Lever 'deserves chance' - but is stunned at Pompey fans' backlash
By Site reporter
Sunday 29 Aug 2010 20:20:00
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Pompey fans have been urged not to be so cynical about Tom Lever’s attempts to take over the club.

The 21-year-old from Manchester is said to be ‘reeling’ over some of the comments aimed at him by Blues fans on internet messageboards. Now Neil Allen, chief sports writer for The News, says it’s time he was given a chance.


Writing in his Allen’s Insight column in the Sports Mail, Allen says he can’t work out why fans are less convinced by a Lever buyout than they are by the prospect of Balram Chainrai taking over the reins again.

Allen wrote: ‘The simple truth is that no other interested party has managed to progress as far in negotiations since the club slumped into administration back in February as Lever. Not even Rob Lloyd.

‘That hasn’t stopped Lever, however, becoming a joke figure and someone to be ridiculed and humiliated in some people’s eyes.’

Allen said Chainrai seemed ‘a darn sight more popular’ than Lever and added: ‘Such has been the extent of the web-based backlash, the Manchester entrepreneur has been left reeling.

‘Of course Pompey fans have every reason to distrust the latest candidate to control their beloved football club. They have been let down too many times in the past, force-fed too many glib statements, had too many sham promises rammed down their throat.

‘A latest white knight on his charger is bound to have his shining armour vigorously rubbed and scrubbed to see whether it is the real deal.

‘Yet the extent of skepticism towards Lever has surely rocketed off the scale to the point where he no longer reads web comments. The fact remains: he wants to invest in this football club, he has a passion for football and he has an exciting vision.

‘Stopping short of perusing his bank statements and quizzing his accountants, nobody can say for sure how rich Lever is. What is certain, however, is he is wealthy.’

Allen said when he met Lever at a motorway service station, he spoke with authority.

He added: ‘Yes there is still a long way to go. And a 21-year-old in charge of Pompey may, in fact, turn out to be as ridiculous as it sounds. But at a time when this club is in dire need of a saviour, a chance is the least Tom Lever deserves.’

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