Chainrai and Kushnir show their Pompey hand - but what do you think?
By Site reporter
Monday 16 Aug 2010 23:02:00
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Pompey fans are giving a cautious response to Balram Chainrai and Levi Kushnir’s pledges and plans for the Blues.

The pair have given a detail interview to The News – itself a bigger step forward than one or two previous custodians have chosen to take – but few supporters seem to be getting arried away on a tide of optimism.


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A number of fans fear it is déjà vu and that they’ve heard similar ‘we’re here because we want to be’ interviews from Sulaiman Al Fahim, representatives of Ali Al Faraj and others.

Others say Chainrai and Kushnir must at least be given a chance.

The duo told The News’ editor Mark Waldron they were here to bring much-needed stability to the club.

The business partners claim they were reluctantly sucked into the financial meltdown of the club, have had sleepness nights and are hurt by verbal attacks thrown at them.

Chainrai said: 'Our message to fans is to keep on supporting your team. This is the time they need it. We are restructuring and rebuilding for a better future. We will not let you down.'

Mr Kushnir added: 'The fans' support is the fuel for success. They went through the tough times – now they need to keep on supporting their new team who can take the club to excellent heights.'

The News says there is no ‘rash talk’ about big money being invested – just the need for decisions on how to take the club forward. They want to work closely with Steve Cotterill – a hint perhaps that some transfer funds could be forthcoming.

Mr Kushnir said: 'We are here to stabilise the club – to keep Portsmouth Football Club secure and reconstruct it with Mr Lampitt and Mr Cotterill. We got through the hard times to reach where we got to on Friday. It's not the end of the story but there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

'We have pulled the club from the intensive care unit. We have disconnected some of the tubes. Now we are starting the rehabilitation.'

'This club needs stability, integrity and 100 per cent transparency. Every penny needs to be accounted for. Everything from the beer to chewing gum. Owners were putting a lot of money in but this may not have been spent wisely. Most of the money went to players and agents. The wage bill made up 96 per cent of the costs.'

Chainrai said: 'We have had sleepless nights over the football club. We have nearly lost our families. We have had nightmares. If we are going to pump in money and people continue to bitch then you sometimes think "why bother?"

'But we will not let the fans down. Come and support your team – not us. It's your fight. It's not about us. We are simply the doctors.'

Mr Kushnir added: 'Fans have talked about the club being asset stripped. But there was nothing to strip, everything was pledged. We are private people – until we got hit by the Portsmouth lightning.

'We could have walked away. But we will share the problems together. And we will share the good times together. We have a business plan based on staying in the Championship – but we are happy to go back to the Premier League.'

Chainrai added: 'I am starting to fall in love with the club. It's growing on me.'

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