious yes but to a correct level of cautiousness for me and no major meddling from certain groups, as much good as they can do...
i would 'hope' that a £10k cap stays in place Mick because i think that is MORE than enough for any footballer, especially a no power one!
pompeyrug
Would be nice to know if they have agreed deals with Sasha, not for now, but for the long term future, as you say Rug "steady as we go",or words to that effect.
pompeyyong
Matt, as far as I am aware, no offer was made for Bournemouth, CSI made an inquiry and simply never went any further with it, I don't think it was a case of being turned down or anything, likewise the Rangers rumours
paultsmouth
from what i was told it was more that the current owners did not want to sell, not that they were 'rejected' by bournemouth? given the time, work and effort to rebuild that club they wanted to keep as was?
pompeyrug
Matt, they made an enquiry, the shares were mortgaged to the current owner who made it clear he didn't want to sell; end of discussion. No offer was made for Rangers; and perhaps the Gers may come to regret that, it says something that CSI had the money to buy the facilities.
russellm
In regard to the article CSI say they are after an early return to the Premier League, therefore they also must have put by some working capital to up the CVA payments if promotion is acheived.
russellm
Well fingers crossed to the future, finally this deal is done, and lets hope for a sensible level of investment in the squad for starters, and then see what happens next.
tracyc
Its been a long time coming, dont you think its really weird that people arent excited by this????? Its almost surreal that this has gone ahead, Im guessing that an indication of the future will be in the next week, if they get in quick and start signing a few bods (even the long term well known targets) then I guess that will be a good sign. I think its sad that Storyteller, gaydarlek, The doc and the illusionist and to some degree balu have taken away the excitement of being bought by new owners, its like your first xmas after you find out santa isnt real........time will tell, come on santa, show us some f***ing pressies huh!!!
NZ_Portsmuff
I am excited NZ POrtsmuff but whereas I used to be only excited, I'm now far more cautious. This deal took a long time to go through which suggests some problems were met. However, I'll give them some time to see what they really bring. The proof of the pudding is in the eating is it not?
Pompeyjake
I have followed this site for years as a spectator and avid reader and enjoy it immensely, some great views and banter - so here is my first "post", go easy on me! I'm sure most of you are like me in that I feel battle-weary with the constant circus around Pompey in the last 2 years. Negativity is draining. I have read the views on CSI on this post and share the sentiment of caution as we move (hopefully) forward. Whatever our views I feel we should welcome our new owners and not forget that we do owe a debt of thanks to Mr Chainrai and co. We all want the very best for our fantastic football club, but at least we still have one and that should never, ever, be forgotten. My wish-list would be simple and I would not even be that concerned if going about it meant we had further to fall in football league terms, we just have to get it right this time and build a long lasting legacy. No quick wins. 1. Longevity of ownership - lets hope CSI go about re-building our club in the right way and have a ten year plan to reconstruct from the bottom up. Training facilities, youth development, community involvement and income generation. 2. A viable/signed off stadium plan of 30,000 capacity. Either where we currently sit or new location. We simply have to do this, we are a laughing stock in the modern game. I disagree with the pessimistic view voiced earlier in this thread. Our near neighbours Brighton & H.A. have given the whole of football a glowing example of how to build from the bottom up. In a similar position to us over a decade ago, they have had average gates of 6,000 for the last ten years, way below ours and have just sold out a 25,000 seater gem of a stadium next year, built on solid investment, community partnership and income generation through profitable player development and sales. 3. An academy to be truly proud of. Again, much as it pains me to say it, near neighbours (SFC) have one of the best academy's in England. Some come through to the first team and then get sold, but for big money and like it or not, it is THE best way to generate income and re-invest in the club. 4. The supporters to step up and play their part, especially the fair-weather types and there are too many of them. Turn up to games and get behind the team and the manager. The club need to play their part in this too and offer better incentive schemes to attend especially when it comes to bringing your kids along. I hate seeing a half full stadium, certain games should be free to bring your kids along and fill those seats. Sadly I predict in the next few years that B&HA/SFC will go past us and make us look like poor relations, BUT, we are the biggest club by far and if CSI get this right then in time, we will be back and this time it will be for good! Build us a giant club CSI, it can be done!! Play Up Pompey.
drfrattonizer
wow quite some 1st post DR, and welcome to the site. I honestly couldn't disagree with any of that, Brighton are a very good example to follow the only difference is that we're starting bigger than they did so in theory we should be a lot bigger than them if we ever get these new facilities, although i fear we missed our golden change when all our local rivals where down, had he had the facilities then our fan base could of grown 10 fold..
pompeym@
as said on another thread. what a way to announce youself drfrattonizer, i do hope this is not a one off post and you return?
how would you feel about me taking that comment and turning into an article, giving you credit?
pompeyrug
 

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