Date:Wednesday September 19 2012
Another statement, in the wake of Pompey's latest defeat, was announced on Tuesday evening by Balram Chainrai's Portpin.
'Copying and pasting' large chunks of text is not liked but sometimes you have to, especially when a 'statement' is involved as this in its entirety has to be shared really.
So, with that in mind here is that statement in full...
Portpin have today revised their bid in response to the questions and comments received from The Football League regarding details of its bid proposal submitted last week, specifically regarding the level of debt being carried forward.
'It is a Portpin board level decision to address and incorporate the suggestions from The Football League to ensure that the club is well-capitalised and financially solvent from day one following acquisition, and remains so throughout the business plan forecast period over the next five years. This is the long-term vision of Portpin ownership, which it is prepared to support and fund.
'Balram Chainrai announced "We are committed to own Portsmouth Football Club and build it back up to its rightful place. This does not mean spending lavishly on short-term player contracts as the former owners did. It means stabilising the core business and rebuilding the club and its real estate so that it can trade on a financially secure footing."
'He went on to say "Do not judge us on our words but on our actions. Portpin is looking to take decisive steps to deliver this objective. We are offering a multi-million pound, multi-year overdraft facility to The Football League to give the business a cash flow safety net and ensure all unsecured and football creditors are paid. We are prepared to convert a materially significant amount of Portpin's debt into equity to further capitalise the new company. We are committed to ensuring that not one penny of the parachute payments will be taken out of the club but will be used to fund the business going forwards. We strongly believe that Fratton Park and the Club must stay together as one entity. There will be no cash drain for lease payments to a third party for the use of Fratton Park.
"As the senior secured creditor of Portsmouth Football Club (2010) Limited in administration as well as one of the largest creditors to the club, we categorically do not want to see the business stripped of its principal asset to fund the acquisition or the day to day running of the business. This will only end in tears. Sadly it has happened before to Portsmouth under previous ownerships. Four years on and we are still trying to unravel that tangled inherited real estate web and enable the club to own all of the pieces and put them back together again. This is the reason why we have been steadfast in saying no to all of the property developers and distressed capital funds who have approached us about buying the Portpin loan. Look at what happened to Crystal Palace when their ground was stripped from the club - or Coventry City. We have always stated that the only way forward for any club is to keep the stadium and the club under common ownership. Anything short of that would be fiscal suicide for the business.
"We believe Portsmouth is a fantastic football club with the most passionate supporters in the land and it deserves to be restored to its former glories. We want to work together with the supporters to make sure that Portsmouth never falls back into the financial black-hole of administration again. Our aim and commitment of capital is to put in place the foundations which are so desperately needed at our club. Our main objectives are:
- To make the club run on a sound financial base with realistic targets and objectives
- To ensure the Club is never put in this position again.
- To maintain ownership and rebuild the infrastructure of the club based on strong financial foundations - including our own training ground, a stadium fit for the future, and an academy to furnish our club with home-grown talent.
- To restore the community pride in Portsmouth Football Club - locally and nationally."
'Chainrai concluded by saying: "Portpin aims to successfully finalise its discussions with The Football League and PKF without delay so that the club can exit administration and move forwards as soon as possible. Under our ownership we intend to demonstrate the same heartfelt passion and support for the club that has been shown throughout by Michael Appleton, the players, the employees and all of the loyal fans of Portsmouth FC".'
Make of this what you will?
'Spinning a line' is something that comes to mind instantly for me, and a lot of huff and puff without too much substance of an entirely accurate nature is included, with it quite clearly once more looking to dismiss The PST's bid. But hey that is just me and I cannot - nor would I - attempt to claim to speak for others, it is up to people to make up their own mind on this...
One thing that I can quite safely say we can now 100% write off is any 'last ditch' move from SAF!
In cohesion with Chainrai or not, as some theories have put forward recently, this was never going to happen anyway was it; previous tells you this.
The guy (SAF) is deluded and if he was genuinely looking to mount a serious bid he would not be on a poxy safari holiday in Africa would he, he would be doing his utmost to tie up a bloody deal!
I know that personally I have little, to no, trust of Chainrai and feel that the best chance that this club has of building a long-term future is under a fans owned model (yep I agree perhaps this might not work, but I sure as hell know the fans would be wanting it to work!), although I am fearful now that not enough are buying into this and Portpin are beginning to turn the screw in their efforts to come back in and gain control once more of PFC.
Again, speaking personally, I think it will be a very sad day for PFC should Chainrai regain control of this club once again, another bleak one in a recent history littered with such days...
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Date:Wednesday September 19 2012
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