Yesterday we finally heard the news we’ve all been waiting for.
Portsmouth and PKF administrator, Trevor Birch, announced that the preferred bidder for the takeover of Portsmouth Football Club is our very own Pompey Supporters’ Trust.
For those doubters out there who said we couldn’t do it, and those who opted for the easy option of letting Chainrai, Al-Fahim or some other foreign owner ruin our club again, this time is coming where the club can soon be ours.
I, for one, am very pleased that the PST (Pompey Supporters’ Trust) could be getting the green light very soon. I have made my pledge since Day One of the bid and after months of wondering whether I will be able to buy a share in the club I love so very much so that we can have a say on how things are done, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel.
Obviously there is still along way to go for the takeover and the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, first of all the prospectuses that have been promised will need to be sent out to those that have pledged, and fans will need to front up the rest of their £900 pledge.
The PST released the following statement on their website last night:
“The Pompey Supporters’ Trust (PST) moved one step closer to receiving ownership of the city’s football club, following an announcement by the club’s administrators, PKF, that they are the preferred bidder.
The PST’s core aim throughout the process has been to create Britain’s largest community club and allow the fans to take control of the club’s destiny, protecting the legacy for generations to come. Thanks to the fans, that have pledged their support in their thousands, this vision may now become a reality.
Iain McInnes, proposed Chairman of Portsmouth FC under the PST bid, said: “We are energised that our bid, by the fans and for the fans, has been preferred by the club’s administrators. Although there remains a huge amount of work to be done to ensure the right outcome for the club, we are confident we will succeed.
“We believe our bid is realistic and credible, which is a view shared by the administrator. We will be working closely with Trevor Birch and his team in the coming days and weeks to ensure our bid will meet all legal and financial requirements.”
Ashley Brown, Chairman of the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, added: “This is a pivotal moment in the history of Portsmouth Football Club, but also to the wider footballing world. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the fans for their continued support of the bid and of the club throughout this process, and for believing in what a true community club can offer.
“Pompey has long been renowned as a pioneering club and this decision keeps that tradition alive. While we look to support this off the pitch, we encouraging fans to ‘Pack the Park’ this weekend and show Michael Appleton and his players the support they so rightly deserve on the pitch.
“There is a lot of work to be done, but the PST’s ethos is clear: run the club both transparently and honestly, with the fans at the heart of Portsmouth FC. The PST believes this new club model is the future of sustainable football ownership in The Football League.”
The PST will be announcing the final stage of its share prospectus and this will be sent to all fans who have previously pledged.”
You heard Ashley – now get down to Fratton Park and PACK THE PARK!