A SAF(e) bet?
As I have spent the majority of my life living in Abu Dhabi I thought it would be interesting to give an insight into what I know about our new owner - Dr SAF, as well as the general attitude of the way in which people of the country go about business dealings.
As I am sure is now common knowledge amongst Pompey fans Dr SAF is head of the Hydra Group, a business group that invests in real estate and alike throughout the country. Despite previous assumptions Dr SAF isn't part of the Arab royal family and as such is a self made man.
He is a good example of someone who has both helped along and taken advantage of the booming market in the Middle East, which, is turning into one of the most successful in recent memory.
From the Emirati's that I have come across throughout my 20 year stay in the country the locals do not like to be made to look as though they are being financially taken advantage of and dictated to. It is quite possible that this is why the Kalinic deal hit a snag with the players club wanting all the money up front, perhaps themselves assuming that the chairman's pockets are bottomless.
Nevertheless as I am sure you are all aware the Arab business men are more than capable of making the impossible, possible - I have myself witnessed the country emerge from a cloud of dust and desert into one with two seven star hotels, as well as the tallest building in the world due to be finished soon enough. If Dr SAF can emulate the countries advances with Portsmouth then I would be a very happy man.
In my opinion Sacha is ravaging the club; squeezing every last penny he can out of it for better or for worse, counting down to the day that he waves goodbye to the south coast for good, perhaps to sit on a newly bought island courtesy of Mr Storrie.
In short I think that a little faith in the good doctor may be on the cards as far as I am concerned, perhaps he is surveying the situation and making major changes come January. Because, quite basically, he must be aware that we are heading for the Championship if we play out the season in the same way the summer dealings have gone, and if that is the case then why would he not have bought out Mike Ashley and come up with Newcastle, rather than down with Pompey?
As far as my attitude goes to the whole affair I will be trusting SAF and his dealings, and waiting for the business mogul to come good on his word. Perhaps I am over optimistic but from what I have seen from Abu Dhabi and all it has accomplished nothing is impossible with an astute Arab business man at the helm.Written by portsmouthcityfc
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