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A SAF(e) bet?

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.

The views within this article are the views of the individual who wrote and submitted this piece, sometimes solely theirs. They are not necessarily shared by the Vital Pompey Site Journalists.

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Date:Monday August 3 2009
Time: 9:56PM

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Fair points City and a good insight too .. but I can't help thinking 'Pride before a fall' with regard to the Kalinic .. Are we gonna see good players lost because of the way Arabs conduct their business ?
03/08/2009 22:17:00
doom and gloom all of it, the spine of our team is just fine all that we need is a litle bit pace uprfont, and 1 or 2 centre mids
03/08/2009 22:24:00
City, great article lets hope your insight proves to be true.
L L Blue
03/08/2009 22:39:00
Call me old fashioned PJoe, but surely the spine is the striker, Centre Mid, Centre back and keeper?
03/08/2009 22:46:00
Excellent, intelligent article, PCFC, and one that's calmed me down a bit. I just hope that, come January, the situation is recoverable and that we are not the relegation certainties of 'bottom club at Christmas'.
03/08/2009 23:02:00
Yes, a very good article, and may I say much needed at this present time to give a little hope. As you say, he's obviously an astute business man, and wouldn't have gone into this venture without a plan. The sooner he takes overall charge the better for PFC .
03/08/2009 23:19:00
i agree cornypomp
04/08/2009 00:22:00
Dr. SaF seems to take things with the pace needed. He does not seem to rush anything, and maybe we are in for great things in the coming months and we just do not know just yet. Great article, well written.
Pompey Malta
04/08/2009 00:49:00
A good read pcfc - congrats. Like everyone here, hope you're right, but to rely on drastic changes in January to keep us up may be folly. As it now stands, we'll be too far behind the 8 ball by then. SAF simply must push the deal through in the next week or so and get some money flowing, or he might just as well have bought NUFC.
04/08/2009 00:58:00
Great article, let's hope it all comes to fruition and happens before the club slip into the Championship.
04/08/2009 04:29:00
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