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Pompey crying out for immediate stability

Pompey crying out for immediate stability
June 3rd 2010; Portsmouth Football Club will cease to be a member of the Premiership and instead will be replaced by Blackpool. This will bring an inevitable end to seven eventful seasons in the top division and follows quickly on the heels of Avram Grant's resignation.

Avram Grant quickly bought into the emotional ties that inflict most that become associated with Pompey. There are players from many different places who have played for numerous clubs but if they include the one based in Frogmore Road then it is Portsmouth that invariably remains closest to their hearts. Difficult to explain but that's the way it is. There is something about Pompey - and Avram quite simply got it! For that reason, wherever he now goes in his career, he will have more than half an eye on the goings-on at Portsmouth. He will of course remain loyal and professional to whomever his employers may be but he knows and we know that the job that he really wanted was to finish that which he started at our club. Pompey is where he really wants to be but circumstances simply won't allow it.

But as inevitable as Avram's departure has been and as inevitable as Administration, Relegation and Papa Bouba Diop's failure to score has been, our club MUST now quickly regain some much needed stability.

Against a background of departing loanees and summer sales we are set for another couple of months watching our club being put through the blender. But despite all of that, the priority must be to swiftly resolve both the CVA issue and then the ownership before finding a suitable man to place at the helm and hopefully steady the ship. Milan Mandaric spoke in 2003 when he first bought the club out of administration and said that "this club must never have to go through this again". We, the fans, all cheered for it was precisely what we wanted to hear but here we are again, back at square one. Whether it's Rob Lloyd's man or somebody else, our new owner(s) whoever that may be will need to act quickly to reinforce the creaking foundations upon which Portsmouth Football Club is currently resting.

To Mr Andronikou I say that whatever criteria you use to measure whom should be best placed to take over our great club you must ensure that they are proper football people who offer genuine investment and a realistic, achievable and progressive business plan. We don't want money lenders or faceless people who don't even realise that a football is spherical; we've already had our share of those.

To the West Ham fans who dismiss Avram Grant's credentials as not good enough to be the manager of their club I say "don't". You are getting a man of great integrity, loyalty and honesty who will be fair to you if you offer him the same courtesy. But, if you decide you really don't want our Avram, we will happily take him back.

And finally, to Mr. Lloyd and anybody else out there who genuinely wants to buy Pompey and take it forward I say, "please hurry up". There are thousands of people waiting to support this football club. You must understand that owners aren't a particularly popular breed among Pompey fans right now and you will have to earn their respect and trust but they are 'in waiting' and ready to get behind their club in the way that they always have - 100%.

It's not a wealthy city - and you need to know that - but the football club means more to the people of Portsmouth than has been immediately obvious of late. And despite everything that they have had to tolerate their loyalty to the cause is unquestionable and second to none anywhere. And if you don't believe me, just ask Avram Grant.

Written by Dave_S139.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Thursday May 27 2010
Time: 8:31AM

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Heartfelt article to be sure but I think Dave_S criteria for owners has probably just ruled out both Lloyds consortia and Chan both of whom view the club as a business project. Indeed apart from the odd Russian or Sheikh ( erm; done them Dave) the majority of Clubs are owned by business people as a property venture or dare I say it- tax loss! These people loan money to clubs they don't give it, or they and the club pay a tax on it.
russellm
27/05/2010 09:00:00
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TBH Dave_S part of the above article seems like a rehash of the recent SOS Pompey " demands" that were discounted as nice but not realistic by most comments on the net; even in the news. Is there any link between your article and the SOS Pompey open evening?
russellm
27/05/2010 10:31:00
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I agree with Russell, nobody nowadays just throws his money at any club. It will always be a business venture whereby the investor will at least get his money back, if not also taking a profit. Unfortunately we don't seem to be able to attract investors who 'buy into the emotional ties', but I guess that's the difference when it's your money that's going down the pan. Fans are very good at telling owners what they should do with their money, but don't back it up by filling FP every home game. Too often it's a case of 'spend your money but you're not having mine'. Dave you'd be better concentrating on getting 'fans' to FP to help fill the coffers than worrying about how a new owner is going to spend his money.
PFCblue
27/05/2010 11:20:00
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PFCblue : I think a part of getting fans into FP is to achieve such stability from the top down. There is only so much that your average fan can do other than support their club. russellm : No link whatsoever between the article and the SOS Pompey open evening. And as far as people (owners) wanting a return on their money. I'm not suggesting that somebody you should just throw money at the club; that isn't going to happen but we need somebody prepared to take one of the few remaining clubs that has the potential that Pompey has to build it up from the bottom. This includes infrastructure (Stadium, Training Ground, Management organisation) as well as developing the playing staff. I don't see anything far fetched about somebody having a business plan to invest £xxM and, if it's successful, walking away with £xxxM. The next owner doesn't even have to have a plan to do it all but there are strategies that should allow somebody with the right money and contacts to put money into for example the new training facilities. If they did only that and then sold the club on they could achieve a good return on their "investment". Then, the next owner with a similar philosophy could attack another part of the overall project and do similar. Better still; we find somebody prepared to have a go at doing everything and reaping the rewards from raising the profile and asset value of the entire club. If you are saying that the people that own football clubs are all money lenders then I'm not disagreeing with you (although some of the owners may) but if Pompey attract simply another money lender - somebody who wants to lend as much as they have and take an interest revenue on it - then it will become a cycle and we will move forward for a while before going through exactly what we have experienced recently. Failing that, we stand still or go backwards.
Dave_S139
27/05/2010 13:21:00
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