Proposed Pompey chief’s defiant call

STILL IN Iain McInnes
STILL IN Iain McInnes
Matty Kennedy. Picture: Joe Pepler

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THE Pompey Supporters’ Trust insists the takeover race is not over yet.

Iain McInnes, the proposed Pompey chairman if the trust takeover, moved to play down claims the supporters’ group was divided, adding its bid has been ‘analysed, accepted and may well be adopted’.

In a 10-point statement, Mr McInnes added that money raised by the trust, which has been sitting in a dedicated escrow account, will be invested ‘by way of equity and not loans at uncompetitive interest rates’.

He added there is a ‘separate contingency’ to contest the ‘likelihood of litigation’.

He said: ‘Now it’s the decision of The Football League and the application of rules they laid down.

‘All I can tell you is the day the trust bid team met at The Football League HQ, we were the only bid in town. I think the other was withdrawn. Although courteous and I think relieved they had a bid to survey, all the same they were probing, considered, challenging and discerning. If these criteria are maintained, there is likely to be only one outcome.’

He added that fans should stay united if Balram Chainrai’s Portpin ends up taking over the club again.

He said: ‘A lot can be achieved by talking directly, rather than about each other.

‘All I would respectfully say to Balu is “you can’t shake hands with a clenched fist”.’