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Here we go (yet) again

Here we go (yet) again

I now know, thanks to eastneydave, that the plural (or multiple) of consortium is consortia - but what is the multiple feeling of déjà vu?

By its very definition it is something that you feel you have been through before, so even if it is a recurrence of that familiar feeling does it still remain merely déjà vu each time or does it have a plural meaning....

That is irrelevant though, what is not is that we are inching towards a 'familiar face' returning to the owners chair at Fratton Park.

Once again Balram Chainrai is preparing to step in as a 'reluctant owner' once more - a move that will, whatever anyone says for or against this, cause a huge fraction among the fans, at a time when that is the last thing we would need at this juncture.

I may well have my own opinion on this, and what I think is 'right or wrong' but off the bat I think you have to be wary of peoples views and opinions - for anyone to be called 'any more' or 'any less' of a fan based upon their views of Chainrai and his potential re-ownership of Portsmouth Football Club is grossly unfair...

Many things make many people feel that he is not the right man to 'take us forward' but to begin with I find it amazing that a person that has put you into administration once, and played a hand in it a second time, is even able to be considered as a 'fit and proper' owner?

Football really is detached from the real world is it not!

I could be wrong but I always thought that in the 'business world' if someone put a company into administration they were unable to become an owner, or director or whatever, for a period of years at least - but hey I am no businessman and do not want to pretend I know how this works but with football being a 'business' these days, if such actions are in fact the way of the business world, then why is football different?!

Let me also make it clear that I do not want Chainrai to return, but then again I also do not want PFC to be liquidated!

Although I think it is almost 100% certain now that one of these two options is now going to be the outcome, with it also more likely that we will 'live on' (if you could call it that!) as Chainrai 'will not see us liquidated'...

Sadly the proposed fans takeover is, and maybe I am wrong, highly unlikely to happen with him preparing to make his move again.

Its a bloody awful feeling that I personally have at this moment as I am happy that it is almost certain there will be a PFC beyond this summer but it is also, again personally for me, going to be a continued PFC far from the one that I have always loved (then again we have, in many ways, been far from the PFC I grew to love many years ago for sometime eh!) - Chainrai is not a saviour!!

In his 'defence' he cannot be held solely accountable for what has happened to PFC in most recent years but without a shadow of a doubt he is one of the main players in our current predicament.

I would not be able to trust the man, as previous highlights a willingness not to follow through with his words (promising to pay off the small creditors himself - which he did not! Covering the wages at the end of last year/beginning of this - again I believe he did not. And then you have the whole season ticket fiasco last summer where he was looking for us to stump up hundreds of pounds in cash!)

I continue to question the validity of a large amount of the money that he has 'put in' to the club, many put it down to 'conspiracy theories' but it really is just far too coincidental that the 'previous' he and the Gaydamak family have then saw him 'invest', or 'loan', roughly what it was he felt he was owed by them...

As I say I do not want us liquidated for one minute but I would find it somewhat hypocritical of myself if I then went and invested any more of my money into this club owned by him - by renewing my season ticket I would be rolling over and accepting him back with open arms, but my weekends would be vacant without regular trips back home to Portsmouth.

Lots to think about but I will have to cross this bridge when it happens (I do not say 'if' as I cannot see anyone else coming in. If someone else does - bar the fans buyout of course - I would almost certainly think that they are acting on his behalf, paranoid I know but hey ho!)

Another major fear that I have always had with the 'reluctant owner' returning is that moping up the remainder of his parachute payments (and we DO still have some £14m to come through by all accounts) would then see him pocket a large chunk of what he is 'owed' - minimal investments in the intervening period would see his loss far less dramatic than it would be if we were liquidated!

So, once this has been the case he walks away again and leaves us for dead.

Perhaps then, a year or so down the line, the proposed fans buyout could take place and we can finally salvage something from the carnage left behind...

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Friday April 27 2012
Time: 12:03PM

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