According to the News Of The World, Sulaiman Al-Fahim has been sniffing around Portsmouth Football Club again but, as Mark Murphy reports, he has plenty else on his plate as well at the moment, though.
There are nine days until their big day in court, and Portsmouth are acting bullish. As they submit their statement of affairs to the court, though, what are the options available to the court if they can’t settle their tax debt in full?
As football sinks further and further into the financial mire, the official statements made by clubs themselves are becoming more and more odd, and more and more telling. Mark Murphy has been looking at some of these statements, and is less than convinced by them.
“In the future”, said Andy Warhol in 1968, “everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”. It is tempting to look at Portsmouth’s ownership record over the last year or so and arrive at the conclusion that they are trying some Warholian philosophy in their ownership policy, but the truth is somewhat more prosaic than this.
Their website was closed for non-payment, there have been threats of resignation from Peter Storrie & Avram Grant and more protests are planned. Is there any way out of the current mess for Portsmouth that won’t result in absolute, final meltdown for the club.
The game is starting to smell rotten from the inside out, and this smell is starting to become all-pervasive to the extent that even those that have been trying to avoid the smell or don’t have a particularly strong sense of smell are starting to notice it.
Coventry City vs Portsmouth in an FA Cup Third Round Replay tonight, live and exclusive on ITV4 – the full lethargy of the cup brought into sharp focus on a bitter night in the Midlands.