Andronikou rules out Howe’s interest in takeover

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FORMER Bad Company lead singer Brian Howe is not in the running to take over Pompey, according to administrator Andrew Andronikou.

Mr Andronikou, joint-administrator of the club’s parent company Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI), said he wants to put an end to speculation surrounding the lifelong Pompey fan’s interest.

Mr Howe, now based in Florida, has expressed his interest in securing the club’s future via social media websites.

In a message issued on a Twitter page believed to be that of Mr Howe, he wrote he was trying to contact the club’s former owner Balram Chainrai, whose firm Portpin is the secured creditor of CSI.

Mr Howe wrote he had not received a reply.

He is rumoured to be fronting a bid with the backing of business partner Vince Wolanin.

But Mr Andronikou said: ‘Mr Howe has never been in contact with me.

‘He has not made any effort at all to buy the club.

‘I emailed Mr Wolanin but he’s disappeared.’

The only party to have expressed their interest publicly is Sicilian American businessman Joseph Cala.

The 50-year-old pulled out of negotiations last month after failing to agree terms with Portpin, the firm owned by the club’s former owner Balram Chainrai.

‘There is no energy from Mr Howe and I put him in the same category as Mr Cala,’ added Mr Andronikou.

‘I’m sick and tired of it.

‘I would love for him to come to a meeting and talk to me face to face.’

Mr Howe has so far not commented to The News.