|TOM YOUNG: Pompey looking forward to a brighter future|
Mon 19th Nov 2012 07:16 by Tom Young
That is what I thought as the Chimes Lounge begun to fill on Thursday 15th November. Admittedly I was surprised to be there and I doubt many of them had ever heard of my name but nonetheless most greeted me with a smile and some even a conversation.
As I arrived I instantly recognised some familiar faces, Mick Williams, Micah Hall and of course the one who invited me, Colin Farmery. After series of meets and greets the meeting started and it was clearly outlined that if the club is too have a future, it will be a bright one under the PST with quotes of “the start of creating the biggest community club” and “chance to see the future for all Pompey fans”. Quite simply the early stages of the conference emphasised the imminent possibility of Portsmouth Football Club quite possibly being on the verge of something truly special.
Iain McInnes, one of the men referred to as “High net investors” or “Presidents” spoke regularly during the Q&A session and gave some answers which in my opinion only brightened my emotions about the PST. When asked what the Trust’s aims were for the club he replied “We aim to make a success of the football club in a realistic fashion” and described doing it as a “coalition of faith”. Just what has been needed and wanted for many years now.
One of the main uncertain points about the PST’s bid seemed to be the pressing court case regarding the ownership of the ground and once again the panel were able to provide answers which were reassuring and positive by stating that the court case had been thought about and that finances had been reserved if necessary and I assume will now be used but the panel were also cautious on predicting the result of the court case which is fair enough as it avoids disappointment and an “egg on face” moment.
Of course Mr Chanrai popped up during the conference but his antics and tantrums seem to have ruined his chances of ever reclaiming control of his so called “beloved pompey”. His latest withdrawal was boring rather than a shock and just strengthened the PST’s bid but when Ian McInnes was asked about what he thought of Chanrai’s latest outburst, he in a very dignified manner just brushed aside the question and basically said “let him do what he wants to do and we’ll do what we want to do”.
Overall the conference was very encouraging but as it was stressed, there are plenty more hurdles to overcome and although the initial responses to the PST bid has been terrific and have got us into this momentous position a final push, added interest and optimism will be needed to get us and the PST over the line and to complete the takeover. It’s still a long road till completion but we have overcome many hurdles so far and us Pompey fans have proved over the last few years, we are not a bunch to be underestimated.
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