Lampitt: We need speedy outcome to takeover

Pompey chief executive David Lampitt admits the club's takeover needs to be resolved soon
Pompey chief executive David Lampitt admits the club's takeover needs to be resolved soon
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David Lampitt admits Pompey’s takeover has to be sorted quickly to stop the club missing out on targets.

The Blues chief executive knows they are running the risk of losing men on Steve Cotterill’s long-established transfer hit-list as the takeover by the Convers Sports Initiatives group edges to a conclusion.

Positive noise is being made on all sides about the progress of the takeover by Russians Vladimir Antonov and Roman Dubov.

The hope is there could be a successful resolution by next week, with discussions becoming increasingly stretched and Blues supporters waiting to see the fate of their club.

Perhaps most encouraging is the upbeat air from the involved parties that the move can be completed.

Cotterill has long maintained he runs the risk of players being nabbed by other sides, though, the longer he has to wait to move.

Norwich are now circling over Ritchie de Laet and Hull are one of a number of sides keen on David Norris, although Pompey still look nailed on to land the midfielder.

Lampitt is fully aware of what is at stake in terms of getting the takeover across the line.

He said: ‘It’s so important that we have some certainty about the transaction as soon as possible.

‘We can then continue the process of rebuilding over the summer and beyond. It’s important move forward now. It’s for the good of the operation of the club that is the case.

‘We need to get these things sorted as soon as possible.’

Lampitt has barely been able to catch breath, with work on the takeover the latest chapter in a frenetic first season in his role as chief executive.

Now he is hopeful the work that has begun since the club avoided liquidation can move into a successful new chapter.

Lampitt said: ‘The process of rebuilding a great football club, which the supporters can be proud of, is only just beginning. We’ve been through a tough recovery process and extreme financial distress.

‘With the circumstances I came into, I didn’t anticipate it being anything else.

‘It’s probably been tougher than I thought it would be – and I knew it would be tough.

‘To be where we are on and off the pitch, though, looking at where we were a year ago, is no small achievement.

‘I’m the same as the manager, probably, in that we are not sitting back on it. The job is only part done.

‘So now the challenge is to build on that and carry the club forward.’