Will Pompey’s heavens shine any light on our latest ‘saviour’?

Joseph Cala
Joseph Cala
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Heaven’s light is our guide around Portsmouth way.

That, we all know, is the city’s motto, and we could do with some of that light being shone on Joseph Cala to explain exactly what is going on in the world of Pompey’s latest ‘saviour’.

Maybe, it’s only those heavens that know what is happening when it comes to the American-Sicilian businessman.

Cala last week emerged as the front-runner to take over the club following the demise of Convers Sports Initiatives.

The 50-year-old revealed his interest in buying Pompey in The News in an extensive interview, with more details emerging as the week rolled on.

Cala has pledged to turn the Blues into a world powerhouse, no less, with designs on breaking into the Premier League’s top four.

You could feel a collective royal blue rolling of the eyes at that one amid the guffaws.

Mr Cala certainly has some grand plans for the club once he gets his feet under the table.

After using the personal 100m euro fortune he claims to have to wipe out the club’s debts, he will float Pompey on the New York Stock Exchange.

Of course, with countless reasons to invest in the Blues, the club will soon be flush with finance off the back of that move.

Or, maybe, they could go the way of 24 of the 25 UK clubs professor of business history at University of Leicester, Tony Arnold, knew had failed to yield an improved price after becoming a public company.

Pompey’s assets lie in its support and potential, but they hardly have a tangible financial value, and, I would guess, be unattractive to the average Wall Street trader.

Speaking of grand plans, Cala’s vision for an ‘undersea resort’ gives further cause for concern on whether the Italian can deliver.

On a website which looks like a teenager’s GCSE project gone wrong, Cala outlines his plans to sell his cruise ships for $600m a piece.

Cala is proclaimed as a ‘visionary’ on the site and his ships will deliver ‘a change so dramatic that it will be compared to the Wright Brothers and the birth of aviation’.

As of today, the world is still waiting for the floating city revolution.

Details on Cala’s business background appear to be sketchy, with an absence of the kind of business footprint left by someone with the CV he claims.

Pompey Supporters’ Trust have promised they will continue to do their good work and investigate Cala. Their findings will be eagerly anticipated – if they are needed.

In the meantime, we are all waiting with bated breath after Cala’s threat to pull out of negotiations if a deal isn’t completed this week.

Takeover hardened Blues fans will be forgiven for keeping their default setting at cynical over the whole affair.

Less than a week after his name emerged, the questions to answers ratio is heavily in favour of the former.

The prospect of Cala getting his feet under the ownership table has unnerved many – from those inside the walls of Fratton Park to the Blues fan on the street.

The hope for all those who care about the club was simply a credible owner would quietly manoeuvre themselves into position at the club. Not much to ask, is it?

Is Joseph Cala the real deal? Pompey’s weary supporters have raised their doubts.

Can you blame them?