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What sold Pompey to Dr. Dosh?



Well it's been over 48 hours since the news broke that Dr. Dosh is to become the new owner of Pompey and although we have only actually seen two 'official' pieces of information (the club statement and the Doc's interview) we have witnessed endless streams of text and diatribe from a myriad of different newspapers, websites and TV reporters around the World. Each of them 'suggesting this' and 'suggesting that' and offering their two penneth on where our millions are going to be spent.

Of course everybody has a point of view at a time like this and with no facts to work with it's a great time to speculate as nobody can actually claim somebody else is wrong! It's just opinion and each of us is entitled to our own as much as the next man or woman.

After a while however, the same old theories and conjecture get recycled over and over and over again to such an extent that I actually get bored of reading them. There is, after all only so much you can do with the fact that Pompey appear to be getting a new owner who is considerably richer than all of us put together.

So I decided to write about something different, but didn't know what. Then, it occurred to me.

As I was pondering how to break 'the ever increasing circle of speculation' I suddenly realised that the man that made all this possible; Uncle Peter Storrie must have, at some point, had to 'sell' Pompey to the Doc… Just think about that for a minute..

We are talking about convincing an extremely wealthy bloke (and his mates) to put up in the region of £60m to take on a club carrying a huge debt, a squad of (mostly) under-performing players (some of whom want out), a crumbling stadium with the lowest capacity in the Premiership (albeit with a development pending), an un-started training ground development, and a 'pie in the sky' idea for a new ground to host Olympic football should Captain Beckham and his cronies convince the people in power that England could host such an event.

OK, so I've focussed on the negatives a little, but it still begs the question "What was it that made the Doc sign on the dotted line?"

Some articles I've read in the past couple of days suggest he liked the look of Gunwharf, other reports state that he was impressed by the fact that we were situated by the sea, some went as far as to hypothesize that the Spinnaker Tower reminded him of the Burj Al Arab: That seven star hotel in Dubai. What utter tosh! Are we really that stupid to believe anybody would invest upwards of £60m+ because they admired some architecture !

The thing that sold Pompey to the Arabs was us. The fans, supporters and followers of Portsmouth Football Club and I'll explain why.

Sure the 'potential' for our little club to upstage the 'Wealthy Four' would have been an attraction. True also, that a model of the new training ground would have been impressive to play-with, as would have been a cardboard mock-up of the new stadium on Horsea Island (or wherever it is this week), but those things do not make us stand out from the rest. Plenty of clubs need further development.

So what was our Unique Selling Point? If you think about it hard enough it is obvious and soon you'll see why.

If YOU were in the market to buy a football club and were sitting through a video at a sales presentation the thing that would make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, the thing that would stir your emotions more than anything else would be the sight of 200,000 people on Southsea Common welcoming home a cup winning team or the noise of 20,000 people inside a packed Fratton singing 'Tony Adams (bless him) Blue Army' for half an hour non stop . Wouldn't you think … "Now THERE is untapped potential. These fans turn out in numbers and are truly passionate"

We very often beret ourselves at the fact that Fratton Park is not as noisy at it once was and that we should get behind the team more (which of course we should) but if any one of us had to conduct a presentation on the potential of Pompey FC would we not show footage of the very things I've mentioned - I'll answer that for you … Of course we would!

Given the Doc's comment "Portsmouth has incredible history, and its fans are some of the most loyal in the world of football" I have no doubt whatsoever that he has been sold an image of the most passionate, most loyal and most noisy set of supporters in England filling a new stadium. I can just see it now…

Uncle Peter steps forward and says "The thing is your 'Doctorship Highness Important one' we can only accommodate 10% of the people on the Common in our current location. Imagine what noise 40,000 would make in a new purpose built stadium"

Sure, Premiership survival was key to the deal being actually signed but why was there a deal there in the first place and why having looked at other 'small' clubs such as Spurs and Newcastle did he pick us?

To me the answer is obvious. Survival was a pre-requisite, the status of our Academy a benefit, the new stadium an investment opportunity but we, the heart and soul, the pride and passion even the heartbeat of the club were the USP.

So be prepared to show your pride, be ready to demonstrate your passion and above all gear up for the most dynamic change ever in the history of PFC. It is down to us - Let's all enjoy it

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The Journalist

Writer: Chix Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 29 2009

Time: 6:53PM

Your Comments

So there you have it, I’ve made my point and in doing so have given each and every Pompey fan the right to stand up and give him or her self a huge pat on the back. …just as long as they reserve one for Uncle Peter… After all it was he who represented us !
Chix
Good original article; interesting points but being a cynic I think it is more to do with the fact that he is a property investor, opportunities for his business man coinvestors will earn him more revenue. Not to mention sasha cut his share option value to improve the offer. But of course it may not be down to his PR advisers he may just want the adulation of this countries greatest fans
russellm
Fair shout Russ but the property investor bit worries me .. I can see that the opportunity to 'build' is there but surely you don't realise the investment until it is 'sold' ... So if he is in it for the long term .. Which he seems to imply ... Surely the only way to make a return is to fill the 'property' with passionate fans, who (as you say) will adore him (well his dosh anyway !) - All that said I know nothing about property development other than how do paint a ceiling ;) So you could well be right
Chix
my first comment since the doctor kindly stepped in. lets face it. im out of a job being the pessimist. so here goes, he chose us because newcastle went down. i bet all the money i have he would have bought them if they had stayed up. what we have though is potential. he could potentially build two stadiums and the training pitch, and we could only be mid table fodder and he would still make a killing. what i do like about this bloke is that he is PASSIONATE about football, and he is making the right noises so far! it just seems wierd that "lil ol pompey" has cash written all over it. and at this time southampton are going to be owned by matt le tissier ... LOL!
pompey--pessimist
sascha is a property invester, al fahim is a property invester. who says they arn't just good friends? :-)
pompeycarpet
as for potential - I hate that word - every club has potential. you pump £3 billion into it, and it will do well. spurs have potential - they want a new ground, and traing facilities, why not go for them? What abour Burnley? they've walked into the premiership having had a series of impressive cup runs. they have potential. Every club has potential.
pompeycarpet
personaly, what I think sold us to him, is that we are a CHALLENGE. we need more done to us than most, and if this guy wants a bit of recognition, he will get a hell of a lot more taking lowly pompey to the champions league, than taking newcastle, birmingham, villa...etc there.
pompeycarpet
oh, and Hampshire is a vaguely nice place to be in, unlike... other places.
pompeycarpet
Pessimist oh how you must be struggling now (lol) still the deal has not been ratified yet so perhaps we should exercise a bit of caution but I,m not conb=vinced he sold us because the Zebras when down, Ashley would be too proud to sell. I do agree that he seems enthused by the prospect of taking over and I was impressed with what he said in his interview.. but we have gotta feel bad for Scummers haven't we .. nah


Carps I'm sure if Sasha and the Doc were mates we'd have heard about him well before now. As for the word 'potential' I think you're right but every dog has its day and today we (appear to be) the dog, so let's enjoy it.. also if every club has potential why then did he pick us .. other than for the reasons I've stated.. oh 'the challenge' yep that's a fair shout but surely there are some clubs that are more of a challenge than us.. then again perhaps not in the Premiership. As for Pompey in the Champions League well we can but dream..
Chix
I was trying to think this one through. I think the first thing he probably looked at was "who's for sale" - that would be us, and west ham in the premiership... so then it would come down to which team is more of a chalenge/would look better/more funny if it did well. And that would be pompey all the way! (oh, and we have less depbts, cost less, have a better squad, he has the freedom to pick a manager...etc.).
pompeycarpet
I think it's fair to say that Newcastle might well have been an attractive option had they not gone down apart from the fact that Pompey has got greater potential for development, esp. the ground, and for international people, being close to London is attractive.
hammersmithblue
Well there are a lot of folk saying the same things ive been thinking. Newcastle is also by the sea is'nt it? so ...I have also thought that we may well have benefited from their relegation. Any way to my real point...t the Arabian news fella the TV and radio always call out said on sky and talk sport The Dr had in reality enquired about a £700m purchase of Chelsea ..but was knocked back/or chose not to because the scope of investment was limited ie they could only grow CFC by 5 to 10%, and their initial outlay may not be worth the risk, whereas with PFC....the outlay was very low, around one tenth of the CFC proposal, but the potential for increase=profit was massive. Think of it this way. If you had a spare £15, would you back CFC for the title at say 3/15 ( lay out 15 to win 3) or back Pompey to merely qualify for the champions league at 100/1- ( THATS £1500 profit) The Consortium know they have enough money to seriously consider purchasing CFC for £700m + future player purchases of the standard they were used to buying for Champions league-( we are not talking Basinas and Mullins here). A quote for this same fella last year when the City deal broke that I clearly recall on sky was That The Dr was absolutely amazed That CFC had “only spent £500m and had said is that all?” So with this in mind, imagine.. 5 years time Pompey in a new stadium with the size and kudos of CFC currently have....what would your profit margins be then, compared to the initial out lay? Not to mention all the luxury flats and houses in a nice seaside bit of real estate, built in the recession and sold in the next boom. This I firmly believe was Sacha’s vision but he ran out of dosh..
plymouth graham
chix.. i didnt mean to sound as if i disagree withthe article, but his comments about fans and players could as easlily ..and more realistically be aimed at Zebra'a. but a great article mate.
plymouth graham
i think you looked better in the purple chix XD. oh but on a more serious note great article and i think you could be right and carpets shout on a challenge also sounds pretty good if ya ask me. but after reading plymouths wall o text i thik i've got agree with that, it makes the most logical sense, the mans rich for a reason and i could easily believe he's in this for the amount of money he could possibly make of PFC. but as long as he's willing to plow money in over a longish period and get the new stadium etc and give us alot more stability then i don't really think i care about his motives. although it would be nice if he truely was passionate about pompey but you can't have everything lol
pompeym@
I gota agree... plymoth graham wins the competiion for the most likely reason for choosing pompey over other clubs... (although it doesn't explain why he didn't go for burnly...)
pompeycarpet
i Sascha soon became hooked and to his credit refused to sell to cowboys ansd vultures, and waited for a genuine geezer. My One big concern is WIMBLEDON. You what i hear you say, what i mean is a rich guy repackaging relocating renaming.Then theres nothing left. play up dubai blues, dubai blues play up.etc etc etc
plymouth graham
It was our logo that sold him on the club. It won't be tough marketing a team with a trade marked arabic crescent as a logo to fans in places like Dubai and elsewhere in the middle east.
Toronto4Pompey
or maybe the name... same as a "great" roman emporor
pompeycarpet
*actually, he was an Imperator, and he was also romes first ever leader (acording to my list)... but that's just being pedantic
pompeycarpet
why is everyone praising plymouth on this ... i originally said he would make a killing off us ... maybe i cant express myself better than him but i got the point out first LOL =)
pompey--pessimist
Read Toast on Sunday for a different angle. Mind you I am very impressed with Chix's view - fantastic stuff as always. But has he met the buyer? Wait til Sunday.
eastneydave
Actually Pompey was part of a triumvirate with Caesar and Crassus. Crassus was the one who crucified the slaves on the road to Rome after the Spartacus revolt.
Lemmi
typical, whenever pompey's involved some one get crucified.
plymouth graham
I think it all came down to the Milan game, he probably watched it on the tele and thought "what the bloody heck is goin on here then", well in his Arab accent..
nodster
I knew when I first heard that ManC had been sold to Arabs that another one would be along shortly to buy another club. What I did not dare dream was that it would be us! Arab men are like little kids, they don't really grow up and if little Ahmed down the road has a football club then little Ali up the road wants one as well. Why he chose Pompey? From what I undrstand of Arabs, it will have nothing to do with the fans. In my opinion, it was cheap and it will turn a profit. Fullstop. There is no sentiment in business in the Arab phsyche. My father in law worked in Bagdad for 20 years and all he said of them was: If you shake hands with an Arab, count your fingers afterwards. Having worked closely in the same industry for many years with Arabs, I would concur. Don't get me wrong, they are wonderful, charming people - one of my best friends is an Arab, and if I was in trouble he would be the first person I would go to for help. But do business with him? Forget it! We can't possibly know why Dr Dosh bought Pompey - only time will tell. Or maybe we can get Laurence of Arabia to have a chat with him?
Gandor1
Wow.. A truckload of comments.. so where to start..HSB I can see where you come from on the Newcastle point of view but I remain convinced that Mike Ashley just wouldn't sell - He's a man of pride and had they had stayed up he would want to put things right hinself I'm sure .. That said now they are relegated he just might want to (lol)


Ply Gra You're at it again with the betting odd and I'm sure you do it on purpose knowing that I don't understand them ;) but yeah a very good shout on the Chelsea angle ... but the comment about my fans comments being 'more realistically applied to Newcastle .. I'm really upset about (lol) Are you a Barcode in disguise ??


Pompeym@ I'm back in purple for you my friend and love the comment that 'you don't really care about his motives' .. to be honest nor do I as long as Pompey get the money and we can be finacially secure... him being passionate is a bonus I guess


Toronto A very good shout about the Star and Crescent I'm sure that had some part to play as well


Eastneydave I will, as always look forward to Toast and although I can't claim to have met the guy (yet) Mrs Chix & I honeymooned in the very hotel where the deal was struck See.. I told you I was loaded .. I'm serious as well .. about the hotel bit .. not the loaded bit unfortunatlely..


Lemmi & Carps I'll leave the history of the Roman Empire to you too to sort out !


Nodster I'm not sure what the Arabic for '"what the bloody heck is goin on here then?' is but I reckon, as I said in the article that you are right..


Finally (for now) Gandor I love your quotes and can just imagine little Ahmed and little Ali.. I hope Peter Storrie has checked his fingers in the last couple of days !


Anymore for anymore..
Chix
plymouth Graham makes a lot of good points, but after my recent trip, the legend of fantastic geordie fans is just a legend. Also Newcastle's not on the sea, its on the Tyne river which leads into the sea a few miles along. I don't know why Dr Dosh chose us, I guess we fit his model well of a smallish club he can develop, and last season's success shows it can be done. And we stayed up. And we have fabulous fans. I had seriously been considering trying to write to Richard Branson to convince him to consider buying Pompey (no need now). I was going to push the passion of the Pompey fans and send a link to the Milan game. So maybe it helped?
tracyc
thanks tracy, i have to admit the last time i went St James the codes had Keegan and Waddle playing for them...4-0,or 4-1 it was...horrible cold place with an uncovered end for us, and loads of screaming geordies in black and white kilts...so for ypou and chix retract. someone did mention why he didnt buy burley...we won the cup last year so have a bigger name on the world scene...We must NEVER forget Sascha and milan
plymouth graham
Tracy I would have loved to have seen a letter to Branson .. I wonder what response you would have got ?.. Funny if he wrote back saying.. Ok Trace.. Why not! (lol)


Ply Gra I'm on holiday for a couple of weeks from tomorrow.. fancy being the 'voice of reason' while I'm gone ?... Not sure I understand the 'kilts and retract' but completely agree about Sasha and Milan.. we must never forget what they have done for this club... All hail PREKI I say ..
Chix
Lots of great points. Personally, I don't care why, just glad he has. Yes we have massive potential for someone with deep pockets. Let's enjoy it & don't over analyse it.
storagematt
Storagematt It's funny that you mention not to over-analyse it as it's so difficult not too.. I was loking at a poll only yesterday that suggested that 92% of Pompey fans thought the takeover was a good idea whereas 33% of the reamining 8% thought it would be better of if we were taken over by an American. Interestingly 25% of the remaining 67% of the 8% who didn't think it was lived in Hilsea whereas 76% of the 92% that did lived in the PO3 postcode area demographic... STOP CHIX STOP
Chix
...actually chix, I find that quite intrsting. It's very easy to overlook minor details in things like that, that can actually be very significant.
pompeycarpet
You guys want to know why he picked portsmouth. Tottenham - NOT FOR SALE and Newcastle-RELEGATED LAST WEEKEND
Yid_from_India
AS SIMPLE AS THAT
Yid_from_India
Yid, you seem to have a 'strange' concept on how football works these days? everyone - player wise, including lennon as discussed before and club wise 'has a price', money talks and if you speak loud enough that win 'as simple as that'...
i have no doubt that pompey were chosen as we were 'the cheap option', for what it costs to buy us, clear debts, build training ground, stadium and what have you it still works out at a bargain compared to what it would have cost to by the likes of newcastle, west ham and spurs - all of whom have most of these structure in place... the long-term rewards financially could, if we do things right, be much more rewarding with pompey so a business point of view, which lets be honest this is, we are a really good option... no doubt, as with everyone that comes into contact with this club some genuine feeling, perhaps even love for it, will be found by the doc, or - as maybe well be the case - the richmen that he brings in, its not a shoe-in that he will stick around, word i get is that 'maybe' he is just fronting things a la the citeh thing and then he moves aside for others, but others that have large amounts of cash too...
pompeyrug
True,Pompyrug, if you build a new stadim you could generate good Revenue as you have decent number of fans. He obviously chose you because you had good poential. Spurs are not for sale and he would have been stupid if he had purchased Newcastle as i am pretty sure they are going the way of Leeds.If the rumours are to be believed then he chose you before West ham although they are based in london. Only time will tell if he made the right decision. one thing is for sure though, if he backs you with lot of money this summer, the league would be a hell of a lot more Exciting next season.
Yid_from_India
hey Yid FI, It is well documented that Abramovic looked at Spurs before chelsea, but the board turned him down..."Not for sale" they probably wrote on the fax...maybe they added "we suggest you try a smaller club like chelsea, i hear they could be bought quite cheap as Mr Bates is having financial difficulties, Good luck, we feel that chelsea have some real potential and could possible achieve a top 10 position and the odd cup run"....."As for the mighty Spurs, sorry not for sale"
plymouth graham
plymonth ,when abramovic looked at spurs, we might have been for sale. I am not sure. But are not now. levy has already turned down a couple of suger daddy billionaries. A new 60,000 seater and a training ground is under construction now and it is a long term project and hence Levy has made it clear that he will not Sell Tottenham
Yid_from_India
oh dea lets try and not turn this into a flame war shall we ladies
pompeym@
clearly i think we also just need to again 'agree to disagree' on this aswell Yid_from_India, and everyone else methinks...
we could end up going round he houses all day long and not really get anywhere on this one aswell guys!
pompeyrug
what amount of money do you guys think, will be made available for you in this window? near the range of 70-80 million or about 30-50 million?
Yid_from_India
Just Curious
Yid_from_India
i honestly do not know and have not even thought about it that much - just getting this takeover to secure our future, being able to 'hopefully' retain assets and bring in a manager is what im focusing on tbh...
no doubt whatever the amount is, it will be less that spurs will be given ;-) lol! im only joking...
pompeyrug
What will be your Aim this season? Top 4 or just European football. how much money do you think is necessary for Achieving that Aim.
Yid_from_India
I don't think we have any idea how much money we will have to spend, becuase we don't actually know how rich the guys buying us are! For all I know, we could spend nothing, or 100million... and our aims for next season will be entirlly dependannt on that. although they will certainly be no higher than a UEFA cup place.
pompeycarpet
I think first and foremost this gives us time, and that is a very precious commodity. Too many people thse days want instant success, in whatever field, so it will be good to consolidate and build one step at a time. As stated on this site numerous times, sort out the stadium and the traing facilities, make players want to come here and play, not just because of the money, players who come here and want to stay. Chix summed it up when syaing get Linvoy to show new players round show them the club, it's history and it's passion. There are years of hard work behind an overnight sucess, especially to sustain it.
Lemmi
To True Lemmi .. I did say that and firmly beliueve that should be his role... Must be quiet on Vital Spurs at the mo ;)
Chix
 

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