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Chainrai and SOS Pompey: Alternative view



I'm writing in response to all of the recent coverage afforded in The News to the Pompey fan protests.

I would really like to know what people like Bob Beech should want to be happening at Fratton Park. He calls for Chainrai to 'just go' and for Lampitt to resign. If Chainrai were to leave and forgo collecting the millions he loaned the club to ensure its survival, then the club would fold very quickly. In addition: Don't forget that the club, through Chainrai, has agreed to pay back the creditors, who have already lost money, millions of pounds per year (in exchange for the club's survival).

The same goes for the call for Lampitt to resign. What do these fans think the club was trying to do in the transfer window? They were in negotiations with several players that Cotterill requested. We didn't end up securing these players but that is the state of the market, other clubs have more cash and the players didn't want to come. It is not for want of trying, there is no hidden agenda for Lampitt (previous head of integrity at the FA) to get the club relegated.

The raggedy group of thirty attention-hungry fans, chanting for the cameras do not represent the vast majority of the people who support the club. After all, a fan pays their money to watch the games that are played, nothing more. They do not have the right to demand to know such things as 'where the money has gone'. The answer to the money question is quite simple: It has been returned to those parties who loaned it to the club in the first place, with interest. Voicing such concerns and opinions would have been more effective if they had taken place during the club's previous poor management, not aimed at the current owner who tries to steady the ship.

Chainrai is not a media-courting figure such as previous owners. The fans have no right to expect him to be speaking to them. This he does through the person he employs to do so, i.e. the club's Chief Executive, Lampitt.

Perhaps somebody might then like to tell me:

What do they see happening if Chainrai 'just goes' and the club folds within a month?

Under what genuine business reasons should Lampitt resign? For not being able to afford the desired players in this time of tight FA scrutiny?

Where were these concerns during the real time of mismanagement?

Groups such as SOS Pompey should be applauded for speaking up for their views and organising themselves well. 'Releasing statements' or making publicity stunts that cater to the crisis club image that the media like to use are methods that should be better thought through and not implied that they represent anything more than a small percentage of the people of Portsmouth.

Written by Liquor&Poker.

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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    Writer: Liquor&Poker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Wednesday February 9 2011

    Time: 10:04AM

    Your Comments

    I agree with just about everything in this article. Unfortunately, having debated these points with members of SOS Pompey on other boards, I've come to the conclusion that reasoned argument is wasted on them. They claim 1300 members but less than 100 attended their demo. They are deluded enough to think that they alone were responsible for recent changes to the Premier League 'fit and proper' test and that their recent disiaster of a demo prompted Chanrai to make a statement. It barely made a ripple in Pompey, let alone the Far East. Despite repeated requests they have failed to suggest an alternative to the regime they are trying to remove. They bang on about being lied to but when challenged can't come up with any specifics that stand scrutiny. They also seem unable to grasp that no company is going to be completely open about it's actions, it would be madness from a business point of view. As if all this wasn't enough, it seems that a lot of them don't even attend Fratton Park as Chanrai is 'damaged goods mate'. Sadly this 'lower end of the food chain' thinking gets far more coverage than it deserves and only serves to tarnish the image of the club. It is manna from heaven for the lazy gutter journos and gives them an excuse to dust off the 'cash-strapped', 'crisis club' and 'pay up Pompey' headlines.
    Exgaffer
    not much else i can add really, completely agree with both of you. maybe we should start a a group against the SOS/ for lampitt et all, if for nothing else than to show they're not he voice of the supporters, i'm sure we'd get a lot more people as well lol
    pompeym@
    Yep agreed with all if the above, the reality is the massive majority of Pompey fans consider them naive or just simply pointless and irrelevant.
    russellm
    Also agree with all said above. 'Where were these concerns during the real time of mismanagement?' - heads in the sand springs to mind, success was the only driving factor.
    PFCblue
    I think most of us were guilty of not questioning the club's running while the success was rolling. The trouble is that fans want success and while this is coming we are trusting that the club is being run prudently according to sound financial accounting principles. The truth was that we got hit by two big problems: 1) the club's accounting department and financial directorship was appalling. 2) Sascha and the world of high finance hit their own problems and our 'wealthy benefactor' model could no longer continue. The key point now is that some fans (no names mentioned) still demand unfettered success and ostentatious owners DESPITE the fact that the club is in the very opposite financial position now (as a direct result of the overspending the fans seem to continue to expect!).
    Liquor&Poker
    I think most of us were guilty of not questioning the club's running while the success was rolling. The trouble is that fans want success and while this is coming we are trusting that the club is being run prudently according to sound financial accounting principles. The truth was that we got hit by two big problems: 1) the club's accounting department and financial directorship was appalling. 2) Sascha and the world of high finance hit their own problems and our 'wealthy benefactor' model could no longer continue. The key point now is that some fans (no names mentioned) still demand unfettered success and ostentatious owners DESPITE the fact that the club is in the very opposite financial position now (as a direct result of the overspending the fans seem to continue to expect!).
    Liquor&Poker
    gandor1
    Yep Liquor agreed, and the reality is if it wasn't for the UN causing France to seize the Gaydamak funds, nothing would have changed. Accept maybe Pompey would have been looking at a UEFA spot again sob sob aaarrrgghhh boo hoo :-(
    russellm
    Hooray...Im not alone in my support for BC, and am grateful that he has saved the club. Iam greatful he doid'ntjust flog iyt to teenagers and secret millionaires just recoup his money..i am glad he isnot bending the rules to pay Brown and Hughes wages thatwill un do the agreements with the league.. would some one cute with IT please send this article and comments to Messers Chanraii, Kushner and Lampitt...
    plymouth graham
    Whilst I am not exactly grateful to Chainrai (he took the club for his own gain, he didn't and doesn't consider me), I am nevertheless thankful that he has it and not the teenager from Manchester or wherever it was, with the bankrupt dad. I cannot believe that anyone would be calling for him or Lampitt to leave the club, they must be crackers. Re: Brown and Hughes, I feel sure that something could and should be done, just from a business point of view. Don't know enough about it tho, I suppose.
    gandor1
     

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