Pompey's new owner: I'm fit - and proper
By Site reporter
Thursday 04 Jun 2009 23:12:00
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Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim says he has no worries over the football authorities deciding he is fit and proper to own Pompey.

He says controversy over his real estate development company, Hydra Properties, will not affect his planned ownership of the club.

Al Fahim is beginning his period of due diligence on the club, and says the league have yet to contact him.

A group called Hydra Investors, which has 199 members, has been set up by disgruntled customers upset at issues including delays, rising prices, payment schedules and potential forfeiture regarding the 2,500-villa Hydra ­Village project in Dubai.

Al Fahim has reportedly moved to placate them by agreeing to postpone further payments until next year, reports The Guardian.

Asked if he if was worried about the situation, Al Fahim said: ‘No. We have no concern about that. All the properties will be done. We have no issue about this group and we intend to make them more happy. We are there to help everybody that we can.’

Dr Al Fahim played down potential objections from the Premier League.

‘Actually these are two different issues because (Portsmouth is being bought) by my personal company, my personal money and nothing to do with Hydra properties. At Hydra I work as a CEO of the company. The Portsmouth buy-out is with my personal money and investment.’

Asked if there has there been any ­contact from the Premier League, Al Fahim said: ‘No. Nothing.’

Dr Al Fahim is due in Portsmouth today to start looking at issues such as who he wants to be the manager – although he has played down talk of either Harry Redknapp or Sven Goran Eriksson getting the job.

What’s your view on the takeover? How high can Dr Al Fahim lift the Blues? Tell us on the forum.

 

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