Harris: I can bring stability to Pompey

Keith Harris
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POTENTIAL new Pompey owner Keith Harris says he can bring ‘much needed stability’ to the club.

Mr Harris, former chairman of the Football League, is fronting a bid for the club with Pascal Najadi.

He has confirmed the senior management team at Fratton Park will comprise of Mr Harris as chairman, former Swansea City chairman Steve Hamer as managing director, and former Pompey director John Redgate as chief financial officer.

In a statement, Mr Harris said: ‘I should first make clear that we would not have pursued this investment without sound financial backing and the right senior management. We have that.

‘Secondly, I should also be very clear that we will not be carrying forward any legacy issues associated with the recent past. We will be starting with a financial clean sheet.

‘Personally, I had signalled to my colleagues at the investment bank Seymour Pierce that I intended over a reasonable period of time to broaden my career interests and, therefore, I stepped down from the bank’s operating board on May 17, 2011, nearly two years ago. Over that period I have reviewed a number of opportunities in football. This, to me, became the stand out opportunity.

‘We have the people with the ability to achieve solid progress over the next few years and bring much needed stability to the Club. No-one on the new team underestimates the scale of the task that lies ahead. We understand, of course, that the fans, the commercial partners and the staff will have many questions and we will address these over the immediate period ahead.’

Mr Najadi added: ‘I am delighted to back Keith and his team in their endeavours to restore a club with such a rich history. Keith has clearly got a long and successful track record in English football and I am very confident in him, his executive colleagues and their five-year plan.’