Pompey trust happy to go on proving certain people wrong
By Site reporter
Wednesday 25 Sep 2013 22:16:00
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Pompey's Supporters' Trust says it is learning and developing all the time now it owns the football club. Chairman Ashley Brown, speaking after its annual meeting, said the successful bid to buy PFC had proved Balram Chainrai wrong - but he warned there was much hard work ahead.

 

It's nearly six months since the PST completed the purchase of the club from administratos after a deal with former owner Balram Chainrai was done in court.

Brown told the BBC: 'We've certainly proved Balram Chainrai wrong. We didn't fail through lack of money and anybody who witnessed any of the open meetings we have had over the past few months would recognise there is no in-fighting.

'We always believed it was possible but it became far more difficult than we expected it to be and that was due to some of the outside challenges we faced.

'Balram Chainrai always knew our bid was possible. He obviously tried to put some pressure on us in the press but at the end of the day he did a deal in court.

'I hope he looks back and thinks he did the right thing and passed the football club onto people who really care about it and will take it on in the future.'

'The PST is in a very healthy situation. It is also at a point of transition and evolution right now. The whole society does have to move forward and establish how we interact with the football club.

'Most supporters' trusts set out with the aim of potentially owning a small slice or large slice of a football club and very few get close to achieving that.

'We need to sit back, review the situation and see what else we should be doing. Should we be doing more community work? Then the other side is how best we work alongside the football club and interact with them and keep our members and shareholders informed.

'We have to become better at communication and more agile as an organisation.'

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