Greg Clarke: A Bit of A Dinlow Moment?

‘Dinlow’ is proper Pompey. It is used, often affectionately, to someone who has said or done something idiotic. If Greg Clarke has not been a ‘bit of a din’ in his statement regarding Portsmouth Football Club yesterday then he is guilty of being either over-simplistic or disingenuous, I feel. He certainly hasn’t helped the odds on the survival of the club. He has, very kindly, ‘warned Portsmouth he fears they are on the verge of liquidation,’ according to Sky Sports. Well, no sugar Sherlock! Down at Pompey we are wondering if Clarke has been residing on another planet for a while. ‘The debts at that club are immense, we are talking tens of millions of pounds,’ the erudite¬†Clarke continued. This the same erudite man on whose watch the FL passed the erstwhile Vladimir Antonov as a fit and proper owner for Portsmouth Football club; Antonov who was shot at by Chechens, refused a banking licence by the FSA, with whom General Motors would not trade and who now awaits extradition from the UK to face charges of alleged money laundering and fraud in Lithuania. Mr Clarke told the Government Enquiry into football governance in February last year that, ‘If I had to list the 10 things about football that keep me awake at night, it would be debt one to 10.’ Pompey fans could say the same. Mr Clarke...

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