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Farewell then, Dr Sulaiman

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss? Sulaiman Al-Fahim overcame his kidney stones just in time to offload Portsmouth Football Club earlier this week, and Mark Murphy has managed to find the time to remind him not to allow the door smack him on the backside on the way out.

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October 8, 2009
Mark

Is The Portsmouth Crisis Deepening?

With Peter Storrie openly admitting that the money has run out, the players either getting paid late or not getting paid at all and Sulaiman Al Fahim now having apparently been admitted to hospital, the situation at Fratton Park seems to be unravelling with each passing day.

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October 2, 2009
Ian

The Ongoing Failure Of The Fit & Proper Persons Test

The “Fit & Proper Persons” test is supposed to weed undesirable types out from owning football clubs. Mark Murphy is less than convinced that it is doing its job properly, and he has some examples featuring names that you may be familiar with.

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September 29, 2009
Mark

Pompey Play Up

At first glance, Sulaiman Al-Fahim’s CV looks pretty impressive. Hold it up to any rigorous analysis, however, and it all starts to look a little more shaky. Mark Murphy is less than convinced.

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September 19, 2009
Mark

A Bad Week For The Sportswear Manufacturers

It never rains but pours for the SFA and the SPL. Having lost a considerable amount of money after the collapse of Setanta Sports earlier this summer, they now stand to lose out again after the collapse of the Italian sportswear company Diadora, who collapsed earlier this week with the loss of all of their…

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July 15, 2009
Ian

Nathan Dyer: Southampton & The Politics Of The Fire Sale

A couple of months ago, Southampton Leisure Holdings, the holding company which owns Southampton Football Club went into administration. There was a brief and ineffectual protest from Southampton FC based upon the argument that this particular holding company wasn’t the same as the football club, and that they shouldn’t, therefore, face any sanctions from the…

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May 29, 2009
Ian

ITV’s FA Cup Disgrace

It’s Wednesday night, and a taut Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool is deadlocked at 0-0. With three minutes to play in extra time and the possibility of the first ever competitive penalty shoot-out between the teams looming large, ITV suddenly and inexplicably cuts to an advert break. Down here on the south coast, the…

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February 5, 2009
Ian
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