It might take more than two weeks for new men to arrive

Balram Chainrai
Balram Chainrai
Jez Bedford in action for the Hawks against Sutton United

Hawks boss to call on Pompey duo again

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BALRAM Chainrai claimed a deal could be done in two weeks with Convers Sports Initiative.

But this will not necessarily mean the men behind the bid will hold the keys to Fratton Park within a fortnight.

They need to pass the Football League’s Fit and Proper Persons Test (FPPT), which was beefed up in the wake of Pompey’s crisis last season.

The test is self-certificating – prospective directors have to download it from the Football League website, fill it in and post it.

It then goes before the Football League board who can rubber-stamp it, refuse it or demand to know more.

A Football League spokesman refused to confirm or deny whether Pompey’s prospective owners have submitted the FPPT form, saying it was confidential information.

You can fail the FPPT if you: are directly or indirectly involved in running another club; hold ‘significant’ shares in another club; are subject to a ban or suspension from owning a club by a governing sports body; breach FA rules on betting; have an unspent conviction that comes under the Dishonest Act; are a registered offender; have an unspent conviction of 12 months or more; are disqualified from being a director of a firm; are bankrupt; were director of a club that suffered two unconnected insolvency events; or are director of at least two clubs that suffered insolvency.