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That 'L' word again!

That 'L' word again!

Brinkmanship is something that us Pompey fans know a fair bit about, as we do most others things of a (usually) unsavoury nature due to the fact we have been faced with it so many times...

Are today's thoughts about Pompey facing being liquidated before the season kicks-off another case of this or is it really the last chance saloon for this club?

Of course things are dire, lets not dispute this but liquidation was happening by such and such a date, then it was this date and then that!

This is not head burying mind; I am under no illusion that if something does not give soon there can be no other outcome but this...

The players, in the main, I do not care much at all for, or about, these days but the ones that I really do feel for, yet again, are the remaining 'working class' members of staff, such as you or I, that are again facing the prospect of being made redundant with more cutbacks being planned!

Then again if we are liquidated they will be out of a job anyway, so will cutting back on their measly salaries in comparison with those of the footballers 'really' make that much difference...

If players were not prepared to move on, or compromise on what they want to be paid off, in order to prevent liquidation before are they going to now?

You tend to think not, so if a takeover cannot take place until this happens lets just either get this takeover done now or whoever does not want to do this pull out and turn off the lights at Fratton Park!

My new season ticket came through today, having moved seats a little, but doubts as to if I can get to use this or not remain although as much as I love this club there is something that just does not seem to register now, and has almost had enough, dare I even say, in a way, does not care...

As ever I CANNOT say that I willingly want us liquidated but I just wish this would bloody well happen if it is going to.

Quit the brinkmanship, lets just liquidate this club if it is going to happen, no more 'by this date' rubbish, lets just do it already - if not, and saving PFC is really possible, lets just get on with it and make this happen...


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Date:Friday July 20 2012
Time: 7:24PM


Rug, I think we are all getting bored of it to be honest. The two groups who stand to lose most by liquidation are Portpin and the Players. If no agreement can be reached and quick then both become huge losers. Something has to give and quick!
20/07/2012 21:03:00
Rugger.... what will be will be mate. There's sod all any of us can do to influence the situation. We've just got to muddle along with this and enjoy our own private lives to the full in the meantime. This too will pass, and who knows... we might all be smiling at the end of this saga.... :-)
20/07/2012 21:33:00
Liquidate and be damned I say! Lets start again if we can? Lets give our club back to the community, It's they who will once again rally round and unite all fans of this working mans football club, to become a great club again. once all the money making men have been banished from the internal affairs. I have strong feelings about more redundancies being announced, especially if its the people who make the club tick over, you know ticket office staff, secretaries, shop staff, groundsmen etc etc I hope the senior playing staff can live with this, (of course they can, they can only see $ signs going into their tax free squirrel holes and this mess is nothing to do with them anyway)! Worse still I have absolutely no respect for the grey staff! These are all employees who handled or had any input into player purchases and contracts, as I see it, it was these people who destroyed this club, they worked out the contracts, and forgot to put all the relevant clauses that have caused this mess, if they had done their jobs properly, wages would have been reduced to average league payments for whatever league they were in, the onus would then be on the player to improve their wages by moving on or accept the fact they were crap the season they got relegated and take the pay cuts on the chin, but for players to stage a sit in and demand kings ransoms and lets face it that's what they are doing, and thus forcing the club into liquidation is a lesson I hope a Phoenix PFC learns well if there is a Phoenix club. As a community run club I believe player contracts should be open to scrutiny by all the trust supporters, and objections raised if someone spots a daft of dangerous clause, its obvious contracts at PFC have never been scrutinised for the 'what if' scenario, & never risk assessed, its just criminal. At this point ill break to the Community shield game at Wembley I wrote an article short afterwards in quite a few forums about a certain conversation that was overheard in the dining area of the royal box, The club was to be sold and asset stripped and was to be left to plunge down the leagues on a yearly basis until non league, the club fan base would be reduced until there was insufficient interest in the club to keep the land for sole football use, and thus the plot of land that was once PFC could be redeveloped and the last big profit made. We have all been taken for a ride, and I still think the fans that are left have blinkers on, its a pity, time will proved me wrong but I have got the last 3 years spot on so far. Football finances are like a pyramid scheme, the people at the top cream it by suckering fools at the bottom to part with their money, and they them high and dry without a penny of their investment. Take the new stadiums that we were always promised, smoke screen isnt the word for it, even when Tesco offered to build the new stadium for free, PFC turned it down, ill leave you to work out that one. If I am correct on Monday Portpin will announce they are no longer going to buy the club, The supporter trust similarly will announce that they cannot buy the club even as a liquidated asset shortly afterwards due to being unable to fund the league sanctions required to gain entry into the football league and PFC will be duly liquidated. I for one am looking forward to non league footie with crowds of 3 or 4000, and no league sanctions, it will be good to have a year off, cos PFC will be too late to go non league this season, so at least I get chance to watch H&W next season and give them a boost along with all the ex fans who want to see H&W make it into the conference premier. So long and thanks for all fish PFC .
20/07/2012 22:12:00
Know what you mean Rugster , I'm starting to feel quite detached from it all now.
21/07/2012 01:00:00
As depressing as your article sounds, Doggo, I agree with you and with Russellm; detached is the right word, if the season starts, it starts, if not I'll think of something else. After all these years it's a shame to feel like that but Pompey does that to you over time. Lets hope for the best but I expect the worst.
21/07/2012 10:49:00
E_T_P my thoughts exactly.
21/07/2012 13:17:00
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