Lampitt: Five buyers currently eyeing Pompey

(l-r) Mark Storey, media director Portsmouth Football Club, David Lampitt chief executive Portsmouth Football Club and Lucius Peart commercial director Portsmouth Football Club.   Speaking at a fans meeting at the Victory Bar, Fratton Park, Portsmouth.
(l-r) Mark Storey, media director Portsmouth Football Club, David Lampitt chief executive Portsmouth Football Club and Lucius Peart commercial director Portsmouth Football Club. Speaking at a fans meeting at the Victory Bar, Fratton Park, Portsmouth.
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UP TO five parties are eyeing the capture of Pompey from Balram Chainrai and Levi Kushnir.

That is the claim of chief executive David Lampitt, who revealed the club are currently attracting more takeover interest than ever before.

Convers Sports Initiatives, the company belonging to Roman Dubov and Vladimir Antoniv has recently announced its intent.

Yet the Blues boss last night admitted in front of a supporters’ meeting at Fratton Park there are as many as five presently coveting Portsmouth.

Keith Harris, the chairman of investment bankers Seymour Pierce, has been appointed by the owners to help sell the club.

But Mr Lampitt does not believe they will meet the ‘two-week’ timescale recently mentioned by Mr Chainrai.

But he insisted there is plenty of interest from parties he refused to name.

He said: ‘Since last spring, shortly after the club went into administration, there has been a fairly consistent level of interest in the club from anywhere between one to three parties.

‘That hasn’t really changed. At the moment I think we have got four, maybe even five, interested parties.

‘At the moment, in terms of pure numbers, we probably have a bit more interest than there has been for a while.

‘That is understandable for the fact we have got through the administration period and have three or four months of reasonably healthy trading under our belts.

‘Any takeover speculation is quite damaging. You cannot say very much about it because often we don’t yet know whether a particular party is going to come up with the necessary to take the club forwards.

‘Balou made some comments recently but the reality is we are still in a situation where nobody has proven funds.

‘My anticipation is it won’t be a particularly quick process.’

Mr Lampitt clarified Pompey’s ownership situation in front of about 200 supporters during a one-and-a-half hour meeting in Fratton Park’s Victory Lounge last night.

Bill Gillon, owner of the Pompey Online website, said: ‘Everyone wants to give the club the benefit of the doubt. In the past communication has been bad, but hopefully this is the beginning of a fresh start.

‘We need a new owner as soon as possible – but it has to be the right person, everyone agrees on that.’

The evening was the first of the new quarterly supporters’ meetings between the chief executive and fans.

Those present included members of Pompey Supporters’ Trust, Pompey Supporters Club and Pompey Independent Supporters Association. One group not invited was SOS Pompey, which has recently been critical of the club’s management.

The group’s spokesman Bob Beech said: ‘I don’t want to hear rehearsed answers to rehearsed questions.

‘They should have opened it up to all fans on a first-come, first-served basis.’