Council leader says Trust is best option

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PORTSMOUTH City Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson says fans’ ownership is still the best long-term future for Pompey.

Speaking to The News after Keith Harris’ emergence as a rival to the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, Mr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘We have had so many people come forward who have suggested they will buy the club, but when push comes to shove they don’t have the money.

‘If they are bringing masses of new money into Pompey then we need to know that, or if they are just going to bring more debt then we need to know that too.

‘I have always said that the trust is the best long-term future for the club because it means it’s owned by Pompey supporters, but we need to know what this proposal is and what the outcome will be.’

Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock said: ‘On paper this bid sounds good but it leaves so many unanswered questions.

‘I can’t believe Mr Harris is looking to rent the ground off Portpin. I don’t know where he is going to find the money to do that.’

Pompey fan Bill Gillon, owner of fans’s site Pompey Online, said Mr Harris taking over instead of the supporters’ trust could divide fans.

He said: ‘The question everyone is asking is, i he Portpin by another name?

‘With Keith Harris taking over it’s likely those legacy issues will remain.

‘There will be a lot of fans that will not go to Fratton Park and there will be a split in the fans, when what the club needs is for everyone to pull together and have confidence in the ownership and go forward.

‘But some people will see it as a new owner which is fair enough.’

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